The '90s was a decade that saw the rise of a number of young performers that changed the game for the next generation. They all came into the business with an exceptional amount of raw talent, and they were able to land roles in huge projects that elevated them to a new level of popularity. They were featured in magazines and commercials, and they let every kid out there know that they could make it too. As time went on, these child stars would eventually find success in other projects, with some even going down as legends of the business.
Here, we take a look at 20 child stars from the '90s and what they look like today! Some of these performers are still looking great.
20 Ed Furlong
Ed Furling was able to become a household name after appearing in the second Terminator film, which went on to be a massive success on the big screen. Furlong would eventually lock down appearances on CSI: NY and in other projects over the years. He even appeared in the Star Trek: Renegades pilot.
19 Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci was everywhere in the 90s, with her roles in Casper, The Addams Family and Now and Then being some of her most memorable. She has done some voice-over work for video games over time, and her other appearances include projects like Speed Racer and Black Snake Moan on the big screen.
18 Devon Sawa
Devon Sawa was a popular name in the 90s after appearing in Casper, The Little Giants and Now and Then. Sawa would find success later on in the film Final Destination, and he has continued to pull down solid work as an adult. SLC Punk! is a cult classic in which Sawa absolutely shined.
17 Tatyana Ali
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is one of the greatest shows of all time, and Tatyana Ali was able to make a name for herself on the series. As time went on, she would branch out into other ventures, including a successful foray into the music industry. She appeared in three film projects just last year.
16 Jonathan Taylor Thomas
Any person that lived through the '90s remembers when Jonathan Taylor Thomas was one of the most famous faces around, and his work on Home Improvement made him a star. He was also the voice of Simba in The Lion King, which further added to his legacy. Thomas has worked sparingly over the years, choosing to largely lay low.
15 Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst was able to break it big at a young age after appearances in Interview with the Vampire and Jumanji became huge hits at the box office. She would then take things to another level with Bring it On and the original Spider-Man franchise. This year, she appeared in On Becoming a God in Central Florida, and also served as executive producer.
14 Tahj Mowry
Many people got familiar with his sisters when they became popular on the small screen, but when it was his turn, Tahj Mowry went ahead and broke it big. He was the star of the series Smart Guy, and this helped him become a household name. In recent years, he was the lead on the popular series Babby Daddy.
13 Lacey Chabert
Party of Five was a massively popular show in the 90s that helped launch Lacey Chabert's successful run in the business. Chabert has appeared in a number of successful projects ever since, with Family Guy and Mean Girls being some of the best of the bunch for Chabert since her Party of Five days.
12 Lindsay Lohan
At one point, Lindsay Lohan was one of the most famous faces in the world, and this is due to her work on the big screen. The Parent Trap was a huge starting point for her, and she would follow this up with other gigantic hits like Mean Girls and even a successful music run. This year, Lohan appeared in the film Among the Shadows.
11 Macaulay Culkin
Macaulay Culkin may, in fact, be the biggest child star ever, and this is thanks to his time in the biggest commercials on television, as well as his time in the Home Alone franchise. He would take extended breaks from acting as time went on, and he is more than happy to just enjoy his time and focus on his podcast these days.
10 Anna Paquin
Unlike many other child stars, Anna Paquin has been able to find a great amount of success at multiple periods in her life. As a kid, she was in a number of popular movies, including Fly Away Home. As she got older, superhero movies came knocking, and she was a fixture in the X-Men universe. She then landed the leading role on True Blood.
9 Leonardo DiCaprio
As arguably the biggest movie star of his generation, some people tend to forget the work that DiCaprio has been putting in since he was a kid. He was a late addition to the popular series Growin Pains, and earned some fans there. With films like What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and Romeo + Juliet, DiCaprio was a promising young performer, before growing into an Academy Award winner.
8 Danielle Fishel
Boy Meets World remains one of the most beloved shows to ever appear on the small screen, and Danielle Fishel was a huge reason why. She played Topanga on the series and stole the hearts of boys everywhere. Years later, she would take part in the Girl Meets World revival, which found some success.
7 Haley Joel Osment
After making an appearance in the film Forrest Gump, things would eventually help Osment skyrocket in popularity after he appeared in The Sixth Sense. From there, he has continued to find work all throughout the business, and his recent appearance on The Boys was absolutely fantastic. He has done an exceptional amount of work on television.
6 Michelle Trachtenberg
After landing one role after the next in the 90s, Michelle Trachtenberg was able to really make a name for herself with appearances in films like Harriet the Spy and Inspector Gadget. From there, she would continue to find consistent work, eventually landing a recurring role in the series Gossip Girl. She was recently on the web series Human Kind Of.
5 Ben Savage
After his brother paved the way in the 80s on The Wonder Years, Ben would slide into television and hit a grand slam with his starring role on Boy Meets World. He was involved with the Girl Meets World revival alongside his former co-stars, and just last year, he appeared on the series Speechless.
4 Gaby Hoffmann
After getting the ball rolling in the 80s, Gaby Hoffmann would take things to another level in the 90s after appearances in projects like Sleepless in Seattle and Now and Then. She would remain a regular performer on film and on television, eventually landing a regular role on the series Transparent for 39 episodes.
3 Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood was everywhere in the 90s, appearing in commercials and films with regularity. As a prominent child star, people wondered how he would fair as he got older, and he responded by landing the role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which remains a masterpiece of cinema.
2 Mara Wilson
With appearances in Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street, Mara Wilson quickly rose to prominence in the 90s. Most everyone had seen at least one film featuring Wilson, making her a primary player during the decade. Her output had decreased over time before she landed a voice role on the series Big Hero 6: The Series.
1 Joseph Mazzello
Jurassic Park is one of the biggest movies of all time, and many people got familiar with this performer thanks to his time as one of the main characters in the film. He would appear in the film's sequel and continue pulling down work in solid projects. Recently, he was in the hit film Bohemian Rhapsody.