This is going to come out as a bit of a confession. When I first saw Warm Bodies, a zany and adorable zombie love story, I did not realize I had seen the handsome star, Nicholas Hoult, in anything before. It was only when the film landed in the wonderful world of On-Demand that I got that, “Have I seen him in something else?” twitch that had me running to IMDB.
I was shocked when I discovered the actor was the child star from About a Boy all grown up. Nicholas played the sweet, young Marcus Brewer who braved a school talent show to sing “Killing Me Softly” because it might cheer up his Mom. It is such a ripple in time when you see child stars then and now.
Many child stars from the mid- to late-nineties and early 2000’s are still working in the entertainment industry. We are so used to hearing about child stars who went off the deep end, but for every Bynes, Lohan, or Furlong there are many more hard at work and continuing to be involved with cool projects. I root for the success of these child stars as if they were friends I grew up with.