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For every Dustin Diamond there’s a kid actor who actually goes on to respectable success. Like Drew Barrymore, you say? Of course. But do you know about Drake’s pubescent TV beginnings? Enjoy.



Before “Hotline Bling” and the memes seen ’round the Internet, Aubrey Graham was a 15-year-old Canadian actor--playing a handicapped basketball player on Degrassi: The Next Generation.


Natasha Lyonne

These days she’s a tragic ex heroin addict on Orange Is the New Black. But as Opal on Pee-wee’s Playhouse? Pure teeth-missing gold.  


Scarlett Johansson

To the precocious tween starring in 1996’s If Lucy Fell opposite SJP and Elle Macpherson: You, too, are going to grow up to appreciate a good blowout.

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Johnny Galecki

You think you only discovered him as David, Darlene’s surly high school boyfriend on five seasons of Roseanne. But die-hard Griswold-ologists will remember The Big Bang Theory star as Rusty in the epic, the legendary, the still unsurpassed Christmas Vacation.


Elisabeth Moss

Remember the 1995 remake of Escape to Witch Mountain? Elisabeth Moss of Mad Men does. She was the 13-year-old star--four years after her big break with Hulk Hogan in Suburban Commando.


Shailene Woodley

The Divergent ass-kicker cut her teeth as Mischa Barton’s prissy kid sister on the pilot of The OC.


Amanda Seyfried

Before Mean Girls, Seyfried--of Vogue covers and enviable hair--was fired at 15 from As the World Turns.


Matthew Broderick

Years before teenage icon Ferris Bueller, young Matthew played a proto-hacker who accidentally starts World War III on a computer the size of a microwave in WarGames.


Sarah Hyland

Think Modern Family was her breakout role? Think again. The red-carpet mainstay--née Sarah Jane--played Howard Stern’s daughter (at age 6) in 1997’s Private Parts.

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