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Here's What 21 Of Your Favorite Child Actors Look Like Now

They grow up so fast.

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1. Jonathan Lipnicki

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1997 vs. 2014: This is what the Jerry Maguire kid looks like today. When he's not working out or training in mixed martial arts, he's still acting. In 2014, he did a movie called Bad Asses, which starred Danny Trejo and Danny Glover.

2. Lindsay Lohan

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You know LiLo. Here she is in 1998 — when The Parent Trap came out — vs. 2014.

3. Elijah Wood

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Here's a wee Elijah in 1991 vs. 2014. Back in '91, he was only 10 and had already done Radio Flyer and The Adventures of Huck Finn. Of course, in Elijah's early years, a lot of people remember him in North. In the past couple years, he's played the lead in the FX show Wilfred (about a surreal talking dog).

4. Christina Ricci

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1991 vs. 2013: Christina was only 11 when The Addams Family came out in 1991. She had a main role on the show Pan Am (2011-2012). Her most recent project is a movie with Susan Sarandon, set to come out in 2015.

5. Tahj Mowry

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Do you remember this cutie? He was Teddy, Michelle's friend on Full House, and then starred in Smart Guy in the late '90s. He's still acting — you can see him on the ABC Family show Baby Daddy.

6. Alyssa Milano

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Aww. It's Alyssa circa 1984, when she was just 12 and portraying Samantha Micelli on Who's the Boss?. Most recently, she's had the lead role on ABC's Mistresses.

7. Justin Timberlake / Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Here's JT in his Mickey Mouse Club days. As you well know, the guy is killing it in his music career now.

8. Drew Barrymore

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Here's a reminder of how adorable Drew was as a kid — it was 1982 and she was at the London premiere of E.T. Her most recent movie was Blended, with Adam Sandler.

9. Anna Paquin

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Here's Anna at the 1995 Academy Awards. Just the year before, she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano — she was only 11! While this is probably obvious, we'll point it out anyhow: Sookie. True Blood.

10. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

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1993: They were being ridiculously adorable as Michelle Tanner on Full House. Cut to 2014: They're cutting edge fashion designers, earning awards and accolades for their high-end line, The Row.

11. Frankie Muniz

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In Muniz's post-Malcolm in the Middle days, he got into race car driving and music. His acting career seems to have slowed. This year, he's in a movie called Hot Bath an' a Stiff Drink 2 and is in a film called Road to Capri, to be released next year.

12. Britney Spears

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It's Mickey Mouse Club-era Britney! Vs. the Brit you know today, which needs no further explanation.

13. Raven-Symoné

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Raven-Symoné has come a long way since playing Olivia on The Cosby Show. You've probably heard that she recently sat down with Oprah to talk about her career and life. She's not into labels, as you may have heard if you've seen the interview.

14. Jonathan Ke Huy Quan

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Remember him? Adorable Data from The Goonies?? According to Wikipedia, the last acting work he did was way back in 2002 — a Chinese movie called Second Time Around.

15. Jonathan Taylor Thomas

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1998 vs. 2014: Be still my heart, JTT is still cute.

16. Soleil Moon Frye

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1984: Soleil was capturing the hearts of Americans as Punky Brewster. These days, she's writing parenting books and hosting reality TV.

17. Haley Joel Osment

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"I see dead people" kid is now 26 and he's apparently got a role in the new Amazon series, Alpha House.

18. Tatyana Ali

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In the '90s, you knew her as Ashley Banks of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She's a super busy lady — not only did she go on to get her degree at Harvard, she's also pretty much done a movie every year since 1997. Up until 2013, she had a recurring role on The Young and the Restless. She also (!!) has a singing career going. She put out an EP this year called Hello.

19. Neil Patrick Harris

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1989: A young NPH wins hearts as whiz-kid doctor in Doogie Howser, M.D.. Of course, he's probably been best known in recent years for his role as Barney on the now-finished How I Met Your Mother. Oh, and NPH is also hosting the Oscars this year!

20. Dakota Fanning

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2002 vs. 2014: Back in the day, Dakota had just won over hearts with her role in I Am Sam. She seems busy — she's apparently got four movies in post-production and she's been spotted recently hanging with her pal from Twilight, Kristen Stewart.

21. Ryan Gosling / Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images

Wl;j;lfakj;oijfwaojdafodji!!!! The cuteness of young Ryan is too much to handle.

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