Today: February 28, 2024

Making The Grade

By Matt Isard – Congratulations Selena Gomez! Spring Breakers – out this week – sees the one time Disney Channel star graduate to fully-fledged bad-ass babe status, complete with handgun and bikini.

By Matt Isard

Selena Gomez! Spring Breakers (Main Picture) – out this week – sees the one time Disney
Channel star graduate to fully-fledged bad-ass babe status, complete with
handgun and bikini.
Sadly, many child stars never
make the successful move to adult roles: Frankie
, Macaulay Culkin, and Lindsay Lohan all spring to mind. Matt
Isard looks at that rare breed – the child actor who is just as successful
after their cuteness has faded …

Portman: Net Worth $32 Million

She stunned audiences at thirteen in her debut film Leon: The Professional playing an
orphan adopted by hitman Jean Reno.
The adult Portman widely chose indie flicks over blockbusters and by seventeen
was getting major roles. Washington
Post’s Desson Howe
described Natalie Portman as the “most poignant and
witty presence” in Beautiful Girls.
But it was her Oscar nominated performance in Closer that showed Portman was a formidable actress; on a par with
seasoned performers like Julia Roberts,
Clive Owen,
and Jude Law. Her Oscar winning role in Black Swan proved
what a star she was and always has been.

Watson: Net Worth $50 Million

Audiences first saw her as the bushy-haired Hermione Granger in the hugely
successful Harry Potter And The
Philosopher’s Stone
. As the franchise went on, Emma Watson matured before
our eyes – remember when she walked down the stairs to the ball? However it was
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower that
really showed off her talent. Given a decent script, we knew that Watson could
act. With some dark roles on the horizon, like a fame obsessed Nicki in Sofia Coppla’s Bling Ring, it looks
likely that Watson’ star will shine for a while.

Gosling: Net Worth $50 Million

This Mickey
Mouse Club
alumnus went from TV appearances to being one of the sexiest men
alive. If that doesn’t count as successful, then what does? Loved by girls-and
hated by their boyfriends – Ryan Gosling won his pin up status when he played
Noah in girlfriend favourite The
. But he showed off his acting muscle in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine. Critics noted how he showed
great emotional talent and depth in his portrayal of a husband in a marriage on
the rocks.

Radcliffe: Net Worth $80 Million

Another Hogwarts’
alumnus, Daniel Radcliffe can magic
any role into box office gold. His first non-Potter role – The Woman In Black – became the most
successful British horror film of all time. Whatever spell he’s got, it’s
better than wingardium leviosa. Radcliffe has even taken his magic onto the
stage, although in Equus he showed
off quite a different sort of wand!

Johansson: Net Worth $55 Million

Scarlett Johansson had a poor start to her career.
Her debut film, North, was arguably,
one of the worst movies of 1994. Eventually, though, Johansson found her acting
feet in teenage roles after playing Becky in Ghost World. Then she took on adult roles and shone. The lead in The Girl With The Pearl Earring, Bill
drinking buddy in Lost In
, and the seductress in Match
. Johansson brought a gravitas to these roles beyond her years and
cemented herself as a member of the new Hollywood elite.

Foster: Net Worth $100 Million

The ultimate hard-working child star, Jodie Foster
appeared in her first commercial at the age of three and had played over 30
roles before she was thirteen. It was at this point she made her big screen
debut as preteen prostitute, Iris Steensma, in Taxi Driver. She
finally won her first Oscar playing a rape victim in The Accused, but is probably best known as Clarice Starling in The Silence Of The Lambs.

Bale: Net Worth $60 Million

You don’t get much better starts in Hollywood than
working with Steven Spielberg. It
worked for Drew Barrymore. And it
worked for Christian Bale. At 13, Bale stared in the World War II coming of age
film Empire Of The Sun. Bale was the
English boy who gets lost in a Japanese internment camp after being separated
from his parents. Bale went onto win critical acclaim as serial killer Patrick
Bateman in American Psycho – a role
that he made both dark and funny. But it was his dedication to the acting art
in The Machinist that’s made him a
legend. Bale lost more than 27 Kg to play the insomniac Trevor Reznik. And you
thought that extra Easter egg weight would be a challenge? He then went on to be the most
successful on screen Batman of all time with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight

Barrymore: Net Worth $125 Million

As a child of the great Barrymore acting dynasty Drew
Barrymore seemed destined for movie success. At seven, she played little sister
Gertie in E.T The Extra-Terrestrial
and captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. However she looked set to go
the way of many child stars with a meltdown and time in rehab at thirteen.
After a number of years playing rebellious characters Barrymore returned to
form in Boys On The Side. She then
went on to star in the box office successes Ever After and the Charlie’s
reboot. Growing out of her troubled years Barrymore has shown a
bankability that most stars can’t match.

Jolie: Net Worth: $120 Million

Normally, when your dad takes you to his office it
doesn’t lead to a Hollywood role. But Angelina Jolie is not normal. After
appearing with her father in Lookin’ To
Get Out
at six, it was a decade before she was seen onscreen again. However
since Cyborg 2 she’s become one of Hollywood’s most familiar faces. Jolie
manages to balance box office success with acting accolades. She won an Oscar
for Girl Interrupted, acclaim for Gia, and bankability with Tomb Raider. Add to that the fact she
is in one half of the phenomena that is Bradjelina,
then you realise just how well she has done for herself.

DiCaprio: Net Worth $200 Million

The success story to end all success stories.
Leonardo DiCaprio started on American TV with Growing Pains and Santa
but his star went stratospheric, thanks to Titanic. Once his boyish looks faded – which took a while – he
chose a series of award winning projects: Catch
Me If You Can, The Aviator,
and Revolution
. As well as being a fantastic actor DiCaprio has shown he can shoulder
blockbuster success. Recently he has had more commercial success with Shutter Island and Inception.

Breakers opens in UK cinemas on 5th April.

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email:

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