What these child stars look like today

It's not easy being a child star. Besides working long hours on set and missing out on typical childhood experiences, many young actors and actress have to worry about maintaining their careers after they've said goodbye to the iconic roles that made them a household name. And, unfortunately, not everyone succeeds. While some former child stars decided to leave the spotlight and pursue careers outside of the entertainment industry, others have sadly burned out after battling drug and alcohol abuse and making headlines for overall bad behavior. Others still have completely transformed their careers, becoming more famous than they ever once were.

What they all have in common, however, is that their fans always want to see what they're up to and how they've changed over the years. Here is what a number of famous child stars look like today. Fair warning: You might not recognize some of them anymore!

Lindsay Lohan

You probably first remember Lindsay Lohan in the dual role of Hallie Parker and Annie James in the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. After that film's success, she really hit it big in the early 2000s. In 2003 she starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in Freaky Friday before starring in both Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and the oft-quoted Mean Girls in 2004. In 2007, after a string of TV appearances and video shorts, she made her way back to film. That year she starred in Chapter 27, Georgia Rule, and I Know Who Killed Me.

Unfortunately, that year was also the first time she was arrested for driving under the influence. With mandatory court appearances and house arrest to contend with, Lohan's career stalled. She spent the next few years partying until she decided she "needed to grow up" and moved to London. She said it was the best thing she's ever done.

After moving to Dubai and acting in the British comedy Sick Note, she opened several beach clubs, strangely starred in a commercial for Lawyer.com, and announced a new MTV reality show. Clearly, she's been keeping busy. Unfortunately, in September 2018, she made headlines for posting a disturbing Instagram Live video, in which she followed a refugee family around, urging them to allow their two sons to stay at her hotel, and subsequently got knocked down by a concerned mother. Needless to say, people have been worried about Lohan's mental health.

Amanda Bynes

Lohan is far from the only young female star to struggle after experiencing life as a child star, and no one knows that better than Amanda Bynes. In 1996, Bynes made her debut on the Nickelodeon show All That, where her "Ask Ashley" sketch showed off her ability to play a range of emotions. In 1999, she starred in The Amanda Show before branching out into movies with Big Fat Liar in 2002, What a Girl Wants in 2003, She's the Man in 2006, an Hairspray in 2007. And she did all that while starring on the TV series What I Like About You.

But just when her career was at its peak, Bynes hit rock bottom. In 2010, she retired (and then unretired) from acting. Between March and September of 2012, she was arrested for two hit-and-runs, driving under the influence, and driving with a suspended license. From there, her behavior became even more bizarre and erratic, with media outlets claiming that her actions were the result of mental illness and that she was having a complete breakdown. In 2014, she revealed via Twitter that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Since then, she seems to be doing better and, in a June 2017 interview, Bynes, who'd studied fashion while away from the spotlight, said she is sober and ready to return to acting.

Macaulay Culkin

No, he isn't dead. After starring in Home Alone in 1990, Macaulay Culkin became arguably the most famous child star ever. Starring in everything from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and My Girl to playing the ultra-wealthy kid in Richie Rich and the partially animated bookworm in The Pagemaster, Culkin was everywhere. He even played a violent and pretty much legit evil kid in The Good Son. Oh, and he was in Michael Jackson's music video for "Black or White," after which the two became close friends and Culkin became the godfather to Jackson's kids. 

Then he kind of just disappeared, resurfacing briefly in the early 2000s with a role in Saved! From 2005 to 2010, he primarily voiced characters on Robot Chicken, and, beginning in 2013, he put his focus on his band The Pizza Underground. You may have also heard the drug rumors, seen that weird photo inception incident with Ryan Gosling, or watched the video short he did in 2015 where he played grown-up Kevin McAllister suffering from the trauma of being left home alone

Lucky for us, Culkin later signed on to star in Seth Green's Changeland. While we wait for Culkin to further make a big-screen comeback, we'll just have to settle for the photos of him with his famous goddaughter, Paris Jackson.

Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is known for playing the adorable and precocious little girl in tons of '90s movies. From her role as the youngest daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, the wise-beyond-her-years skeptic in 1994's Miracle on 34th Street, and the title character with telekinetic powers in 1996's Matilda, Wilson seemed poised to be the next big thing. Then she quit acting, officially retiring after her role in Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2000. 

Instead of acting, she's been pursuing her passion for writing. Not only did she have a website dedicated to her literary endeavors, but she released a book called Where Am I Now? in September 2016. Wilson does, however, still have a passion for voice acting and, in 2016, she voiced Jill Pill on the TV series BoJack Horseman. She has also been vocal about her struggles with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression, and she is very active on Twitter, if you want to find out what she's up to next.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore's successful career has spanned so many decades, it's easy to forget she started as a child star. In 1982, she stole hearts as the adorable little sister in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial before then playing Charlie — the little girl with pyrokinesis — in 1984's Firestarter. She then followed these films up with the 1985 horror film Cat's Eye

Still, Barrymore dealt with her share of child star troubles, including drugs and alcohol, but she kept working while in and out of treatment. With more than 20 credited roles between 1985 and 1995, it was her role in 1996's Scream that served as her second breakout gig. From rom-coms like Never Been Kissed and The Wedding Singer to Donnie Darko and Charlie's Angels, Barrymore stayed busy. 

Now clean and sober, Barrymore has said that her battle with addiction has made her a better mom. These days, you can watch Barrymore on the horror-comedy series The Santa Clarita Diet, for which she also serves as an executive producer.

Haley Joel Osment

You probably recognize Haley Joel Osment as the little boy who sees dead people in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense, but, prior to that 1999 breakout role, he had made guest appearances on many TV shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger and Murphy Brown, as well as several TV movies. 

While The Sixth Sense netted him many awards and nominations, as did his 2001 role in AI: Artificial Intelligence, Osment spent the next several years after his 2003 role in Secondhand Lions primarily doing voice acting for TV shows and video games, including Kingdom Hearts

Along the way he also made his Broadway debut and graduated from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. He has since made his return to acting with bit parts in the short-lived series Alpha House and the movie Entourage, as well in Silicon Valley, playing Keenan Feldspar.

Anna Chlumsky

After playing Vada in My Girl and My Girl 2, you probably saw Anna Chlumsky in a lot of places, but you may not remember them. While her role as Vada was by far her most memorable part of her youth, Chlumsky later appeared in many TV movies and series between 1994 and 2012, including Early Edition, 30 Rock, Law & Order (twice, each time as a different character), Covert Affairs, and White Collar. She also acted in productions on and off Broadway through 2015. 

But it was landing the role of Amy Brookheimer in Veep alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus starting in 2012 that has given Chlumsky her second big break. Chlumsky's performance has garnered her four Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In fact, it is a scene in which Chlumsky's character goes off on Louis-Dreyfus' character that many call the greatest Veep scene ever.

Tia and Tamera Mowry

Tia and Tamera Mowry are twin sisters who took the '90s by storm with their hit sitcom Sister, Sister. The series premiered in 1994, and, despite a network change, it continued until 1999. During that time the sisters also made appearances on episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Smart Guy. After Sister, Sister ended, the twins starred in Seventeen Again, The Hot Chick, Twitches, and Twitches Too, but, from that point forward, their careers took different paths. 

Tia starred as Melanie Barnett on the TV series The Game from 2006 to 2015, then, from 2015 to 2016, she lent her voice to Fresh Beat Band of Spies and had an arc on the TV series Mistresses. She also wrote a cookbook to accompany her show Tia Mowry at Home on the Cooking Channel.

Tamera, on the other hand, played shorter-lived roles on TV series Roommates, Things We Do For Love, and Melissa & Joey. Tamera also appeared on the reality series Daytime Divas in addition to her role as a co-host on the syndicated talk show The Real, which she's been part of since it premiered in 2013. Miss seeing the Mowry sisters together? Have no fear! Tia told Wendy Williams that a Sister, Sister reboot is "closer than ever."

Christina Ricci

Whether you know her best as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Kat in Casper, or young Roberta in Now and Then, it's safe to say the '90s were also kind to Christina Ricci. And her career certainly didn't stop there. Ricci is one of the few stars who has consistently worked ever since her big break, with multiple acting credits nearly every single year since 1993. 

From her roles in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, 200 Cigarettes, Sleepy Hollow, Prozac Nation, and Black Snake Moan, to her TV appearances on shows such as Ally McBeal, Grey's Anatomy, and The Good Wife, among others, Ricci has been busy. She was also one of the stars of the short-lived Pan Am, before playing the title character Lizzie Borden in the 2015 mini-series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles

Since 2015, she has starred as Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald on Z: The Beginning of Everything (which she also executive produces), and, in 2018, she appeared in the movie Distorted. While she hasn't stopped acting, Ricci has said that since she got married and had a baby, her most important role now is a mom and that she's a completely different person than she was before she had her son.

Jaleel White

You probably best know Jaleel White as Steve Urkel, the annoying, cheese-loving, nerd-next-door on Family Matters, but after nine years on the show, from 1989 to 1998, White mostly made guest appearances on single episodes of TV series with occasional longer arcs here and there (like his eight-episode run on Fake It Til You Make It). He also appeared on several reality competitions, including Celebrity Family Feud, Dancing with the Stars, and Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition

In addition to a role in the Me, Myself, and I television series, White has done voice work on the animated Guardians of Luna, acted in the drama The Choir Director and the comedy 5th of July, and hosted the game show Total Blackout. White clearly aims to show audiences everywhere that he's so much more than Urkel! 

Edward Furlong

If you didn't grow up in the '90s, chances are you may not know who Edward Furlong even is. His big breakout was in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day where he played John Connor, the son of Linda Hamilton's character Sarah Connor. Together with Arnold Schwarzenegger, they work to save themselves (and the world) from an evil cyborg. And it made Edward Furlong a certified '90s heartthrob. He was in all the girls' magazines at the time — you know, Teen Beat, Bop, and the like. 

Furlong followed T2 with mostly smaller movie roles and appeared in Aerosmith's music video for "Livin' on the Edge". Then, in 1998, he starred as Danny Vinyard in American History X alongside Edward Norton and, in 1999, as Hawk in Detroit Rock City. Poised to make a comeback, he found himself hospitalized in 2001 of a suspected overdose. Drug abuse, arrests, and restraining orders defined the next several years while he occasionally took on smaller acting projects. A pivotal role in 2011's The Green Hornet could have been a turning point, but he once again found himself in jail. He's still acting, however. Here's hoping he can get out of his own way.

Soleil Moon Frye

While her breakout role was playing the title role in the TV show Punky Brewster, Soleil Moon Frye may be most recognizable today from her role as Roxie King in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. In between, she was in several TV movies and series, but, after Sabrina, she primarily focused on voice acting, working on The Proud Family, Bratz, and Robot Chicken

These days her focus is a bit different. Focusing on DIT, she hosted Home Made Simple on OWN from 2013 to 2014. She has also grown her family, having had four babies and very publicly used Nutrisystem to lose weight following her pregnancies. In a 2017 interview with ET, she said she felt like her best self and wants to raise daughters who feel like their best selves. She also teased a Punky Brewster reboot — because what isn't being rebooted these days?

Hallie Eisenberg

Remember the days before DVRs and on-demand television when you actually had to watch commercials? If so, you probably remember Hallie Eisenberg as the Pepsi girl from the '90s. The younger sister of actor Jesse Eisenberg, Hallie used her Pepsi success to nab roles in Bicentennial Man and How to Eat Fried Worms. But after a small role in 2010's Holy Rollers, alongside her older brother, Eisenberg has seemingly retired from acting. If her Instagram account is any indication, she's leading a pretty normal life these days and is relishing being an aunt to Jesse's son.

Jonathan Lipnicki

The too-cute-for-words little boy from Jerry Maguire is all grown up. Even though the adorable little Jonathan Lipnicki also had roles on Dawson's Creek and The Jeff Foxworthy Show, much of his immediate work after Jerry Maguire was of the voice work variety. However, he also appeared in Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2, though fans remember him more from his role in The Little Vampire

The early 2000s brought Lipnicki, who suffered from depression and the effects of bullying, mostly small roles and bit parts on TV series. But in 2012, Lipnicki had a six-episode arc on the series MotherLover followed by eight episodes in 2016 on Interns of F.I.E.L.D. He later scored several gigs in 2017, including the horror movies Beware the Lake and Circus Kane

I guess nothing really scares you anymore once you've survived being a child star.

Corey Feldman

As one half of "The Two Coreys" of the '80s and '90s, Corey Feldman — alongside the other Corey (Haim) — was a huge star. While Feldman appeared in several TV series in the late '70s and early '80s, his role of Tommy in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, followed by his role as "Mouth" in The Goonies, set him up for superstardom. 

He went on to appear in more than 30 movies and TV shows in the '80s and '90s, including seven during those years with Haim. But by the 2000s, Feldman was relegated to mostly small parts until starring alongside Haim in the reality show The Two Coreys, which was canceled before the end of the second season. Once again back to bit parts, Feldman returned into the spotlight after Haim's death when he spoke out about alleged sexual abuse he and Haim suffered at Hollywood parties. He later opened up about an alleged pedophile ring in Hollywood, which, he claimed, put his life in danger.

In 2016, Feldman appeared on the TODAY show to promote his album — a performance that was dubbed "bizarre". Just a few weeks later, Feldman and his band returned to the show to defend the performance saying they were "not letting the bullies get to us." In 2017, the band set out on a summer tour, proving that they really weren't about to let anyone hold them back.

Kel Mitchell

Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda! But where in the world did Kel Mitchell go after his widely successful early career on All That, Kenan & Kel, and Goodburger? While his comedic partner Kenan Thompson found success on Saturday Night Live, Mitchell's success was harder earned. He lent his voice to T-Bone on Clifford the Big Red Dog from 2000 to 2003, then spent the rest of the early 2000s making mostly small guest appearances on TV series and movies. 

During his hardest times, Mitchell turned to drugs and alcohol and battled suicidal thoughts. But Mitchell made it through, crediting his survival to a return to his faith (he's the grandson of a preacher), as well as his relationships with his wife and kids. His return to faith also coincided with a return to work. Since 2015, he has starred as Double G on the Nickelodeon show Game Shakers.

Tina Majorino

Even if you don't know her name, you definitely know her face. Depending on where you first saw her, Tina Majorino may be best known as the young Enola (alongside Kevin Costner) in Waterworld, the adorable Toni (alongside the titular seal) in Andre, or as little Molly (alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Ray Liotta) in Corrina, Corrina. Regardless, the early '90s were good to her. But it wasn't until her 2004 role as the glamour shot-taking, handicraft-wielding Deb in Napoleon Dynamite that fans were left asking, "Where have I seen her before?" and then, "Whatever happened to the girl that played Deb?" 

True fans will know that between her child-actor blockbusters and her appearance as Deb, Majorino was in an assortment of TV movies and, after her Dynamite fame, she played Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie on Veronica Mars from 2004 to 2007. Along the way she continued to make multi-episode appearances on other TV shows like The Deep End, Big Love, Bones, and True Blood. But it was perhaps her run on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Heather Brooks that thrust her back into the spotlight, which she reportedly left to reprise her role as Mac on the Veronica Mars movie along with the short-lived TNT series Legends. Whether that was the right or wrong decision is debatable. 

Tom Felton

While it's possible you remember Tom Felton as little Peagreen from 1997's The Borrowers, chances are you know him best as the cunning and despicable Slytherin student Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter film franchise. Oh Draco, how we love to hate you. The role earned Felton two MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain and, weirdly, inspired would-be real-life Pansy Parkinsons who love the villain. Notably, even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has said how unnerving it is that teenage girls fall for the villainous Malfoy.

Still, if you kept up with Felton's recent works, it's easy to ask whether these ladies were falling for Malfoy or perhaps for Felton himself. While he continued to play a villain whose death we couldn't wait for in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, his television appearances in the past few years have seemingly culminated in his role as Julian Albert on the CW's The Flash, a role that finally sees him (spoiler alert) overcoming his villainous turn as the Barry Allen-hating, supervillain-possessed jerk and becoming the lovable scientist who falls in love with Caitlin Snow. 

Ariana Grande

Long before Ariana Grande was teaching us that god is a woman and before she got engaged to that that dude from Saturday Night Live after a minute of dating, the ponytailed songstress was a full-fledged Nickelodeon star. Grande appeared as flighty Cat Valentine first in Victorious and then in the crossover hit Sam & Cat, opposite iCarly star Jennette McCurdy.

But Grande, though thankful for the role, wasn't exactly thrilled at continuing on playing the ditzy character. Grande told People, "For a long time I was attached to a character that was nothing like myself. It was a little frustrating." Thankfully, just a few years later, she would relaunch her career as a sassy mini Mariah-in-training with a slew of hits to her name.

Unfortunately, the devastating terrorist attack at her show in Manchester, England in 2017 threw her for a loop. But Grande showed wisdom far beyond her years in the aftermath, using her experiences to create her album Sweetener. "When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?" she explained to Time.

Daniel Radcliffe

The boy who lived would've rather been known as anything else in the world following the phenomenon that made him a household name. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe ensured his subsequent career path was as winding and weird as possible by starring in sweet rom-coms like What If and funky oddities like Horns. He even went undercover as a white supremacist in Imperium. Perhaps the weirdest role on the young Brit's resume, however, is one of a flatulent corpse, who is ridden like a jet-ski by co-star Paul Dano in the inimitable Swiss Army Man

Speaking to GQ, Radcliffe admitted that most people expect him to have a bit of an attitude due to his child star fame. "People say to me, 'I was so expecting you to be a d**k,'" he said, joking, "In a way it's great, because pretty much everyone I've met in the last 10 years has expected me to be a complete t**t. So it's easy to exceed that." 

Kenan Thompson

For readers of a certain age, there was no show more important to their adolescence than Kenan & Kel. And while Kel Mitchell continued to appear on Nickelodeon in his adult life with the hit show Game Shakers, his buddy Kenan Thompson took an entirely different route

He first started his career on Nick's ensemble show All That at just 15 years old, before graduating to his own show, Kenan & Kel, at age 18. He stayed until 2000, and in 2003 he joined SNL. He admitted to feeling like an outsider at first, but he soon became one of the sketch comedy's MVPs. In fact, he's the longest-running cast member at the time of this writing, as noted by Vanity Fair in a 2018 profile of the beloved comedian

As for his rumored estranged friendship from Mitchell, in a 2018 radio interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, Thompson set the record straight, making it clear that the two never had any real beef.

Josh Peck

Although Kenan & Kel were the dynamic Nick duo for one generation of kids, a whole other group of youngsters felt the same way about Drake & Josh. Starring Drake Bell and Josh Peck as a couple of mismatched stepbrothers, the show shared a similarly wacky sense of humor with Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell's iconic series. 

Although most people would be embarrassed about their awkward teen years being preserved forever, Peck has taken it in stride, frequently referencing his earlier career on his Twitter account and telling MTV in an interview that the only thing he regrets is his hair. "There have definitely been seasons of Drake & Josh that I would buy back my hairstyle if I could," he admitted.  

Peck and Bell reunited on Peck's short-lived sitcom Grandfathered, much to fans' delight. Though they had a difficult time when Bell later wasn't invited to Peck's wedding, they subsequently made up, with Bell even hinting to Entertainment Tonight that a Drake & Josh reunion could still be in the cards. 

Miranda Cosgrove

The world first fell in love with Miranda Cosgrove as the plucky Summer in School of Rock. She later starred on a couple of heavy-hitter Nickelodeon shows — first as the meddling little sister on Drake & Josh and then as the titular Internet celebrity on iCarly. Cosgrove also managed to juggle starring in movies like the Despicable Me franchise and having a successful music career. 

However, when asked by Seventeen about her favorite thing to do, Cosgrove shared that it was acting in iCarly. "It's so much fun and I love getting the script every week and not really knowing what insane thing I'm going to be doing. It's just like an adventure every episode," she explained.

In 2017, with the show wrapped, Cosgrove admitted to Collider that she and co-star Jennette McCurdy had watched old episodes of iCarly to bask in how dorky they both were. The only thing Cosgrove would change, if she could, would be some of the ridiculous outfits she wore on the show. 

Zendaya

Nowadays, the artist known simply as Zendaya is all grown up. But young Ms. Coleman actually started her career as a dancer opposite Bella Thorne in Shake It Up, the hit Disney show she was cast on at age 13 (via Glamour).   

Zendaya later became one of the youngest Disney producers ever when she parlayed her position into producing and starring in K.C. Undercover, a popular show about a family of secret agents. Her career later included head-turning roles in films like The Greatest Showman and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

However, Zendaya may perhaps best be known as an activist. The singer and actress memorably called out a magazine for Photoshopping an image to make her appear skinnier. "As my social platforms grew, I realized that my voice was so much more important than I had originally thought. I think if every young person understood the power of their voice, things would be a lot different," she told Glamour

Ross Lynch

Harry Potter himself may have starred in a movie about a farting corpse, but one would be hard pressed to find a transformation more shocking than Ross Lynch's. The actor went from Disney sweetheart in the hit show Austin & Ally to notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer. In an interview with GQ, he admitted that he hadn't sought out the material. However, while working with Disney, he always wanted to do something "independent" and "maybe a little darker."

Lynch's performance gained widespread critical acclaim, but that doesn't mean his Disney character Austin Moon is completely behind him. When questioned by GQ about whether he'd ever revisit his most famous TV role, Lynch suggested that he maybe would in the future. "While on set, we did always joke that we'd love to have an HBO revival where we're like 30 years old, and do a season that's completely R-rated. I think there's a market for that, honestly. And I honestly would totally be down for that!" he enthused.  

Elijah Wood

Nowadays, Elijah Wood is in complete control of his own destiny, producing oddities like The Greasy Strangler and Mandy via his company SpectreVision. But back in 1993, when a 12-year-old Wood was just starting his career, his mother was still in charge. Wood was banned from doing horror movies and anything that didn't give a good impression. "[It's] important to be a good example when you're in the movie industry," she told the Los Angeles Times firmly. 

Thankfully, decades years later, Wood is able to watch and star in as many horror movies as he pleases (his lengthy and varied career has included playing a first-person killer in the esteemed 2012 remake of slasher classic Maniac). He enthusiastically told Nylon that SpectreVision is "always looking for films that have a unique voice and are pushing things forward or doing something different with horror and genre cinema."

Wood is interested primarily in the art of filmmaking itself. He simply chooses projects that he wants to be a part of. Hopefully his mother approves. 

Shia LaBeouf

Poor Shia LaBeouf is arguably most famous nowadays for putting a bag on his head and proclaiming he was no longer famousHe started his career when he was a little kid, but LaBeouf's breakout role came with the Disney hit Even Stevens. On why he first got into show business, he told Parade back in 2009 that his reasons were purely financial. "I just knew that money was a solution to whatever the hell was going on in my household," he said. "So I went after a job that I thought I could make the most money for a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old boy."

These days, he's a lot more careful with his words, admitting to an Esquire interviewer that he'd practiced their chat with his therapist. In that career-spanning discussion, LaBeouf stated emphatically, "I'm a buffoon. My public outbursts are failures. ... I need to take ownership of my s**t and clean up my side of the street a bit before I can go out there and work again, so I'm trying to stay creative and learn from my mistakes." 

Cole Sprouse

A whole generation is falling in love with Cole Sprouse's Jughead on Riverdale, but he'll always be Cody from Disney Channel's The Suite Life, Ross' son Ben from Friends, or even Adam Sandler's adopted kid Julian from Big Daddy.

"I don't regret anything about my younger career, mainly because we were children and didn't have too much power, but also because it gave us the privilege to be where we are now," Sprouse told Hunger magazine, as reported by Teen Vogue

Although he's now a bonafide sex symbol thanks to Riverdale, the former child star insists he went through an awkward stage in college, during which time he quit showbiz and majored in archaeology. "I had long hair down to my nipples and a pubey mustache and like all tweed so just not really a good look," he revealed to People. "It was bad, it was bad. Don't look for photos."