Former Child Actors You Might Not Recognize in Their Adult Roles

You know that moment: You spot an actor that you’re sure you’ve seen before, but you just can’t tell where you know him from. Waiting until the credits roll so you can Google the actor’s name is torture. You can’t even focus on what you’re watching anymore! Many times, when we get this uncanny feeling, it turns out that the player who stumps us is a former child actor, all grown up. So, to help remedy your confusion — and our own — we’ve put together a handy guide to TV and film stars you loved when they were kids but don’t recognize now that they’re adults.

Jurnee Smollett

The first time we saw 24-year-old Jurnee Smollett show up as Jess, a new character on the fourth season of Friday Night Lights, we knew she looked familiar. Turns out, over 15 years earlier, she played the recurring character of Michelle Tanner’s friend Denise on Full House. She never left show business in the years between the projects — Smollett starred in Eve’s Bayou in 1997 and then went on to score a role on Cosby. In 2007, she won an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress for her role in The Great Debaters.