Sometimes the lights of famous actors and celebrities can shine so brightly that they obscure other parts of their lives or their pasts. We often forget or simply ignore other facets of their life, like strange hobbies or talents, interesting family members, or even their own pasts.

We dug up more than a dozen examples of beloved actors that we completely forgot started out as child stars.

For example, Ryan Reynolds--action and comedy star extraordinaire--actually started out as a teenager in Nickelodeon's Fifteen way back in 1990! It was about teenage life and Reynold's was just a 14 year old!

Jake Gyllenhaal got started as a kid as well, though his path was somewhat easier as his mom and dad were both already in the Hollywood elite.

Plenty of famous actors are well-known to us as grown-ups, so it can be kind of weird to find out that they started out when they were way, way younger, and in some cases were legit child stars ... who just kept going.

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee got started in his career way before he became a martial arts master. His first role was when he was just one year old, and he became a child actor - his dad was a movie star, so he was able to get Bruce's career started very early. The first time Bruce played a lead was in The Kid, when he was just nine. CRACKED.COM

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Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik got her start in Hollywood at a really young age. Way back in 1988, she played cc Bloom in the movie Beaches with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. CRACKED.COM

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Jason Bateman

Jason Bateman got his start in Hollywood when he was still a child. At the age of 10, he signed with an acting agency, and got cast in Little House on the Prairie two years after that. CRACKED.COM

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Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin was a child star, and got an Oscar before she hit puberty. She got the Oscar for best supporting actress in The Piano, released in 1993. CRACKED.COM

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