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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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Shailene Woodley

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

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Amanda Seyfried

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

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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.

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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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