12 Famous Teenagers That We Will Hardly Recognize Today

Each generation has its own heroes and some of them gain popularity before coming of age. Youth didn’t prevent these heroes from winning prestigious awards and even appearing on the lists of the most influential people in the world.

We at Smiles Tv found teenagers that built up their name before they became adults and found out how they look now and what they are up to.

1. Devon Sawa



Devon Sawa gained his popularity in the 2000’s thanks to his main role in the movie Final Destination and in Eminem’s video Stan. Today Sawa lives in Canada and still acts in movies, however, he hasn’t had any other noteworthy career highlights since then.

2. Thylane Blondeau

When Thylane was 10 years old, the media called her the most beautiful girl in the world. At that time she was already a popular model having first appeared on the runway at the age of 4. Now Thylane is 17 and she works with Chanel, H&M, Dolce & Gabbana, and other big brands. She also acts in movies.

3. Greyson Chance

When he was 12, Greyson sang Lady Gaga’s song “Paparazzi” at a school festival. The video was uploaded to the internet and became viral. Today Greyson is 21, he’s already received several prestigious music awards and currently combines music with his university studies.

4. Shane West

Shane West was remembered by audiences thanks to the drama A Walk to Remember where he had the main role. This film made the young actor quite popular: in the following years, he had permanent roles in several popular TV shows like ER and Salem.

5. Nathan Kane

Nathan became popular thanks to his brother Eminem, the rap singer who was at the peak of his popularity in the 2000s and continuously mentioned his family in his songs. Nathan has already grown old, he already has kids, and also plays music just like his popular brother. Bur it seems he is only doing it as a hobby.

6. Maddie Ziegler

Maddie has been dancing since the age of 2 and she became popular thanks to her part in Sia’s music videos. Today she is 16, she works as a model, and continues taking part in the music videos of famous singers.

7. Jaden Smith

Will Smith’s son first appeared on the big screen at the age of 8 — in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness. By the age of 20, he has already acted in several big blockbusters like The Day the Earth Stood Still and After Earth. Apart from filming, Jaden also dances and raps.

8. Chandler Riggs

The star of the TV series The Walking Dead has won the award for Best Young Actor for his role twice. In 2018, 19-year-old Chandler stopped taking part in the TV series, which gave him an opportunity to continue his university studies.

9. Alizée

It was Mylène Farmer who noticed Alizée at a music contest. She wrote several songs for her, one of which became a hit quickly and made her popular. Alizée hasn’t released new singles since 2014 but she still takes part in many charity concerts.

10. Elle Fanning

Elle is the younger sister of the popular actress Dakota Fanning and her career isn’t any less successful. She has already taken part in many popular films including Maleficent and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Today Elle is 20 and her filming schedule is already planned out several years ahead of time.

11. Amandla Stenberg

She became popular thanks to her role of Rue in The Hunger Games. By the age of 19, Amandla has already been in 8 movies. She is serious about her acting career and has been studying at the prestigious New York Film School for 2 years now.

12. Millie Bobby Brown

Millie is famous to people for her role in the TV series Stranger Things. By the age of 14, she had already been nominated for an Emmy Award and in 2017, she appeared Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Today Millie is an actress that is in high demand, and she continues acting in TV series, movies, and music videos.

Some teenagers are so talented they could go up against any adult. What other young celebrities do you remember? Please tell us about them in the comments!