20 Child Stars of the ’90s Who Are More Famous Now Than When They Were Kids

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It’s the week of Britney Spears‘ latest album release! So of course she’s been a busy ‘B’ (hehe), promoting her eighth studio record, Britney Jean. She even had a fun guest stint on The Ellen Show where she not only talked about her CD, but also dished on a little game she played when she was a kid with two guys we’re sure you’re familiar with…

During her interview, she revealed that while she was on The All New Mickey Mouse Club, she played Spin the Bottle with a couple of her castmates. Perhaps you know ’em? Their names are Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake. We know, that’s nuts! Disney really knew how to pick ’em. ANYWAY, this got us to thinking about all of the ’90s child stars that are arguably more famous now than ever before. Here are 20 of the best examples:

Britney Spears

The All New Mickey Mouse Club — 1993-1995

Photo: Disney

Justin Timberlake

The All New Mickey Mouse Club — 1993-1995

Along with fellow future *NSYNC-er JC Chasez!

Photo: Disney

Christina Aguilera

The All New Mickey Mouse Club — 1993-1995

Photo: Disney

Ryan Gosling

The All New Mickey Mouse Club — 1993-1995

Photo: Disney

Reese Witherspoon

The Man in the Moon — 1991

Photo: MGM

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

3rd Rock from the Sun — 1996-2001

Photo: Casey-Werner

Jessica Biel

7th Heaven — 1996-2006

Photo: WB

Leonardo DiCaprio

Growing Pains — 1991-1992

Photo: Warner Bros.

Anna Paquin

The Piano — 1993

Photo: Miramax

Christian Bale

Newsies — 1992

Photo: Disney

Jena Malone

Stepmom — 1998

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Elijah Wood

The Adventures of Huck Finn — 1993

Photo: Disney

Kirsten Dunst

Jumanji — 1995

Photo: Columbia TriStar

Mario Lopez

Saved by the Bell — 1989-1993

Photo: NBC

Mae Whitman

Chicago Hope — 1996-1999

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Neil Patrick Harris

Doogie Howser, M.D. — 1989-1993

Photo: 20th Century Fox

Natalie Portman

Léon: The Professional — 1994

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Mark Wahlberg

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch — 1989-1993

Photo: Interscope


The Cosby Show — 1989-1992

Photo: NBC

Drew Barrymore

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial — 1982

Okay, so Drew was around well before the '90s. But that only proves her staying power!

Photo: Universal

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