If you grew up in the 90’s, you might have somewhat felt that most movies were made for kids during those days. This is why 90’s babies have those movies and faces that they can never forget. However, a lot of those child stars’ careers do not last very long. If you have been wondering what your favorite child stars are doing now, here are some of them:
You cannot call yourself a 90’s baby if you do not know who Macaulay Culkin is. He is, no doubt, the biggest and most memorable 90’s child star that there is. During the 90’s, there was not a single holiday season where any of the “Home Alone” movies would repeatedly play across different channels around the world. The success of this franchise turned him into a superstar.
“I did 14 movies in six years, I had a cartoon TV show, and I don’t want to do that again. I just want to make unique pieces of art. That’s why I quit everything when I was 14 and sat around for eight years before I did another movie.” – Macaulay Culkin
20 years after attaining this status, he lives a much humbler life. Culkin had some difficult years in his life. At some point, he, too, struggled with landing decent roles. After all that he has gone through, Culkin decided to reinvent himself. He has been a member of comedy band Pizza Underground since 2013, which performs songs with pizza parodies. Unfortunately, the band has announced that they will be splitting after their next album.
You surely remember him as one of the naughtiest kids of the 90’s whose pranks you might have tried on friends and family. Mason Gamble was the actor behind Dennis the Menace. However, after taking on the role, very little was seen of him.
While he was that naughty kid that 90’s children idolized, Gamble appears to be the opposite in real life. He became a National Merit Scholar Finalist in high school. He excelled in sports and is an accomplished pole vaulter. He also graduated with a degree in Dentistry from UCLA and has been studying marine biology. He still acts once in a while in movies.
Christina Ricci’s Hollywood success as a child star even stretched to her teen years. Her fame skyrocketed when she bagged the role of Wednesday in “Addams Family.” She would also be cast in the lead role for “Casper.”
As she grew up, she started transitioning into indie films and artsy films. Although she can be rarely seen in big Hollywood projects, her film career is still going steady, although she caters to a different audience now.
Haley Joel Osment
Unlike most child stars, Haley Joel Osment was more flexible. He was not stereotyped for one role but, instead, he appeared in many different roles in blockbuster movies. Since big named directors can count on him to deliver great performances, he rose to superstardom quickly and became really successful.
Fast forward to his grown up years, he no longer has that superstar status but still gets a pretty decent amount of work. He lent his voice to the “Kingdom Hearts” games and his biggest recent success was the show “Comedy Bang! Bang!”
The Olsen Twins
The most memorable twins of the 90’s would be, no doubt, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They first caught attention when they starred in “Full House” until they earned an audience for their own TV shows. As they grew up, Mary-Kate continued acting but not with the same success she had as a child star.
The twins now have almost completely left Hollywood and are focused on their billion dollar fashion empire. Their sister Elizabeth has already overtaken their Hollywood success with big roles in “The Avengers” franchise, as the Scarlet Witch, and “Godzilla.”
While they may not be as big as they were before, it is good to see that these former child stars grew up pretty well. There is a current Hollywood trend where a lot of 90’s series and movies are being remade so, hopefully, we would see these stars again in the near future. Who was your favorite 90s child star and why? Do you have any news how he or she is doing now? Share with us what you know in the comments below.