33 Child Stars Who Turned Out OK
They're not all like Angus T. Jones
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Neil Patrick Harris participates in the LA Mission give Thanksgiving meals for the homeless on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – For every child star like Angus T. Jones trashing his own show, there's a Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who started acting at age seven but has managed to turn into a movie star while apparently remaining well-adjusted and normal. The Huffington Post rounds up an impressive 32 more of the latter:

  • Claire Danes: She became famous at just 14 thanks to My So-Called Life, and she's maintained that success as an adult (Homeland, Temple Grandin) with no meltdowns.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio: He started getting TV work at age 16, and now as an adult, he's one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.
  • Fergie: The Black Eyed Peas' singer started out as a 9-year-old on Kids Incorporated.

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Hard to believe this cult favorite and How I Met Your Mother star started out as Doogie Howser at age 15.
  • Ron Howard: The hit director and producer got his acting start at the shockingly young age of 18 months.
  • Mila Kunis: She's surprisingly well-adjusted for starting out as a 12-year-old actress—we'll forgive her her choice of boyfriend.
  • Elisabeth Moss: The Emmy-nominated Mad Men actress started acting at age 8, with roles on an NBC miniseries as well as the series Picket Fences.
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Dec 3, 2012 8:35 AM CST
The ones who smoked didn't turn out o.k.
Dec 2, 2012 10:28 PM CST
Okay, reality check time. Maladjusted former child actors are great to read about in tabloids and make fun of. Well adjusted ones? Well, they really bore me.
Dec 2, 2012 4:44 PM CST
Legen... wait for it ... ...