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19 Disney and Nickelodeon Stars Who Grew Up Before Our Eyes

Disney and Nickelodeon created hundreds of child stars. We watched these TV shows, sympathizing, admiring, and sometimes even falling in love with the characters.

Bright Side has created a collection of child celebrities who grew up way too fast. We bet you won’t recognize them now!

Demi Lovato — Charlotte Adams, As the Bell Rings

Hayden Panettiere — Sheryl Yoast, Remember the Titans

Selena Gomez — Alex Russo, Wizards of Waverly Place

Jake T. Austin — Max Russo, Wizards of Waverly Place

Christian Serratos — Susan Crabgrass, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide

Ariana Grande — Cat Valentine, Victorious

Victoria Justice — Tori Vega, Victorious

Cole Sprouse — Cody Martin, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Zac Efron — Trevor, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

Hilary Duff — Elizabeth McGuire, Lizzie McGuire

Adam Lamberg — David Gordon, Lizzie McGuire

Aly Michalka — Keely Teslow, Phil of the Future

Raviv Ullman — Philip Diffy, Phil of the Future

Amy Bruckner — Pim Diffy, Phil of the Future

Miley Cyrus — Miley Stewart, Hannah Montana

Peyton List — Emma Ross, Jessie

Skai Jackson — Zuri Ross, Jessie

Bella Thorne — CeCe Jones, Shake It Up

Zendaya — Rocky Blue, Shake It Up

Bonus: Kira Kosarin — Phoebe Thunderman, The Thundermans

Kira Kosarin is actually the one celebrity on this list who literally hasn’t grown before our eyes, but we can surely say she’s grown a lot as an actress.

So which celebrities do you remember? Who was your favorite character? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Please note: This article was updated in January 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Preview photo credit Nickelodeon, kirakosarin / Twitter
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