These Celebrities Are Barely Recognizable In Their Childhood Photos

We look at celebrities and we tend to forget that they’ve been through rough childhoods or awkward moments too. They are not super-humans and we can see it in the next childhood pictures they’ve provided. Some of them even talk about their pictures, so expect to see what Taylor Swift #20, Stephen Colbert #19 or even Donald Trump #17 had to say about the times when they were young. Are you ready to overdose on cuteness, ’cause here we go! Check out #11 and #18 and you’ll be in awe! Also, shoutout to #1 for being this awesome!

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#20. Adele and Taylor Swift

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Both women are great singers and looked funny as children. Adele chose a childhood photo of her for the artwork of her album, called ‘When We Were Young’. That smile is heart-melting! As for Taylor, she had a rough childhood, mostly being excluded by other girls.

#19. Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Tyrone Colbert is not just the American comedian and television host of ‘The Late Show’, but he’s also an actor, writer, and politician. He asked celebrities to tweet awkward childhood photos for charity and showed this photos, saying: ‘Here’s me lookin’ cool as hell!’

#18. Justin Timberlake And Ryan Gosling

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“I grew up in a small town and I could count my friends on one hand, and I still live that way. I think I’ll die in a small town.” Here we can see them during The All-New Mickey Mouse Club’s first season, in 1993.

#17. Barack Obama And Donald Trump

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Barack Obama is so happy riding his tricycle, while in his childhood photo, Donald Trump looks like he’s ready to start screaming. And he surely did that, as he stated: ‘In elementary school, I was a very assertive, aggressive kid. […] I actually gave a teacher a black eye’, but he’s not proud of it.

#16. Amy Winehouse

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Amy Jade Winehouse was born in England, and she grew up to be a fierce adolescent. By the age of 16, she has already been expelled and pierced her nose.

#15. Keira Knightley

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Keira Christina Knightley was born in London, England and grew up in a family that was in the show-business. Her father is actor Will Knightley, while her mother is Sharman Macdonald, a playwright.

#14. Brooke Shields

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This picture is of Brooke Shields when she was starting her career as an actress. She played as a child prostitute at the age of 12 in the film Pretty Baby. Eileen Ford said that her acting was professional: ‘She looks like an adult and thinks like one’.

#13. Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe’s childhood was very difficult. Her birth name was Norma Jeane Mortenson. Her mother was mentally unstable and she had no father. Her childhood consisted of living in different foster homes and an orphanage.

#12. Elijah Jordan Wood

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Elijah Jordan Wood is the son of Debbie (Krause) and Warren Wood. He also has a younger sister, Hannah, and an older brother called Zack. His origins are of English, German, Austrian, and Danish descent.

#11. Jennifer Aniston

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She was born in Sherman Oaks, California. Her parents are actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow (d. 2016). She has Greek and American origins, as her father is Greek and her mother was from New York City.

#10. Freddie Mercury

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The man we all knew as Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara, in Zanzibar, Tanzania. He studied piano as he spent time in a boarding school in Bombay, India.

#9. George Clooney

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Nina Bruce, a beauty queen, and city councilwoman gave birth to awesome George Clooney, in Lexington, Kentucky. Nick Clooney, his father, was an anchorman and television host. Clooney’s origins are Irish, German, and English.

#8. Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch was born in London. His parents are Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham. He spent most of his youth in boarding schools. At the age of 12, he made his acting debut as ‘Titania’ in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

#7. Neil Patrick Harris

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Neil Patrick Harris was only 15-years-old when he played in ‘Clara’s Heart’. After that, he played the main role ‘Doogie Howser, M.D’. Harris then appeared in more films and TV movies.

#6. Chloë Grace Moretz

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Teri (Duke) and McCoy Lee Moretz are Chloë Grace Moretz’s parents. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She also has four older brothers, one of them being the actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her origins are German and English.

#5. Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles, California. He is the only child of Irmelin and George DiCaprio. When he was still a little kid, his parents divorced. DiCaprio was raised by his mother. His mother was born in Germany and worked as a legal secretary.

#4. Angelina Jolie

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She was born in Los Angeles, California, to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. Her brother is actor James Haven and her uncle is Chip Taylor. She was surrounded by many famous people, as even her godparents are actors Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell.

#3. Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Thomas Gosling began his career starring in ‘The Mickey Mouse Club‘, on the Disney Channel. After that, he appeared in different programs for family entertainment, such as ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’

#2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt first appeared in 3rd Rock from the Sun. At that time he didn’t look like he would become a major Hollywood star, but now he is all grown up and looking amazing. He’s also directed, wrote and starred in Don Juan (2013).

#1. Tom Cruise

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Tom Cruise had a difficult childhood, growing up in near-poverty. He had an abusive father who would often beat him. His parents broke up and he remained with his mother and sisters. At school, he started drama and then thought of becoming a priest. Later he started his acting career and at 19 years old, he received a small role in ‘Endless Love’ – the beginning of a successful career.

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