How They’ve Changed: Celebrities “Pose” With Their Younger Selves

Published on November 21, 2021
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The process of aging happens to all of us, no matter how rich and famous. While many celebrities get their start when they are quite young, many of them remain in the limelight for years, and we sometimes forget what they looked like when they were younger. Dutch artist Ard Gelinck created these photoshopped photos of celebrities posing with their younger selves. You can really see how much they’ve changed. Is your favorite celebrity here?

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut but was brought up in Toronto. He first rose to fame in theater and TV shows before starring in his early films like Youngbloods and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. He became a huge star when he starred in the Matrix film franchise. A fourth film in the series, called The Matrix Resurrections, is set to be released in December 2021.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves

Bill Murray

Bill Murray is a beloved comedian who first became known on Saturday Night Live and later for his roles in hit comedy films like Chaddyshack, Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and The Man Who Knew Too Little. He received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016.

Bill Murray

Bill Murray

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is an actress, entrepreneur, producer, and Academy Award winner. She is one of the highest paid actresses in the industry and was listed on Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2019. She has appeared in countless films and TV shows including Legally Blonde, Wild, and Big Little Lies, which she also produced. Here she is with a younger version of herself.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio first began to appear in TV commercials and shows. He broke onto the film scene when he starred in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe when he was just 19. He went on to have one of the most successful careers in Hollywood. He is also an active environmentalist.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Emma Watson

English actress Emma Watson first stole our hearts when she portrayed Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. We got to her see grow up on the big screen and take on more roles as an adult in films like The Bling Ring, Beauty and the Beast, and Little Women. She attended Brown University and is a women’s rights activist.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is one of the most successful Hollywood stars of modern times. He first appeared in films like Thelma & Louise, A River Rungs Through It, Legends of the Fall, and Interview with the Vampire. He later earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for the first time for films like Seven and 12 Monkeys. He has won Academy Awards both for Best Supporting Actor and also Best Picture.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Britney Spears

Britney Spears is considered to be the “Princess of Pop” who has sold over 100 million records worldwide, meaning she is one of the best selling musicians of all time. She signed her first contract when she was 15 years old. She recently was released from a conservatorship that has been in place since 2008, giving her freedom for the first time in 13 years.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is one of the most successful Hollywood actors and producers who is also one of the highest paid actors of all time. He broke into the scene when he starred in Risky Business, and later Top Gun, Rain Man, Interview with the Vampire, and Jerry Maguire. He is also the star of the Mission Impossible franchise.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp first appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 and then became a teen sensation when he appeared in 21 Jump Street. He later appeared in films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Benny and Joon, Donnie Brasco, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Ed Wood. He then became the star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He has frequently appeared in Tim Burton films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, and Alice in Wonderland.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston became an internationally known star for her role as Rachel Green on hit sitcom Friends. She later starred in films like Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses, and Office Space. She has most recently starred in and produced Apple TV+ show The Morning Show.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld is one of the most successful comedians of all time who became a household name when he played a semi-fictional version of himself of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. His observational comedy became extremely popular, and he was considered the 12th greatest comedian of all time by Comedy Central.

Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld

Al Pacino

Al Pacino is an actor whose career has spanned over 50 years. He became well known when he starred in The Godfather and its subsequent sequels. He later starred in many other films, including Scarface, Carlito’s Way, The Devil’s Advocate, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Al Pacino

Al Pacino

Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc became well known for playing the role of Joey Tribbiani on Friends, for which he earned three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He also played a fictionalized version of himself on TV show Episodes, earning him a Golden Globe Award.

Matt Leblanc

Matt Leblanc

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore started out her career as a child actress, most notably appearing in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. After a turbulent childhood, she came back onto the scene and starred in films like Charlie’s Angels, Never Been Kissed, Boys on the Side, Batman Forever, Ever After, The Wedding Singer, 50 First Dates.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

Will Smith

Will Smith is a rapper, actor, and film producer who first became popular when he appeared on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He later appeared in films like Independence Day and Men in Black. He is the only actor to star in 8 consecutive movies that grossed more than $100 million in the US. He was named the most bankable star by Forbes in 2013.

Will Smith

Will Smith

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Austrian bodybuilder, actor, and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger first became known for winning the Mr. Universe competition when he was just 20 years old. He then went on to win Mr. Olympia seven times. He later starred in Conan the Barbarian, making him a star. He then starred in The Terminator series. He was the Governor of California in 2003 until he reached his term limit in 2011.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Anthony Hopkins

Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins is one of the most accomplished actors in Hollywood. He first gained fame when he starred as Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter. He then starred as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, The Elephant Man, Legends of the Fall, The Mask of Zorro, and many other films.

Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is a successful film star who is mainly known for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard film franchise. He has also starred in films like Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, The Sixth Sense, Tears of the Sun, Hostage, Moonrise Kingdom, and Motherless Brooklyn.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts is a successful actress who has starred in 12 films that have earned a minimum of $100 million at the domestic box office. She first became known after she appeared in Pretty Woman and later starred in films like Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, Sleeping with the Enemy, Notting Hill, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven, and Eat Pray Love.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is an actor, director, producer, and composer whose career has spanned over several decades. He first became known when he starred in Dollars Trilogy. He went on to direct films like Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, The Bridges of Madison County, and Gran Torino.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe will always be associated with his role of Harry Potter in the film franchise. He first starred in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001 when he was just 12 years old. He played Harry Potter for the last time in 2011 in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro is an actor producer, and director who has frequently worked with filmmaker Martin Scorsese. He starred in films like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, Wag the Dog, Analyze This, and Meet the Parents.

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate first became known for her role as Kelly Bundy on Married…with Children. She later starred in sitcoms Jesse and Samantha Who? She most recently starred in Netflix show Dead to Me. She has also appeared in films like The Sweetest Thing, Anchorman, Bad Moms, and Crash Pad.

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate

Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin became well known as a child star when he appeared as Kevin McCallister in the Home Alone film franchise. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for the role. In 1994, he stepped away from acting until he returned in 2003. He is also in a comedy rock band called the Pizza Underground and CEO and publisher of satire pop culture website and podcast Bunny Ears.

Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin

George Clooney

George Clooney is a prominent actor who first appeared as Dr. Doug Ross on ER and later appeared in films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Out of Sight, Ocean’s Eleven, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Ides of March, Good Night and Good Luck, Up in the Air, and O Brother Where Art Thou.

George Clooney

George Clooney

Beyonce

Beyonce is one of the most successful entertainers of all time. She first started out as a member of Destiny’s Child but pursued a solo career after they disbanded in 2006. She has also starred in films like The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls, Obsessed, and The Lion King. 

Beyonce

Beyonce

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa first appeared as Jason Ioane on Baywatch: Hawaii, and later starred as Ronon Dex on Syfy show Stargate Atlantis. He played Khal Drogo on HBO hit series Game of Thrones. He also portrays Arthur Curry/Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe, including his own standalone film that was released in 2018.

Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone first became well known when he starred in The Lords of Flatbush. He then became a household name when he portrayed Rocky in the Rocky film franchise.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is a pop star who has been on top of the charts since 2007 when she released her album The Fame, which featured hit songs like “Just Dance” and “Poker Face.” She has since released several successful albums and appeared in movies like A Star Is Born and House of Gucci.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds first rose to prominence when he starred in sitcom Two Guys and a Girl. He later appeared in films like National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, The Proposal, Buried, Blade: Trinity, Green Lantern, and Deadpool and its sequel.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is an award winning actor who has appeared in countless films and has achieved the status of being an American cultural icon. He has appeared in films like Splash, Big, A League of Their Own, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Bridge of Spies, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, Cast Away, and many more.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is one of the most successful actresses of all time. She first starred alongside her father Job Voight in the film Lookin’ to Get Out as a child actress. She later starred in films like Gia, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Girl Interrupted, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Salt, The Tourist, Changeling, Maleficent,  and Kung Fu Panda.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is a comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He became known when he starred on sketchy comedy show In Living Color. He then appeared in comedy films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever, and Liar Liar. He also starred in dramatic roles in films like Doing Time on Maple Drive, The Truman Show, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner is an accomplished actor who appeared in films like The Untouchables, No Way Out, Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, JFK, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard, and A Perfect World.

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter who was known for her expressive contralto voice. Her second album Back to Black was released in 2006 and became an international success. She won five Grammys for the album including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She sadly passed away due to alcohol poisoning in 2011 when she was just 27 years old.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is a pop star who first rose to prominence when he was discovered by Usher on YouTube. He released his first album My World 2.0 which included his first international hit song “Baby.” He released several more albums that shifted in sound and tone but were also very successful.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford has starred in countless films and has become one of the top 10 highest grossing domestic box office stars of all time. He starred in the Star Wars film franchise as well as the Indiana Jones film franchise. He also starred in Blade Runner, The Fugitive, Air Force One, American Graffiti, and The Mosquito Coast.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox became a household name when she starred as Monica Geller on hit sitcom Friends. She previously appeared in horror film franchise Scream and TV show Family Ties. She has since appeared on shows Dirt and Cougar Town.

Courteney Cox

Courteney Cox

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is one of the most successful actors of modern times. He first became known for appearing in medical drama St. Elsewhere and then appeared in films A Soldier’s Story, Cry Freedom, Glory, Malcolm X, Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia, The Hurricane, and American Gangster.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson’s first breakout role was Max Rockatansky in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic film series. He then appeared in Lethal Weapon, Romeo and Juliet, Gallipoli, and Braveheart. He directed and produced the film The Passion of the Christ, which was very controversial but also very financially successful.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson