Hollywood is known for chewing up and spitting out even the strongest individuals, but what does the movie machine do to children? Many don’t get through unscathed, but there are those who don’t succumb permanently to the drugs and decadence that come with youthful fame. Here are eight grown-up child stars who you’ll still be able to find acting today.
Bialik made her first appearance on TV at the age of 12, but it wasn’t until her starring role in Blossom (1990) that she became truly famous. After Blossom ended, Bialik took small roles and remained in relative obscurity for many years while pursuing her doctorate in neuroscience.
It wasn’t until 2010 that she took on another regular TV role in The Big Bang Theory as the girlfriend of a twitchy asexual physicist, citing that acting would better allow her to apply her “attachment parenting” techniques to her children.
It wasn’t Danica McKellar’s fault that she played the most unlikeable love interest in the history of television. Children of the ’80s will recognize McKellar as Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years (1988), and… well, not much else. McKellar focused on a bachelors degree in mathematics and writing a number of math books for teenagers while maintaining a light, but consistent, acting schedule.
You can hear her voice in a variety of cartoons and video games, and she’s also appeared herself in a 2015 episode of Impractical Jokers, being interviewed by an oiled-up, nearly-nude James Murray.