A lot of things get better with age: wine, cheese, vintages. But do people get better with age? That’s a different question. Let’s see if that persuasion remains to be true in Hollywood. Here’s a list of before’s and after’s of Hollywood’s “golden children”, and how they have grown through the years:

Charlie (Freddie Highmore) from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

Freddie Highmore’s face is familiar to almost all of us. He co-starred this movie with the renowned Johnny Depp and was actually recommended by Depp to take the part of Charlie. Through other childhood favorites like “Finding Neverland” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles”, the audience was able to see just how good of an actor Highmore was. His string of awards all point towards his aptitude as well.

Nowadays, people don’t get many chances to see him in movies because he has transitioned to more executive roles in production. Highmore works more backstage now, writing scripts for dramas and comedy riffs. He has written many pilot scripts that massive companies, such as NBC, have taken an interest in. As for his looks, he hasn’t changed drastically. He has only gotten even more good looking since his childhood, as his features have gotten more pronounced than before, and the vibe that he emits has changed from being cute to being more handsome.

Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) from “Harry Potter”

You might be wondering if we got the same person in both pictures. We’re sure of it, and we were surprised initially as well.

Neville was that one chubby boy in the Harry Potter series that messed up again and again. Some fans loved him for his adorkable nature, while others slightly disliked him for his clumsiness. Matthew Lewis was the picture-perfect representation on the big screen of Neville. He had the “scared, clumsy look” down pat and his looks at the time were perfect for the character. Take a look of how he’s changed over the years.

Surprised? We are too. Now that’s what you call a glow up! Matthew Lewis looks, frankly, nothing like he did before! For a lot of people, that’s a big plus. The boy that played Neville was cute, sure, but it was the type of look that simply didn’t get better with age. The current Lewis looks more masculine, to say the least: the cover of a recent issue of “Attitude Magazine” really shows that change. If you look on Instagram, for instance, you can clearly see the number of fans that he has gained, mostly through his good looks. 

Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) from “Home Alone”

Almost everybody has watched “Home Alone” — it remains the epitome of the Christmas movie genre and its box office records reflects that as well (the movie remains the highest-growing Christmas movie of all time). Everybody remembers that movie, and Culkin’s surprised, hands-to-face look is the iconic image that people remember when they hear the name of the movie.

Culkin’s growth has been interesting, to say the least. After “Home Alone”, his success on the big screen has only been mild. His films, such as “Richie Rich” and “The Pagemaster”, have not been quite successful. After a series of movies that had similar results, Culkin decided to take some time off of movies. Desiring a normal life not filled with cameras and lighting, he went to school in New York. When he returned to Hollywood, the types of movies and roles he took turned subsequently darker. His book called “Junior” gives us some insight into his childhood struggles about his stardom and his relationship with his father. Culkin has also dabbled in music, with minimal results, with his rock band, Pizza Underground.

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