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13 Former Child Stars Who We Watched Grow Up Are Turning 30 in 2023

There are some actors who we associate with roles they played when they were really young, so they are always children in our minds. However, time flies fast, and now some of these actors are about to turn 30 years old. Let’s see how much they’ve changed from the images we have of them in our heads.

1. Ariana Grande turns 30 in June.

The superstar singer started her acting career in 2009, and she was perhaps most memorable on the Nickelodeon show, Victorious, which ran from 2010 to 2013.

2. Debby Ryan turns 30 in May.

She is famous for appearing in a number of Disney Channel shows when she was a teenager, including Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, and The Suite Life on Deck. These days, she is starring on the TV show, The Resort.

3. Miranda Cosgrove turns 30 in May.

At age 16, she was the highest-paid child actor for acting in the Nickelodeon show, iCarly. These days, the show made a comeback after nearly a decade of being off-air, with Cosgrove reprising her role as Carly Shay.

4. Lucas Cruikshank turns 30 in August.

He created the character Fred by himself when he was 13 years old and gained massive popularity on YouTube. This led to him starring in a show on Nickelodeon as Fred Figglehorn. These days, Cruikshank is back to being a YouTuber, with his channel having over 3 million subscribers.

5. Keke Palmer turns 30 in August.

She has been active in the industry since 2002, with one of her most memorable projects being True Jackson, VP. These days, she is doing mostly voice acting work, she has her own podcast Baby, This Is Keke Palmer. She has also announced that she is pregnant with her first child.

6. Will Poulter turns 30 in January.

We remember him as a kid, playing Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia. This year, we can expect to see him in the Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, playing the character Adam Warlock.

7. Alyson Stoner turns 30 in August.

As a child actress, she appeared in Step Up, as well as a number of Disney Channel projects, including the movie, Camp Rock. In recent years, she has been doing voiceover work.

8. AnnaSophia Robb turns 30 in December.

It’s hard to believe that the little girl from Bridge to Terabithia and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is all grown up now, yet she is turning 30. The actress says that her mindset has definitely changed when it comes to her career. These days, she doesn’t care if she plays the lead role or not and wants to connect with people, even if it means just being in a single scene.

9. Molly C. Quinn turns 30 in October.

She is best known for starring as the protagonist’s daughter, Alexis, on ABC’s Castle. She was only 15 years old when the show first aired. She is still continuing her acting career and even starred alongside her on-screen dad, Nathan Fillion, on his new show, The Rookie.

10. Jennifer Stone turns 30 in February.

Selena Gomez celebrated her thirtieth birthday last year, and now it’s time for her on-screen BFF, Jennifer Stone, who played Harper on Wizards of Waverly Place, to join the “30 club” as well. These days, she has found a new passion career-wise and works as a nurse.

11. Victoria Justice turns 30 in February.

From Gilmore Girls to Zoey 101 to her own show, Victorious, Victoria Justice did a lot of work when she was just a child and teen. And she’s not planning on slowing down — on top of being an actress, she is also a singer and has made a notable name for herself in the fashion industry.

12. Maia Mitchell turns 30 in August.

The Australian actress is best known for her role in the children’s television series, Mortified, and she also went on to do many projects in the US, including the TV show, The Fosters. It received a spin-off called Good Trouble, which also had Mitchell starring as Callie. The show is still on the air.

13. Taylor Momsen turns 30 in July.

The adorable Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas grew up into Taylor Momsen, the singer of the band, The Pretty Reckless. She also did some acting work while she was in her teens, most notably starring as Jenny on Gossip Girl, but since then, she has retired and is now focused solely on her music.

Were you surprised to find out some of these celebrities are peers?

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