I’m convinced that, as a parent, if you blink, you’ll miss your kids growing up. I swear that yesterday my twin 4-year-olds came out of their room three inches taller sans all of their baby fat. It happens fast! They look like little… big kids! They’re no longer the tiny little helpless creatures that I held in my arms only but a few years ago. It makes me misty.


Outside of my own children’s super-charged growth, when I see celebrity kids who were only youngsters yesterday all grown up driving cars and swollen in places that I don’t remember them being swollen, it absolutely blows my mind.

Celebrity kids seem to grow up even faster than your average every day variety kid. I don’t know if it’s the water in Hollywood, or the fast-paced environment; but celebrity kids only confirm for me that growing up happens overnight.

Check out the following 12 examples of celebrity kids grown up (or at least way bigger than you probably remember) and you’ll see what I mean.


Bindi Irwin

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I remember crying for little Ms. Bindi after hearing about the loss of her “Crocodile Hunter” father Steve Irwin. Now it seems Bindi has come into her own and grown into quite a lovely young lady.

At 16, Bindi is tackling controversial projects with Sea World and she’s even written a book and starred in her own workout video.

Willow and Jaden Smith

willow and jaden smith then and now
Between Willow “Whipping Her Hair” and Jaden establishing his acting career (and dating a Kardashian??) the Smith kids are becoming Hollywood royalty in their own right.

Didn’t it seem like just yesterday when they were super cute (seemingly innocent) little kids making their first big appearance on the Kid’s Choice Awards?

Nahla Berry

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Wasn’t Halle Berry just pregnant with her first child Nahla?! Now Ms. Berry has child number two and Nahla is 7-years-old. Where did the time go?!

Dylan and Cole Sprouse

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These two produced plenty of “aww” worthy moments playing one super cute 5-year-old kid in the Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy. They were once classified as the wealthiest kids alive back in 2007 from their Suite Life of Zack and Cody Disney days. Now, they’re all grown up and focusing their efforts on college and philanthropy. 

Moroccan and Monroe

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Adoringly referred to by Mariah Carey as “Dem Babies”, Moroccan and Monroe are growing up fast. Now, 4-years-old, the twins have already traveled the world and have an entire website dedicated to them and their awesome life with mom and dad.

Aoki and Ming Lee Simmons

aoki and ming lee then and now
We watched these adorable little girls turn into sweet young ladies on Kimora Life In the Fast Lane. It seemed to have happened in just a few short episodes. The older they get, the more beautiful they become which is not surprising at all given their mom’s super model status. 

Maddox Jolie Pitt

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It seemed like only yesterday that Maddox set the world abuzz when he made his debut as Angelina Jolie’s newly adopted son back in 2002. Now, it seems he’s coming into his own as a dapper young man. He most recently made an appearance with his mom at her Maleficent premiere looking stylish and mature. 

Lourdes Leon

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With Modonna as a mom, Lourdes Leon has lived her entire life through the lens of the paparazzi. We watched her own her unibrow as an adolescent and now she’s navigating the Hollywood life as a cool and trendy teen. 

Jonathan Lipnicki

jonathan lipnicki then and now
This is, in my opinion, the most “grown” of this group of grown up kids. Jonathan Lipnicki was absolutely adorable  as Renee Zellweger‘s know-it-all son in the 1996 smash Jerry Maguire. (Geez, that movie is that old?) Well, little Jonathan isn’t so little anymore. A self-proclaimed “gym rat”, Mr. Lipnicki is looking less cute and more cut these days. 

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning then and now
Dakota Fanning always seemed mature beyond her years; and even though I’ll always remember her as the adorable little round-eyed cutie from Charlotte’s Webb she’s now a 21-year-old stunner – with a 34-year-old boyfriend no less. 

Bryton McClure

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Bryton is best known for playing Little Richie: the adorable curly-mullet wearing cutie in Family Matters. I remember watching the show as a kid and think it’s crazy to now see “Little Richie” fully grown and all man. At 28-years-old Bryton has won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on The Young and the Restless


  1. Ashley
    July 8, 2015 at 5:57 am — Reply

    You are absolutely right about the kiddos! They grow so fast 🙁 Thanks for making me feel old!! KMSL!

    • July 16, 2015 at 9:23 pm — Reply

      Ha! Not my intent at all – but I feel old with you, so no worries. lol.

  2. July 19, 2014 at 8:32 am — Reply

    I really liked this post! Although it made me realize I'm old, I can't believe, even though I read People.com daily, that these kids are so old, too! I have to check out some of your older stuff.

    • July 19, 2014 at 9:12 am — Reply

      Thanks for reading! Isn't it crazy how fast those little jokers grow up?? lol. Yes ma'am! By all means look around. I appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

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