How 12 Popular Child Stars Look Today and Who They Ended Up Marrying

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Lately, we’ve been living through a definite revival of everything 2000s or Y2K, from music to fashion. Collective nostalgia is there even for people who never lived in this time period. There are lots of reasons for this, for example, wanting to feel like you belong. With that, time is moving forward, and the people who were kids in the 2000s are now full-on grown-ups, who get married and have their own kids.

1. Lindsay Lohan

The star of movies like The Parent Trap (1998) and Freaky Friday (2003) started her career as a model when she was just 3 years old. Now Lindsay Lohan is starring in films too, with Falling for Christmas (2022) coming later this year. She and financier Bader Shammas recently got married, which she announced on July, 2nd, saying she’s “the luckiest woman in the world.”

2. Joe Jonas


One of the Jonas Brothers, Joe, was 17 when the pop band released their first album titled It’s About Time. In 2019, he and Sophie Turner (a Game of Thrones star, who also started her acting career quite early) tied the knot. The couple is expecting their second child at the moment.

3. Christina Ricci

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Known for her role in The Addams Family (1991), Christina Ricci made her debut in 1990 when she was 9. Currently, the actress has continued starring in movies and on television. Christina Ricci got married for the second time in 2021, her husband is hairstylist Mark Hampton.

4. Ashley Tisdale

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This Disney star came to success thanks to her roles in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005–2008) and High School Musical (2006), but she appeared in lots of advertisements and minor TV and theater roles even before that. Now she has her own business ventures and appears on TV and in the movies. She has been married to Christopher French since 2014, and their daughter Jupiter Iris French was born in 2021.

5. Matthew Lewis

English actor Matthew Lewis quickly became famous after he played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter series. However, this wasn’t his first movie: his debut happened in Some Kind of Life (1996). At present, Matthew Lewis continues his career, with more TV appearances. In 2018, he married Angela Jones, an event manager.

6. David Henrie

The star of Wizards of Waverly Place (2007-2012) first got a regular role on the sitcom The Pitts (2003) when he was 13. Now he also directs movies and writes scripts. He got married in 2017 to former Miss Delaware, Maria Cahill. The couple is expecting their third child now.

7. Alexa PenaVega

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Most of us remember Alexa PenaVega for her role in the Spy Kids movies, but she started her career even earlier: her first role was in 1996 in the movie called Twister. Nowadays, Alexa is known as an actress and singer. She’s married to former Big Time Rush actor and singer Carlos PenaVega. The couple has 3 kids together.

8. Bridgit Mendler

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Another Disney Channel star, Bridgit Mendler, started her acting career in 2004 when she was 12. Since then, she’s appeared in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009), Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie (2010-2014), etc. In 2019, the actress announced that she married Griffin Cleverly.

9. Corbin Bleu

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Most famous for his role in High School Musical, Corbin Bleu has not only played a singing basketball player. His debut was a role in the adventure comedy film Catch That Kid in 2004 where his co-star was Kristen Stewart. He’s still acting to this day, and he’s married to actress Sasha Clements.

10. Nathan Kress

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The actor who a lot of people recognize from his role in iCarly (2007–2012), a sitcom which was revived in 2021, started his career when he was just 4 years old: he appeared in commercials and some films. Later, he added directing and voice-over experience to his portfolio. Nathan married actress and stunt performer, London Elise Moore, in 2015. The couple has 2 daughters.

11. Debby Ryan

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Debby Ryan, who’s now an actress and a singer, started out in professional theaters when she was 7. Then she was discovered by Disney Channel. She tied the knot with musician Josh Dun in 2019.

12. Britney Spears

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Britney Spears first demonstrated her vocal talent in a Star Search competition in 1992 when she was 10. Her song “...Baby One More Time” became a hit in 1998 when the pop star was 17. Over the years, her career had ups and downs, but lately, she regained control over her life and married actor and fitness trainer Sam Asghari in June 2022.

Marriage means more than just love and support, it’s also a laughing contest.


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