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    21 Side-By-Sides Of Gen Z Actors In Their First Roles Vs. Now

    They were legends then and are still legends now.

    1. Zendaya (2010 vs. 2020)

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    Then: Zendaya starred in her first TV role as Rocky Blue in Shake It Up on Disney Channel.

    Now: She's currently starring in HBO's Euphoria, Marvel's Spider-Man movies, and a TON of other upcoming movies.

    2. Joey King (2006 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Emily in a few episodes of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

    Now: She's a Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee for her role in The Act.

    3. Yara Shahidi (2009 vs. 2020)

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    Then: Her first credited role was Olivia Danielson in the movie Imagine That.

    Now: She starred on Black-ish and now has her own spin-off, Grown-ish! She also starred in the movie adaptation of The Sun Is Also a Star.

    4. Timothée Chalamet (2008 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He played Samuel in a short film called Sweet Tooth.

    Now: He's starred in movies like Call Me By Your Name — which he got an Oscar nom for — The King, Little Women, Beautiful Boy, and has a few more projects currently in the works.

    5. Finn Wolfhard (2013 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He played Young Charles in a short film called Aftermath.

    Now: He's starring in Stranger Things and Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and has been in movies like It, It Chapter Two, and The Goldfinch.

    6. Millie Bobby Brown (2013 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Young Alice in the Once Upon a Time spin-off series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

    Now: She's starring in Stranger Things, has a bunch of new projects in the works, created her own cosmetic line, and is an ambassador for UEFA's Together #WePlayStrong campaign.

    7. Sophie Turner (2011 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She'd just started playing Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones.

    Now: She finished her eighth season of Game of Thrones last summer, played Jean Gray in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and married Joe Jonas.

    8. Kiernan Shipka (2006 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played "Girl Customer" in an episode of Monk.

    Now: She played Sally Draper in Mad Men and currently plays Sabrina Spellman in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. She's also working on a new series called Swimming with Sharks.

    9. Noah Centineo (2009 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He played Josh Peters in The Gold Retrievers.

    Now: He starred as Peter Kavinsky in To All the Boys I've Loved Before and the sequels. He also appeared in Charlie's Angels and will be playing He-Man in Masters of the Universe.

    10. Amandla Stenberg (2011 vs. 2020)

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    Then: They played young Cataleya in Colombiana.

    Now: They've been in movies like The Hunger Games; The Hate U Give; Everything, Everything; and have a new miniseries called The Eddy in the works.

    11. Lana Condor (2016 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse.

    Now: She starred in To All the Boys I've Loved Before and their sequels. She also starred in Deadly Class, and has a couple movies currently in production.

    12. Tom Holland (2012 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He played Lucas in The Impossible.

    Now: He's currently playing Spider-Man in the MCU, voicing Ian in Pixar's Onward, and has a bunch of other projects coming up!

    13. KJ Apa (2014 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He played Kane Jenkins in Shortland Street.

    Now: He's currently playing Archie Andrews on Riverdale and has appeared in The Hate U Give and The Last Summer. He'll also be starring in I Still Believe.

    14. Olivia Rodrigo (2015 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She starred in the American Girl movie Grace Stirs Up Success.

    Now: She starred in Bizaardvark and currently plays Nini in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series (which she has also written music for!).

    15. Dove Cameron (2012 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Holly in a few episodes of Shameless.

    Now: She starred in Descendants and its sequels, Liv and Maddie (which she won an Emmy for), and Dumplin'. She also released an EP in 2019 and starred in an off-Broadway production of Clueless.

    16. Lili Reinhart (2010 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Leah in a series called Scientastic!

    Now: She's currently starring as Betty Cooper in Riverdale, appeared in Hustlers and Charlie's Angels, and she'll be playing the lead in Chemical Hearts.

    17. Kaitlyn Dever (2009 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Gwen Thompson in An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong.

    Now: She's been in movies like Booksmart, Beautiful Boy, and Them That Follow. She also got an Emmy nomination for her performance in Unbelievable and plays a recurring role in Last Man Standing.

    18. Caleb McLaughlin (2012 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He played Noah in a short called Noah Dreams of Origami Fortunes.

    Now: He stars in Stranger Things and has a movie called Concrete Cowboys coming out soon.

    19. Rowan Blanchard (2010 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She played Caitlin in a Playhouse Disney series called Dance-A-Lot Robot.

    Now: She starred in Girl Meets World, appeared in The Goldbergs, wrote a book, and spoke at the UN Women and US National Committee's annual conference.

    20. Chlöe Grace Moretz (2004 vs. 2020)

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    Then: She appeared in a few episodes of The Guardian.

    Now: She's starred in movies like Kick-Ass, Greta, Suspiria, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Carrie, Neighbors 2, and If I Stay. She also has a bunch of new projects currently in the works.

    21. Gaten Matarazzo (2014 vs. 2020)

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    Then: He played Gavroche in Les Miserables!

    Now: He stars in Stranger Things and is currently working on a new movie called Hump.

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