Sometimes with our favorite celebrities, we get to see them have children and watch those children grow up. It’s part of the fascination that we have with celebrities. Seeing them fall in love, get engaged, and then married and, of course, follow that with having children. It’s like having a window into someone else’s life.
Part of the paparazzi’s job is to get pictures of the celebrity children because those photos sell magazines and newspapers. Even though celebrities have often tried really hard to keep their children out of the spotlight, it can be difficult unless they want to shelter them from the world entirely. After all, the media will stop at nothing to get the pictures that they want. But because of that, we get to see the celebrity children grow up over the years.
It’s always fun to see celebrity children growing up, though it's not always because of the paparazzis' best intentions. But it's especially entertaining since sometimes those kids don’t even look the same anymore. We have the celebrity photos that you are dying to see and some of them just may blow your mind. Check out these 25 unrecognizable photos of these celebrity kids all-grown-up.
25 Dakota Fanning Is A Powerhouse
Dakota Fanning has been in the industry since she was a little kid. She won our hearts over with that sweet little face in movies like I Am Sam, Sweet Home Alabama, and Man on Fire.
She was clearly a talented actress even back then, but these days she has basically become a multi-faceted powerhouse.
She’s also been juggling her career and going to college. "I go to the Gallatin school [at NYU], so you create your own major. I’ve been studying film and the portrayal of women in film,” Dakota said.
24 Hailie Jade Scott Is Grown Up
Hailie Jade Scott grew up to be so beautiful that she almost doesn’t look real. We have been hearing about this little girl in Eminem’s rap songs over the years. He worked to be a better man throughout his life and career for his daughter, and she’s grown up mostly away from the spotlight.
Hailie is actually 21 now- can you believe it?- and attending Michigan State University. She’s not quite a "celebrity," but she has over a million followers.
23 Rumer Willis Is Blonde
Rumer Willis just turned 30 and it’s hard to believe so much time has gone by since she was a little girl on her mom’s arm at events.
She definitely looks a lot different than she did as a child, and these days she is sporting a new blonde look.
She shed the black hair that made her look so much like her mom, Demi Moore. She has been on the TV show Empire and has three projects in the works. Currently, she is filming Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
22 Maddox Jolie-Pitt Was First
The first child that Angelina Jolie adopted was Maddox Jolie-Pitt, who was born in 2001 in Cambodia. Now 17 years old, Maddox looks quite a bit different though he still likes to sport a mohawk. This is one child that has no interest in the spotlight, according to the media itself.
"Maddox hates the glitz and glamour that comes with being a Hollywood star," an insider told Life & Style. "He doesn’t really like attending any kind of showbiz event. He’ll make a brief appearance if he has to, but celeb events aren’t his thing."
21 Sofia Richie Is Modeling
These days it seems as if she is most known for her relationship with the reality star Scott Disick, but the starlet has also created a career of her own.
She has built a following in modeling that includes brands like Chanel and Tommy Hilfiger.
“Sometimes you just want to walk out of your house and look ugly and get a coffee and wear your sweatpants all day. Like, I left the house, like, ‘This is perfect,’” she told Complex sarcastically.
20 Jaden Smith Looks Like Dad
Jaden Smith certainly has grown up a lot since he played the cute little kid in the reboot of The Karate Kid. Over the years we could have even called him a little weird. He’s had his hair every color on the planet, as well as shaved and in dreadlocks.
For a while, we all thought he was going to be an actor as he played a lot of roles with his dad. But he’s also ventured into a singing career and has started a water company with his pops Will.
19 Ava Phillippe Is Reese’s Twin
Ava Phillippe has grown up to be a beautiful lady and she looks so much like her mom, Reese Witherspoon. Despite looking so much like her mom, we can also see Ryan Phillippe in there too; it’s like she has the perfect combination of parental features.
Ava made her modeling debut this year and her mother couldn’t have been more proud.
"My girl. Beautiful inside and out. So proud of you @avaphillippe," the doting mama posted online in tribute of her daughter.
18 Kaia Gerber Is Following Mom
Kaia Gerber was such a cute little kid and she has grown up to be a beauty. Seriously, talk about the spitting image of her famous supermodel mom, Cindy Crawford.
"My mom and I have the exact same mannerisms — the way we talk and the gestures that we made. We both use our hands a lot to talk. Sometimes, I'll say something, and people will be like, 'I just thought you were your mom.' Although we do look alike, it just the way that we act is alike, and we just picked up on each other's habits."
17 Sailor Brinkley Cook Loves Modeling
This is another case of the apple not falling far from the tree. It’s interesting to see the daughters of these legendary models growing up to follow in their mothers' footsteps.
In fact, Sailor snagged a rookie cover of Sports Illustrated and she can probably thank her mom for that.
“She mostly just told me to be myself and to be kind to others, and that’s the biggest thing,” she said. “I feel like the best career that you can have in the modeling industry is just being who you are and being kind to others and letting jobs and clients and everything flow.”
16 Paris Jackson Has Big Dreams
Seriously, can she get any more beautiful? It's like Paris transforms every year. She sure has changed from an awkward teen into a beautiful woman. Jackson has also stated that she wants to have a successful career like her dad.
“Paris wants to extend herself in the acting department and instead of doing roles here and there she wants to star in her own show,” a close source told HollywoodLife. “She would like it to be more on the serious side and involve some sort of magic and mystery, something very unique, challenging and exciting.”
15 Lourdes Leon Is All Grown Up
Madonna’s daughter Lourdes is all grown up and as gorgeous and trendy as her mother. She’s 21 now and going to the University of Michigan. But it’s interesting how celebrity children run from Los Angeles when it comes to going to school.
In Lourdes' case, it was probably because she wanted to disappear and not have people following her.
When she’s not in school, she is modeling for Stella McCartney and Converse. Obviously, she is both beautiful and intelligent, the perfect combination.
14 Rafferty Law Is A Model
If you ever wanted to know what happened to Jude Law and Sienna Miller’s son, well, he’s all grown up. He’s 21 now and into music and fashion. He is modeling right now and is also interested in starting his own fashion label called Something to Hate On.
And Jude Law has been giving his son lots of advice; “A lot of it is 'don't do it!' You know, life's an interesting thing, isn't it? You only get to where you get to from learning to get up from falling down, making mistakes and... I'm explaining all of this as a father watching your sons. You can't always catch them. Otherwise, they won't learn."
13 Ireland Baldwin Is Part Of Fashion Week
Ireland Baldwin is the daughter of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. It seems like all the celebrity children are modeling and Baldwin is yet another statistic!
But it wasn't always easy getting where she wanted to be, Ireland admits.
"I battled with many... body issues as a younger girl and it took me a long time to find self-love and acceptance!” she continued. "Trust me, all of that pain and destruction I inflicted on myself wasn’t worth it. Turning down so. Many. Sides. Of fries. Wasn’t worth it!!”
12 Lily Sheen Just Graduated
Lily Sheen is the daughter of Martin Sheen and Kate Beckinsale. If it's not clear enough, she definitely gets her looks from her mother. She is out of high school now and she’s been accepted into the school of her choice- she got accepted at New York University) where the tuition costs $35,900 for Harvard-Westlake!).
It’s up in the air as to what she is majoring in, but maybe it’s literature like her mother dabbled in.
11 Dylan Frances Penn Takes After Mom (And Dad)
Just like her mother, Robin Wright, Dylan is already a young woman who draws attention. Her father is Sean Penn and between the two of her parents, they made one beautiful girl.
She is following in her mother’s footsteps with the desire to not only model but act as well.
She has already had a few bit parts, so she is on the right track. We will have to see if she is able to trail blaze the same career that her mother did.
10 Billie Catherine Lourd Is Star Wars Chic
What a gorgeous young lady Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, turned out to be! She is also following in her mother’s footsteps by getting into the acting industry. She's no stranger to the big screen by any means- she also used to date Twilight star Taylor Lautner.
Just like her mother, she got to star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She was also in the TV shows Scream Queens and American Horror Story. She is set to star in Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019.
9 Lila Grace Moss Hack Is A Teen Sensation
Practically all supermodels had babies and Kate Moss was no different. Daughter Lila Grace is gorgeous just like her mother as she grows into her teens. She’s young, but she’s the perfect age for modeling and she’s already been into it.
Her mother owns Kate Moss Modeling Agency and the model has signed her own daughter.
At least she doesn’t have to worry about anyone else in control of the jobs that her daughter gets! Plus, what better way for mom and daughter to bond?
8 Ella Bleu Travolta Is A Starlet Out Of The Spotlight
We rarely see Ella Bleu Travolta out in the spotlight. But she made a rare appearance to celebrate John Travolta receiving the Variety Cinema Icon award at the Cannes Film Festival.Ella also starred in the movie Old Dogs with her father, so she may have acting in her blood.
The Poison Rose is in post-production and she’s going to be starring in it, too. Maybe she is planning to have a career in Hollywood just like her parents, but they have sure kept her out of the spotlight for a while.
7 Brooklyn Beckham Is Tired Of Studying
Brooklyn Beckham has a passion for photography and he was studying at Parsons but decided to postpone his four-year program and head back home.
Apparently, Brooklyn wants to focus more on a photography internship instead of academics.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with taking the unconventional route toward life skills and education. Brooklyn might be tired of academics for now, but the world is essentially his oyster already- after all, his model mom and dad have never kept their kids away from the real world.
6 Bindi Irwin Is Making A Difference
Bindi Irwin is all grown up and she has a boyfriend. She’s also trying to make a difference in the same way that her father used to. "I don’t want Daddy’s passion to ever end," she said in her eulogy at his funeral. "I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did."
Bindi is 20 now and still working at the zoo that her father owned. She’s also done some acting and also won the 21st season of Dancing With the Stars.
5 Frances Bean Cobain Looks Different
Frances Bean Cobain has been working as a model and an artist and has stated that because of the death of her father, “I feel like I have a deep spiritual understanding that most people probably don’t.”
Frances also has an interesting take on her father's life.
“Kurt got to the point where he eventually had to sacrifice every bit of who he was to his art, because the world demanded it of him. I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt... everyone would be happier without him. In reality, if he had lived, I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience.”
4 Carys Zeta Douglas Is Acting
It can’t be easy to grow up with powerhouse parents like Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. And Carys' father himself comes from a long line of actors. “When I was younger I didn’t like the idea of having this name attached to me, this kind of 'Douglas dynasty' stuff,” Carys explained. But she does want to go into acting just like her parents.
“I think what bothers me the most is that people think I don’t work hard for it, that I don’t need to work hard for it. That anything I do gets handed to me. When, honestly, I feel like it’s the opposite. I feel I need to constantly prove myself to people—that I am not just my parents’ daughter.”
3 Jack Quaid Takes After Dad (And Mom)
Jack Quaid is the son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid and we've alrady seen him in Hunger Games.
Jack's following his parents into the industry, and they are supporting him.
“Most parents if you say, ‘I’m going to try to be an actor,’ they say, ‘What are you talking about, that’s not a viable career,’” Jack told Us. “But they’re two people that have done it and succeeded at it, so they encouraged me. When I said, ‘I want to do what you guys do,’ they were like, ‘OK. Go for it.’”
2 Mamie Gummer Is Working Her Way
It can’t be easy to go into Hollywood when your mom is iconic actress Meryl Streep. Those are huge shoes to fill, and although Mamie has appeared in a lot of TV shows, she’s not yet achieved anywhere near her mother’s success.
“Well, I’ve been watching her my whole life,” Gummer says about her mom. “Not just how she acts – if she has a secret to her success, she hasn’t passed that on – but how she behaves and interacts with the world; like any kid does with a parent.” Her most recent project was the TV Show True Detective.
1 Francesca Eastwood Has A Legendary Father
Francesca is 25 years old now and is a model, actress, TV personality and socialite.
She’s been acting in the industry for over five years now- but she's not yet earned the notoriety of her dad or her brother Scott.
“My dad would come to school to pick me up, and all of a sudden, the teachers were a lot nicer. They would be like, ‘Oh, your daughter is such a good student. She’s so creative.’ And I’d be like, are you kidding me? You literally have to ask me to leave the class every five minutes.” As for celebrity spotlight, Francesca famously married Jonah Hill’s brother, only to have the marriage annulled a week later.
Sources: Red Book Mag, MSN, Allure, ET Online, AOL