Child Stars Who Didn't Go Bad

Former child stars who never ended up on drugs or had overdoses.

The Top Ten

1 Jackie Evancho Jackie Evancho Jacqueline Marie "Jackie" Evancho (born April 9, 2000) is an American classical crossover singer who gained wide recognition at an early age and, since 2009, has issued an EP and seven albums, including a platinum and gold album and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. Evancho's 2017 album, Two Hearts, ...read more.

'Didn't go bad' is an understatement. Jackie serves as a model for how a child star can mature successfully. - BobG

One of the most gracious and sincerely humble personalities to ever walk the stage

Jackie Evancho is a great example of having a career based on actual talent and not scandal, along with showing you can be successful in show business without leaving a trail of rubble in your wake.

Jackie so far has proven she is a gift of beauty, talent, poise, energy, endurance, quality, and the most incredible voice on planet Earth. (too much? ) naw.

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2 Grace Vanderwaal Grace Vanderwaal

Some will say that she hasn't been around long enough to go "bad" yet, but I have high hopes and faith in her that she will be an icon of positive influence for generations to come.

She writes her own songs most of the time.

Grace is a very nice person, and it was great that she won on AGT.

I like her.

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3 Shirley Temple Shirley Temple Shirley Temple Black (April 23, 1928 – February 10, 2014) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia and ...read more.

Aged 5 when acting

4 Hilary Duff Hilary Duff Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress and singer. Duff began her acting career at a young age, and quickly became labeled a teen idol as the starring titular character in the television series Lizzie McGuire.

Aged 12 when acting

5 Jodie Foster Jodie Foster Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, director and producer who has worked in films and on television. She has often been cited as one of the best actresses of her generation.
6 AJ Michalka AJ Michalka Amanda Joy "AJ" Michalka, often credited as simply AJ, is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and musician.

She didn't do drugs and behaved like Miley Cyrus. I like AJ. - DynastiNoble

Aged 11 when acting

7 Hayley Mills

Aged 6 when acting

8 Raven-Symoné Raven-Symoné Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman, sometimes credited as Raven, is an American actress, singer, songwriter, television personality, and producer.

Ha. - RalphBob

9 Kate Maberly
10 Shailene Woodley Shailene Woodley Shailene Diann Woodley is an American actress. She came to mainstream attention for her role as Amy Juergens in the ABC Family television series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

The Contenders

11 Emma Watson Emma Watson Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.

She deserves to be number 1

12 Margaret O'Brien
13 Ariana Grande Ariana Grande Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She was born on June 26th 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida to Joan Grande and Edward Butera. She is best known for her role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and its spin-off show Sam & Cat. ...read more.

I think licking donuts that other people are going to buy and eat is pretty "bad". - BobG

Shes at the line of being innocent and wild

14 Kirsten Storms

Aged 13 when acting

15 Kay Panabaker
16 Ron Howard Ron Howard

From Opie to well-known director

My boy Richie

17 Chloe Grace Moretz Chloe Grace Moretz Chloë Grace Moretz is an American actress and model. She began her acting career in 2004 at the age of seven, and her first award nomination came the following year for The Amityville Horror.
18 Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s.

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19 Reese Witherspoon Reese Witherspoon Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, known professionally as Reese Witherspoon, is an American actress and producer.
20 Abigail Breslin Abigail Breslin
21 Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Lawrence began her career in television, playing her first major role as a main cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show.
22 Kurt Russell Kurt Russell Kurt Vogel Russell is an American actor. He began acting on television at the age of 12 in the western series The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters. In the late 1960s, he signed a ten-year contract with The Walt Disney Company where, according to Robert Osborne, he became the studio's top star of the 1970s. ...read more.
23 Jerry Mathers
24 Bill Mumy
25 Beverly Sills

First appeared in movies at age 8 back in the 1930's, and then had a long singing career, recently passing away in her late 80's.

26 Julie Andrews Julie Andrews Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer.

Gave a "command performance" singing for the Queen at age 12, and has not stopped being a star for over 60 years.

27 Hayley Westenra

One of the biggest stars ever from New Zealand, released her first CD at the age of 12.

28 Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning Hannah Dakota Fanning is an American actress and model. At age seven, her performance in the 2001 film I Am Sam earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight in 2002, making her the youngest nominee in history.
29 Tommy Kirk
30 Candace Cameron Candace Cameron
31 Danica McKellar

Besides acting, is also a math genius, and has published several math books specifically for girls from elementary to high school age.

32 Candace Cameron-Bure Candace Cameron-Bure
33 Soni Bringas Soni Bringas
34 Christian Bale Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses.

He is kinda of a dick though - judo8alex

35 Evanna Lynch Evanna Lynch Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress and model. She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in four films and their tie-in video games.
36 Melissa Joan Hart Melissa Joan Hart Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, director, producer, singer, fashion designer, and businesswoman.
37 Mary Mouser
38 Skai Jackson Skai Jackson Skai Jackson is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel sitcom Jessie, and is currently starring in the Disney channel series Bunk'd.
39 Saylor Bell
40 Jake Brennan
41 Max Page
42 Claire Beale
43 Georgia Cook
44 Bella Thorne Bella Thorne Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne is an American actress, writer, model and singer, released EP "Jersey" in 2014. Best known for "Shake It Up!" 2010-2013. Has starred in "Blended", "The Frog Kingdom", "The Duff", "Big Sky", "Ratchet & Clank", "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" ...read more.
45 Amber Montana
46 Mackenzie Ziegler Mackenzie Ziegler Mackenzie Ziegler is an American dancer, singer, actress and model. She is the younger sister of dancer and actress Maddie Ziegler and is best known for appearing for six years on Lifetime's reality dance show Dance Moms.
47 Maddie Ziegler Maddie Ziegler
48 Nikki Hahn
49 Ariel Winter Ariel Winter
50 Peyton List Peyton List Peyton Roi List is an American actress and model. List is best known for playing Emma Ross on the Disney Channel comedy series Jessie and Holly Hills in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid film series.
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