Back in the 1990s, there were so many iconic television shows and classic films that came out and were enjoyed. Many of these works featured child stars who many of us related to, as well. There were courageous children, cute crushes, and captivating celebrities who—believe it or not—are all grown up now. But that is not all… A lot of these people are married now!
It can be hard to imagine that, and it may make a few of us feel sort of old, but this is exciting; these stars have seen success in their work (since we remember them from some of our favorite series and flicks), and now, they have found happiness outside of work, too (which has brought about even more success, in a bigger and better way!).
Who all is married, though? Where are they now? Do any of them have kids of their own? Do they all? Will we even recognize them any longer? And did any of these celebs end up marrying each other?
All of these answers and more can be found down below, as we look back at 20 child stars who have now found the loves of their lives and are really nailing this adulting thing.
Back in the day, Zachery Ty Bryan played the oldest son, Brad Taylor in Home Improvement, but now, he is all grown up, married and with kids! He met Carly Matros in the fifth grade at La Canada Junior High School.
These two were engaged in 2005, married in 2007, and began welcoming kids into the world soon after that; they have twin daughters, Gemma and Taylor, who were born in 2014, and another daughter, Jordana, who was born in 2016. Plus, according to Daily Mail, the actor announced that a boy is coming soon, as he and his wife are expecting a fourth child!
Melissa Joan Hart starred in Sabrina The Teenage Witch as well as in Clarissa Explains It All. While she has continued to act ((like in Lifetime and Hallmark films, as well as in series such as Dancing With the Stars, Melissa & Joey, and the upcoming No Good Nick), she also became a married woman!
In 2003, she married musician Mark Wilkerson and details from their wedding were seen by fans in a TV miniseries called Tying the Knot, brought about by Hart's production company, Hartbreak Films. This couple also has three sons, who were born in 2006, 2008, and 2012.
Another popular actress from the 1990s—and one who is still seen plenty today—is Christina Ricci. She made her film debut at the age of nine in Mermaids and then played Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family and its sequel. She also appeared in Casper, Now and Then, and Sleepy Hollow.
When it comes to her love life, she started dating comedian and actor Owen Benjamin in 2008 and they were engaged the next year, but the relationship ended two months later. In 2013, she got engaged to dolly grip James Heerdegen—they were married the same year and they now have a son named Freddie!
Mark-Paul Gosselaar may always be known as Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell (and all its incarnations). According to People, Gosselaar dated each his three female co-stars, and while many fans probably wanted Zack and Kelly (Tiffani Thiessen) to end up together in real life, that didn’t happen.
Instead, he married former model Lisa Ann Russell in 1996 and they have two children (a son named Michael Charles and daughter named Ava Lorenn). This couple separated in 2010, and Gosselaar got engaged to advertising executive Catriona McGinn in 2011. Now, they are married with two kids, too (a son named Dekker and a daughter named Lachlyn).
Speaking of Tiffani Thiessen… This star of the ‘90s—Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell and Valerie Malone in Beverly Hills, 90210—is married, as well! She used to date Brian Austin Green, also of Beverly Hills, 90210, but another previous boyfriend, actor David Strickland, passed away. At another time, she was engaged to actor Richard Ruccolo.
But then, in 2005, Tiffani married Brady Smith (an actor who has been seen in ER, Charmed, CSI: Miami, White Collar, and Happyland), and this couple has two kids: Harper Renn Smith, a daughter born in 2010, and Holt Fisher Smith, a son born in 2015.
Soleil Moon Frye is best known as being Penelope "Punky" Brewster from the show Punky Brewster. She was also on Sabrina the Teenage Witch as Roxie, Sabrina’ s friend. She appeared in other popular television series, as well, such as The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell, and Friends.
And in 1998, she married television producer Jason Goldberg, and these two have four children together, all of whom have really interesting and fun names: daughters Poet Sienna Rose (born in 2005) and Jagger Joseph Blue (born in 2008) and sons Lyric Sonny Roads (born in 2014) and Story (born in 2016).
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is known for roles in A River Runs Through It, Angels in the Outfield, 10 Things I Hate About You, and 3rd Rock from the Sun. He is also known for keeping his personal life on the down-low; he secretly married Tasha McCauley, a scientist, in 2014. They had a son in 2015 and welcomed their second child (another son) in 2017.
And all of this big news didn’t come out until after it was already said and done! They continue to try and stay out of the spotlight, but when this family is seen out and about, they look really happy.
Back in the day, so many people wanted to either be or date Topanga Lawrence, Danielle Fishel’s character from Boy Meets World. After that show ended, Fishel attended California State University, where she met Tim Belusko. The two got engaged in 2012, married the next year, and divorced a couple of years after that.
In 2018, though, Danielle married Jensen Karp (writer, comedian, art dealer, producer, podcast host, and former rapper, who was known by his stage name Hot Karl), and this year, they announced that they are expecting their first child together. Danielle is due in July 2019—how exciting!
Jennifer Love Hewitt played Sarah in Party Of Five, and she was in films from the '90s like I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and Can't Hardly Wait. In 2005, she began dating actor Ross McCall after he was on her show Ghost Whisperer, and they got engaged in 2007... then called it off in 2008.
Then in 2012, Hewitt began dating Brian Hallisay, who was on The Client List with her. In 2013, Hewitt announced that they were engaged and expecting their first child together. Later that year, Us Weekly reported that they had married and had a daughter, and in 2015, they had a baby boy!
Corey Feldman was big in the ‘80s, as he appeared in Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand by Me, and The Lost Boys, but in the ‘90s, he voiced Donatello in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. He was married to actress Vanessa Marcil from 1989 until 1993 and was then married to actress and model Susie Sprague from 2002 to 2009, with the two welcoming a son together.
In 2016, Corey married long-time girlfriend Courtney Anne Mitchell (in a wedding officiated by producer Marklen Kennedy in Las Vegas), the keyboard player and DJ in his band, Corey Feldman and the Angels.
Candace Cameron Bure is best known as D.J. Tanner on Full House, which ran from 1987 until 1995. But who knew that this actress (who is now in Fuller House) has been married to the same person since 1996? Yes, she is married to NHL hockey player Valeri Bure, who is from Russia, and the two were introduced at a charity hockey game by her co-star Dave Coulier!
Together, she and Bure have three children: a daughter and two sons. She is also a Christian and has said in interviews like one with OK Magazine that her faith is the binding force in her marriage.
Another well-known star of this time is Kirk Cameron, who is actually Candace Cameron Bure’s brother and who was Mike Seaver on Growing Pains! Like his sister, he has been married to one person for quite some time: his Growing Pains co-star Chelsea Noble.
The couple got married in 1991 and they have six kids, four of whom were adopted; Jack was born in 1996, Isabella was born in 1997, Anna was born in 1998, Luke was born in 2000, Olivia was born in 2001, and James was born in 2003. Kirk and his wife co-founded The Firefly Foundation and are both evangelical Christians.
During the 1990s, Claire Danes appeared in movies such as Little Women and Romeo + Juliet and starred as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life from 1994 to 1995. Her first kiss was actually at age fourteen, on this series, with Jared Leto! She then dated singer Ben Lee and later actor Billy Crudup (Crudup had been dating actress Mary-Louise Parker, but the two split while she was seven months pregnant with their child).
In 2006, though, Claire met actor Hugh Dancy, and they got engaged and married in 2009. This couple welcomed their first child—a son—in 2012 and then welcomed another in 2018.
Barry Watson played Matt Camden, the oldest kid, on 7th Heaven, and now, he is on his third marriage. First, he was married to Laura Payne-Gabriel, whom he met through actress Tori Spelling. Then he reunited with high school classmate and reality television personality Tracy Hutson, and they had a son, Oliver, in 2005 and another, Felix, in 2007.
After that relationship ended in 2011, Watson had a daughter, named Clover Clementyne Watson, with his girlfriend Natasha Gregson Wagner, who is an actress and also the daughter of actress Natalie Wood. The two have now been happily married since 2014.
Shannen Doherty actually had two big two roles during the 1990s: Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210 and Prue Halliwell on Charmed. Since this is about marriages, though, here is a breakdown of her love life… She was engaged to Dean Jay Factor, Max Factor heir, before he filed for a restraining order. She was then married to Ashley Hamilton, son of actor George Hamilton, from October 1993 until April 1994.
In 2002, she married Rick Salomon, a poker player who had previously dated Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson. but nine months later, the marriage was annulled. Then, in 2011, Doherty married photographer Kurt Iswarienko.
During this time period, way back in the ‘90s, Will Smith was seen in hit films like Bad Boys, Independence Day, Men in Black, and Wild Wild West, and he was rapping. Oh, and of course, Smith was the star of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, and of course, he is married to actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
Their children, Jaden and Willow, are also known by many, as they appear in movies, sing, and are active on social media. Before that, though, Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992, and together, they share a son—Willard Carroll "Trey" Smith III—who's already all grown up!
Scott Wolf portrayed Bailey Salinger on the television series Party of Five, which is common knowledge. But how many people knew he was engaged to Alyssa Milano for some time in the 1990s?
After that ended, though, he started dating Kelley Marie Limp, an alumna of MTV's The Real World: New Orleans. Their mutual friend, Joel Goldman, introduced them to each other in New York City in 2002. These two then got married in 2004, and together they have three children: sons who were born in 2009 and 2012 and a daughter who was born in 2014. The family now lives in Park City, Utah.
Back in the day, Anna Chlumsky played Vada Sultenfuss in both My Girl (from the year 1991) and its sequel (in 1994). When it comes to her personal life, she got engaged to Army Reserve member Shaun So in 2007. The pair met at the University of Chicago in 2000, and So was deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006.
Anna and Shaun were married the next year, and now, they have two daughters who were born in July 2013 and August 2016. Since 2012, Chlumsky has been playing Amy Brookheimer on Veep; the seventh and final season of this television series is scheduled to premiere on March 31, 2019.
Who recognizes this star? Devon Sawa was in several movies during the 1990s, such as Casper in 1995 as well as Now and Then in 1995. He went on to be in Idle Hands with Jessica Alba, to play Alex Browning in Final Destination, and to have a recurring role on Nikita.
He is best known as Junior from Little Giants, though, and was a big childhood crush for many! In today’s day and age, Sawa is married to Dawni Sahanovitch and they have two kids—a son who was born in 2014, as well as a daughter who was born in 2016.
And, of course, there is Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar, an iconic couple from the 1990s, who are still going strong! He was in She's All That. Gellar was in All My Children, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Scream 2, and Cruel Intentions.
Together they were in I Know What You Did Last Summer, which is how they met, and they got married in 2002. Then, their daughter was born in 2009, and their son was born in 2012. This famous duo has also co-starred in films like Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Happily N'Ever After, and Star Wars Rebels.
Sources: Wikipedia, Wet Paint, Daily Mail, Glamour, OK Magazine