Which Child Actor Of The 90s Has Had The Most Successful Transition To Adult Star?
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Which Child Actor Of The 90s Has Had The Most Successful Transition To Adult Star?

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | October 2, 2012 | Comments ()


Child stars of today would be wise to check out The Shia-JGL-Gosling Method, a fool-proof formula that should help ease the transition from child actor to adult. Next I would like to see the Lohan-Osment-Culkin Method. You know, for evil laughs. (The High Definite)

Speaking of malevolent chortles, an artist has imagined what would happen if several Disney villains had won. Oh, that Dalmation purse on Cruella is to die for. (Laughing Squid)

Forget your hover board. It's never coming. However, you can now unlock the front door with your iPhone. The future, you're living in it. (Evil Cakes)

Even more than a hover board, I always wanted my own Tribble. Trouble is, I couldn't possibly find room. I do, however, have room for these awesome "Star Trek" retro posters. (QMx)

My favorite stand-up comedian on my favorite modern Western? Yippie ki-yay. (TVLine)

I suppose we should wait until we see Cloud Atlas (read the book!) before we rejoice at the triumphant return of the Wachowskis. I know, I know, you're still icing your burns from The Matrix Revolutions and Speed Racer, but I'm kind of thrilled by the prospect of a new Wachowski-created TV show. (/Film)

Speaking of disappointing revolutions, who are all these damn people watching JJ Abrams' new show? It's going like gangbusters with the DVR set. Is it you? ARE YOU TO BLAME? (WG)

I've not waded into the great weight debate that's going on down the page on Pajiba today, but I will say that the first person to comment on Adele's size gets my boot up their ass. Here's your first chance to hear her new perform the new Bond theme. Pretty swanky, non? (Celebitchy)

I opened this link earlier and shouted SWEET WRINKLY YODA. It might be a new catchphrase. Mayhaps a cross-stitch. (io9)

Buzzfeed tries to make the claim that you can predict the winner of a presidential race by how well the candidates' Halloween masks are selling during an Election year. Check out their gallery of Halloweens past. (Buzzfeed)

Finally, if you ever begin to doubt the badassery of our site's unofficial mascot, The Godtopus, then you'd do well to watch it take down a f*cking shark. And then show some damn respect. H/T tomas353. (Tree Hugger)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Drake

    The header pic says to me: "We're just about to take our clothes off and have earth-shaking sex. Would you like to join us?"

    I choke to death trying to say YES too fast.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Patton Oswalt was great on United States of Tara: Who is this giant come to steal my poos?

  • rio

    career aside I'm reconsidering my appreciation for JGL after seeing that gif of Michael Caine totally snubbing him. I mean if Michael Caine does't like him... I totally trust Michael Caine.
    I trust my dog and Michael Caine when it comes to judging individuals.

  • Samantha Klein

    Which child actor of the 90s has had the most successful transition to adult star? Answer: Leonardo DiCaprio. I'm not a fan, but that's pretty much a fact.

  • Ben

    Speed Racer was an amazing film. Haters gonna hate and all that.

  • Idle Primate

    i watched revolution today and it was a decent start to an adventure show. virtually all the whining and vitriol from here and elsewhere feels pretty forced and pre-decided.

  • Zen

    Who's watching Revolution? I could take a guess. Just look at the creator, and thus the fans that follow. Fandom is Legion, for they are many.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm watching in hopes the season finale will go, "It's MAGIC! Yeah, bitches!" and then the yellow-eyed demon from Supernatural possesses that curly-headed president dude and shit gets real. And by real I mean fantasy.

  • googergieger

    "Speaking of disappointing revolutions, who are all these damn people watching JJ Abrams’ new show?"

    Alright I have a theory on this. Okay, so you know how there are stupid people in this world? Alright, so that is literally all I got. Well that and love(Sublime reference for you folks).

  • lowercase_ryan

    Seriously though, JGL and Shia are contemporaries, go ahead and compare them. But you can't throw Goesling in there. The man is a cut above, a different class. He's an ACTOR. A-list, superstar, leading man, whatever you want to call it. The other two are just names on a poster and a bad promo interview waiting to happen.

  • @lowercase_ryan:disqus is right in that Gosling isn't really a contemporary of JGL (notice how I'm ignoring la douche), and a side-by-side with Bale would be more apt, though Bale didn't have any TV. JGL had a name already for himself through 3rd Rock, and he's done wonders with it, but it's fundamentally a different kind of path. Gosling wasn't really known at all until, I'd say, Half Nelson and the Notebook.

  • Hazel Dean

    An unknown? Only if you didn't watch Breaker High!

  • Yikes, I see I've outed my age. I've never heard of Breaker High or Young Hercules, but I still think not nearly the visibility of network show, or should I just quietly go away?

  • A. Smith

    or Young Hercules. It's also worth noting that all 3 were Disney kids. JGL with Angels in the Outfield, Gosling with Remember the Titans and Shia with Even Stevens.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Ol' Baby Goose was a Mouseketeer too.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    AHAHAHAHHAHA no really you're killing me here. Ryan Gosling? He of the photoshopped abs? If anything, it's LaDouche who doesn't belong in here. And a far better ex-teen actor infographic would be a Bale-DiCaprio-Depp one.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Anything JGL has done, Topher Grace could have done better given the chance. Just saying.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Topher Grace is so generic, he makes JGL look like Tilda Swinton. Also, why am I the great defender of JGL, suddenly? My taste in actors veers far more into the Hardy-Elba territory.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Topher was better in spider man than JGL was in Batman.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    He really wasn't. He was as bland as ever in a really fucking bad comic book movie. I'm not a big JGL fan, but I give him props for John Blake. He could've been infinitely more annoying in TDKR than he actually was.

  • lowercase_ryan

    you know I've been kidding about all of this right? I was just trying to get a rise out of someone. One of those days I guess =)

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Eh, you're not enough of an asshole tbh.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I'll take that as a compliment.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I want to like Topher. I do like Topher. I'm just not impressed with him as an actor. I enjoy him, but he is not someone who disappears into a character.

  • lowercase_ryan


    that is all.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Oh yes, the movie that made all men who weren't already into Gosling want to marry him. I wonder how long he's going to stay on a pedestal because of it.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Joanna, Christian Bale would like a word with you.


  • annie

    Ahhh, I remember a time when Ryan Gosling was that guy on Young Hercules who dated Sandra Bullock. So long ago.

    I'm still dubious about Cloud Atlas, in spite of all the awesome talent involved, what with the yellowface and all.

  • Bedewcrock

    Do you remember him in Breaker High and all that comedy? http://youtu.be/-lqmwEYxov8

  • Don Juan de Markup

    So the big news is that finally the shows are going to get ratings credit for online viewing. I hope that asshole at CBS, Les Moonves, chokes on a bone for the way he's been putting out half a season and then switching to clips only on CBS.com. Gee if he'd treated the fans and viewers right he'd have a robust site viewership and he could have thrown that into the mix from the get go. Nobody else cuts their viewers off like that and I hope they cut him off at the knees for that bad executive decision.

  • Three_nineteen

    I watched the Elemetary pilot on the CBS website and marveled at the shitty resolution. Is it that way for all the shows?

  • jimgooseridesagain

    Finally, if you ever begin to doubt the badassery of our site’s
    unofficial mascot, The Godtopus, then you’d do well to watch it take
    down a f*cking shark. And then show some damn respect. H/T tomas353. (Tree Hugger)
    I still say that the octopus is a freaky alien visitor biding its time until the moment is right....you wait and see.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Can we call it the JGL-Portman-Gosling method instead? She's the only one with an Oscar, so far as my limited memory serves.

  • E-Money

    Sophie's choice!

  • Natallica

    Adele was born to sing a Bond theme. Much like Amy Winehouse should have done it too. But nobody, NOBODY, can beat (briefly) shirtless Chris Cornell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • lowercase_ryan

    I can't wait to see Patton on Justified. I love that show so much that I actually got a little depressed after the season finale this year.

  • John G.


  • Fabius_Maximus

    He looks a bit like Ernest Borgnine, doesn't he?

  • Joanna, you realize that that title combined with the header pic will create havoc when readers of this here column interpret it to mean that JGL and Baby Goose have finally done porn, right? The implications are on your conscience.

    Is it just me, or does wrinkly yoda look a lot like old-fart Bilbo from LOTR?

  • Speed Racer was great. It was a perfect evocation of a nine-year-old's vision of car racing and anime, liberally doused in hallucinogens.

  • Tinkerville

    I'm going to be having nightmares about that Yoda picture tonight. My god.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I just want to pet him and tell him that Luke will be okay.

  • lowercase_ryan

    you want to touch that?!?! eeew

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