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Mar 8, 2017

17 Rare Childhood Photos Show Barely Recognizable Celebs

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We went through the ordeal of blowing the dust from some old family albums What we uncovered are 17 rare childhood photos that show barely recognizable celebs in their early years of life.

They don’t like you to see these awkward pics. Check them out before nosy lawyers take them off the Internet!

1. George Clooney

George Clooney
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Who can bear the idea that George Clooney was once a toddler completely uninterested in breaking hearts and chasing skirts?

No one ever imagined that the Kentucky boy born into a strict Catholic family would grow up to become one of Hollywood’s most widely acclaimed figures. However, we should all agree that Clooney’s trademark smile could be traced back to those early years.

All kids are cute, but puberty often messes everything beyond the point of repair. Ever wondered whom to thank for the George Clooney we know today. Let’s just say that his mother was a beauty queen and his father a game show host and former anchorman.

Clooney had both the right genes and the culture of bolding claiming a place in the limelight. You can’t go wrong with those two!

George Clooney
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Check out the next celeb and his rare childhood photos.

2. Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling
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Ryan Gosling might look young and inexperienced, but his smile will soon book him a place amongst the best.

Gosling started acting at the age of 12 and managed to win the auditions for Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. That might sound like children’s play to anyone not knowing the A-listers that took off in a similar way.

Ryan Gosling enjoyed the company of future megastars like Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera. There are only two ways to explain this. Either someone had an incredible eye for talent and potential, or Disney Channel discovered the alchemy of addictive entertainment.

The 36-year-old briefly enjoyed the goose bumps of winning the Oscar for Best Film. Nevertheless, “La La Land” brought him only a Best Actor nomination, the second of his career.

Ryan Gosling
via Warner Bros.

Would you have recognized her without the photos on the right?

3. Chloë Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz
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Chloë Grace Moretz had the Internet at her feet in the last couple of years, with everyone anxiously waiting for her to become legal.

The 20-year-old is another excellent example of what it takes to reach the heights in a short period. Chloë began acting in 2004 when she was just seven.

Another family movie where daddy’s bundle of joy discovers just how well the world treats you when you are gorgeous? Nope. Chloë Grace Moretz made her big debut in a horror story – the 2005 “The Amityville Horror.” You will be relieved to know the little girl she played was not killed in gruesome ways.

The early success on the big screen was not enough for Moretz. She also began modeling, and her curriculum includes photoshoots for big names like Vogue and Elle.

Chloe Grace Moretz
via MGM Studios

You will enjoy yourself seeing how the next celeb looked like in his early years.

4. Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris
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Most of us know Neil Patrick Harris from his epic role as Barney Stinson in “How I Met Your Mother.”

Nevertheless, the 43-year-old has been around for quite some time, often struggling with mediocre parts. The two photos on the left picture Harris when he started playing in “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He was just 16 at the time, and few though this child actor would go far.

Our beloved Neil is a colorful character that destroyed many preconceptions. As a gay, he did an incredible job at playing one of the most notorious womanizers ever created by fiction – Barney Stinson.

Even more astonishing is that Harris is a real-life magician who actively takes part in promoting the … umm, sport.

Neil Patrick Harris
via Pinterest

The next celeb was odd as a kid, and her story brings a tear or two.

5. Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse
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Amy Winehouse died in 2011, and most fans still find it hard to believe that they will never get to attend one of her live concerts.

Amy’s incredible talent emerged at the end of a rough process that saw her change schools due to misbehavior. Yes, you heard right!

Amy’s chaotic lifestyle got its foundations when she was just a toddler. It is still unclear why that gorgeous little girl had such a hard time adapting to the rules of this world.

Amy sought an escape through various drugs. As an irony, controlling the addiction put her at the disposal of a killer who is often neglected and who acts silently. Winehouse drank herself to death when she was just 27.

Amy Winehouse
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Check the next set of rare celeb childhood photos. It is impossible to tell the age.

6. Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Thomas Brodie-Sangster
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Thomas Brodie-Sangster is always fun to have around.

Forget about the usual short bio we attach to each celeb. Yes, we could be talking about Sangster’s role as Jojen in Game of Thrones, but it is more fun to take on how it is impossible to tell his age.

The English actor might be 26, but he could easily fit as a high school student. Just look at the photos and judge for yourself. There is no clue whatsoever.

Scientist agree that the only way to know for sure is to cut through Thomas Brodie-Sangster and count his annual growth rings. Nevertheless, that would create a bloody mess and deprive Hollywood of one face that boosts the box office.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster
via Just Jared Jr.

Cover your right eye and try to recognize her. Her transformation over the years was unbelievable.

7. Kiera Knightley

Keira Knightley
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Kiera Knightley is another child star that confirmed the trust invested with her.

Her debut at the age of ten years old quickly provided the needed boost. Kiera Knightley played Sabé in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” in 1999 and bigger and bigger roles kept coming her way since then.

Although of secondary importance, the Sabé character allowed her to reach higher on the casting list. The real breakthrough came once she started playing Elizabeth Swann in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

One less known fact about the English actress is that people often call her Natalie Portman. Can you imagine putting up with that?

Keira Knightley
via Pinterest

The next rare childhood photos will bring joy to your heart! Your beloved actor from “The Lord of the Rings” series was equally cute as a young boy.

8. Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood
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Only one thing helps you recognize Elijah Wood in the photos put side-by-side.

Elijah’s blue eyes kept their incredible color even as the one who played the Frodo Baggins turned 36. We don’t know what is the equivalent in hobbit years, but the American actor looks fresh and youthful.

Elijah Wood was never the same once he starred in Jackson’s trilogy. Although highly successful, it is impossible not to feel that climbing Mount Doom to get rid of the ring was the climax of his career.

Wood’s accolades recently made room for the Sundance Grand Jury prize for “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.” He finally gets to fight something other than orcs.

Elijah Wood
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The phenomenal singer was much thinner as a child. Would you be able to recognize her?

9. Adele

Adele
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Adele’s story is incredible.

The English singer and songwriter got off to a bad start as her father left the family when she was just two. Being raised by a single parent is never easy, and you could say the odds were against Adele at least at the beginning.

A part of the struggle can be traced back to Adele’s lyrics as well as across the emotional spectrum that she explores with her work. According to her family, Adele began singing at the age of four and fully geared on her talent, ignoring almost everything else.

Rumor had it that Adele gave up others interests and that she read the last book when she was just six. Who would have thought that the silly little girl would grow up to have her albums certified platinum so many times?

Adele
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The ruler of the Free World was once a young boy with an incredible appetite for fun.

10. Barack Obama

Barack Obama
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It’s impossible to look at photos of small Barack without remembering the citizenship conspiracy theory that was thrown at him repeatedly.

The official version states that Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, inside a mix-raced family. However, some still claim he was born in Kenya and thus ineligible for the highest function.

Obama lost his father when he was just 21 and dealt with all the typical problems teenagers face nowadays. Everything was made easier by the Hawaiian landscape in which he grew up.

The photo above shows Barack Obama playing with his maternal grandfather. The 44th President of the United States found an equally exciting playmate in the person of Vice President Joe Biden.

Pictures of the two fooling around on the corridors of the White House went as far as becoming a source of Internet memes.

Barack Obama
via Reuters

Seeing childhood pics of our next celeb might be painful to some.

11. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus
via Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is one teen idol that lived a perfect life.

You could say she was born into the right family. Having singer Billy Ray Cyrus to learn the tools of the trade from is certainly helpful when you set on course to rock the world of music.

Miley’s incredible transformation shocked everyone. Many would agree that the Miley we lost was much better (or at least more appropriate for young girls to have as a role model).

Nevertheless, the loss of innocence is one thing showbiz eventually requires from everyone. Miley Cyrus made her crucial step back in 2013, and there was no looking back.

Miley Cyrus
via Miley Cyrus

He is one of the most exponential actors in Hollywood. He was nothing more than a toddler some decades ago.

12. John Travolta

John Travolta
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Just look at the two rare childhood photos of John Travolta and try not to laugh.

You could say Travolta was an awkward child, but that would be a mild way to put it. The “Pulp Fiction” star was a high school dropout who struggled to make ends meet in his early teens. We can only imagine the ordeal of going through the first years of school with eyes like that.

Luckily for John, he was born in a family of entertainers. All his other five brothers and sisters acted which made the Travolta house a place to breed a competitive spirit.

John Travolta’s breakthrough came with the role of Vinnie Barbarino in “Welcome Back, Kotter.” That’s the moment when women started losing their minds about Travolta, greasing his way towards the top of Hollywood.

John Travolta
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You must see the next actor and the rare photos we recovered from the family archives!

13. Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch
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While some celebs are barely recognizable in their childhood bodies, no one can take Benedict Cumberbatch for someone else.

The first photo shows the actor enjoying his time with the school rugby team. The second one below is a bit more enigmatic. Cumberbatch was probably flirting with acting for the first time and putting on a more serious face for the camera.

At this point, it helps to add that both his parents were actors. Ever wondered where he acquired that textbook English accent? It seems that growing up in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea does the trick for the vocal cords.

The following detail is hilarious. Benedict Cumberbatch made his debut in acting as one of Shakespeare’s character. He played Titania, Queen of the Fairies.

Benedict Cumberbatch
via BBC

Coming up next is one actress that preserved her beauty intact along the years. You must see the rare pics of her as a little girl!

14. Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts
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Julia Roberts was a sweetheart, and that smile of her attracted much more than the boy’s attention.

It seems that acting genes are active in the Roberts family. Let’s break a fact to you. Both of Julia’s parents were actors, and they had already established an acting school by the time their daughter was born.

It doesn’t end there. Much younger but equally talented Emma Roberts is Julia’s niece and the daughter of another Hollywood icon – Eric Roberts.

Julia Roberts hit the jackpot with her role in “Pretty Woman.” What followed after that placed her amongst the best-paid women in entertainment. And it all started with that shy little girl wearing mom’s dress and high heels for the first time.

Julia Roberts
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All the big superstars were once awkward and even shy kids. Check out the next set of rare celeb childhood pics!

15. Kanye West

Kanye West
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Images of Kanye West are assaulting the Internet from every direction, and it’s impossible to resist the urge of peeking at his family photo album.

There is nothing remarkable about Kanye’s childhood. Raised by a single mother, he was encouraged to identify and pursue his artistic instincts. Nevertheless, West’s ballet with the academic world proved difficult.

By the age of 20, he was already a dropout after failing to keep up with classes at the Chicago’s American Academy of Art and the Chicago State University. The negative experience would have a huge influence on his first album called “The College Dropout.”

Everyone knows what happened next. The “kids, stay in school!” piece of advice seems to be somehow outdated. All you need to do is marry a Kardashian.

Kanye West
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Some celebs are embarrassed by their childhood photos and would do anything to see them destroyed.

16. Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams
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Maisie Williams, or better said Arya Stark, looks beyond recognition in her two childhood photos.

The pic above is utterly hilarious. Young Maisie looks like Grumpy Cat. No wonder this girl turned out on the boyish side, playing with swords, and hanging out with the wrong kind of Westerosi.

At this point, we risk upsetting the few of you who are Game of Thrones fans. Puberty did a much better job with Sansa Stark, and she steals the show from her little sister.

The 19-year-old English actress recently entered the league of entertainers that are up for grabs regarding more lewd comments and scenarios. Do you share the same kind of enthusiasm towards Maisie’s future roles?

Maisie Williams
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17. Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond
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As you expected, Richard Hammond was a small and shy kid, but one that shared a special connection with the camera.

It’s easy to picture bigger kids teasing and bullying him. This kind of behavior followed him even in the years doing Top Gear. The Hamster got many roasts, especially from Jeremy Clarkson.

It might sound strange, but Hammond attended Grammar School before his passion for the auto world grew dominant. He joined the Top Gear project in 2002 and recently moved on with the other two hosts to do “The Grand Tour.”

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