Some of our favorite celebrities started as child stars — a fact that most people don't remember or never knew. Jodie Foster and Christian Bale are two stars who we think of only as becoming famous once they were adults, but they actually were child stars. Insider recently compiled a list of several similar celebrities who started as child stars.
1. Jodie Foster
We know Jodie Foster for her Oscar-winning performance in "Silence of the Lambs," but before she achieved fame, the 57-year-old actress got her start in television during the late 1960s with roles in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" and "The Doris Day Show." Since then, Foster has won two Oscars and has been nominated for four.
2. Christian Bale
Before he was "Batman," Christian Bale was a 13-year-old boy starring in Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun." He also made a handful of brief appearances in TV series, including "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna." Throughout the years he has appeared in dozens of movies — including "The Fighter," which earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor.
3. Ryan Reynolds
Known for his quirky character in "Deadpool," Reynolds kickstarted his acting career at age 14 when he appeared in the Canadian TV series "Fifteen," which reportedly earned him $150 a day.
4. Scarlett Johansson
The "Avengers" star first began acting when she was 9 years old, appearing alongside Elijah Wood in "North." Today, the 35-year-old holds two Oscar nominations for best actress in "Marriage Story" and best supporting actress in "JoJo Rabbit."
5. Ryan Gosling
We all know that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears launched their careers on "The Mickey Mouse Club," but a lesser-known fact is that Ryan Gosling also has the show to thank for his fame. In addition to "The Mickey Mouse Club," he also appeared in several other 1990s hit TV shows, including "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" and "Goosebumps." Gosling went on to receive two Oscar nominations: one in 2007 for best supporting actor in "Half Nelson" and one in 2017 for best actor in "La La Land."
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