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13 Ways Child Stars Like To Prove They’re All Grown Up

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Happy birthday to Abigail Breslin, who turns eighteen today! She may be a full-blown adult now, but the funny thing about starring in a movie as a child is that everyone’s idea of you freezes right there. No matter how many candles you’re blowing out on your cake, everyone still has to mentally adjust from you not looking the same as you did playing Olive, the adorable little girl from Little Miss Sunshine. Them’s just kind of the breaks, y’know?

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There’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to transform your audience’s vision of you from a child star to an adult actor, but that hasn’t stopped Abigail and some of her cohorts from trying. And since there isn’t one set way to do it, everyone’s come up with a lot of different methods that I’d like to share with you today. But use them wisely in your own life, okay? Because across the board, if you really want to launch yourself into adulthood…you’re gonna end up with some pretty jarring results.

1. Show Some Skin

Abigail Breslin 2013 Teen Choice Awards August 11 2013 Los Angeles California(Photo: WENN.com)

Nothing jolts me into reality faster than dyed platinum-blond hair, heavy makeup, and a hefty dose of cleavage. Might as well start calling her Abigail Breast-lin, am I right? (High five for a joke that I morally could not make until today.)

2. Start A Band

Taylor Momsen performing with her band The Pretty Reckless November 2011(Photo: A. Miller / WENN.com)

If you feel like you’re not being taken seriously as an actor, do what Taylor Momsen did to distinguish herself from Gossip Girl playing Cindy Lou Who and get yourself in a band! Nothing grits you up like not being as good a singer as you think you are — bonus points if you perform in black leather and lingerie.

3. Get Yourself Tatted

Justin Bieber yacht 2014

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I’m not saying it’s a good theory, but it’s certainly one that Justin Bieber has been testing out pretty hard. Only big boys can get tattoos! But so far the massive amounts of ink on his body have done little to nothing to distract from his absurdly childish behavior, so this probably isn’t the best method on the list.

4. Date Someone Older

Mary-Kate Olsen boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy age difference 42 26 Nicolas Sarkozy French

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If dating someone more than ten years can pull you into the future where people take you seriously, then Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Dakota Fanning will be the first to know.

5. Twerk It Out

Miley Cyrus Robin Thicke VMAS 2013

This one is pretty specific to Miley Cyrus, but never have I ever seen a star shed her previous image faster than Miley did after that very calculated VMAs performance last year. ‘Blurred Lines’ indeed.

6. Get Married

Hilary Duff Mike Comrie In Bahamas

Pretty hard to keep thinking of Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire now that she’s married with a kid. And maybe divorcing? But maybe staying together? There are some very adult decisions to be made.

7. Get Naked

Daniel Radcliffe shirtless in EquusThere are lots of ways to do this one. You can show it all for a project, like Daniel Radcliffe did in Equus, or you can just leak naked photos that you already have, like Vanessa Hudgens. It certainly saves time!

8. Get Smart

Dylan Sprouse Cole Sprouse Twins

There are only two or three truly positive routes into Grown Up Land on this whole list, and this is one of them. If you’re intelligent enough, you really can talk your way into adulthood, just like Dylan and Cole Sprouse. They have such intelligent thoughts about everything. See also: Demi Lovato.

9. Get Arrested

Lindsay Lohan mugshot 2013Say what you will about Lindsay Lohan, but you definitely don’t associate her with that freckled set of twins from The Parent Trap remake anymore, right? If jail time isn’t available, rehab should work as well.

10. Get Your Hair Cut

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It’s a simple thing, but think about how well it worked for Emma Watson with that pixie cut! And could we really have embraced Justin Timberlake the way we did if he’d still had that blond fro? I don’t think so.

11. Shit On Your Franchise

Shia LaBeouf attending the premiere of Lawless August 2013(Photo: FayesVision / WENN.com)

You know those people who gave you your first break? You’re not really an adult until you proof how ungrateful you are to them, ala Shia LaBeouf. (Brown paper bag sold separately.)

12. Give To Charity

Taylor Swift attending the 2014 ACMAs close up

(Photo: Judy Eddy / WENN.com)

You knew that if there was one more positive way to being viewed as more mature, that Taylor Swift was gonna nail it. Once you start taking younger stars under your wing and being generous with your time and money, people start taking you seriously as a performer and a human.

13. Self-Destruct

The Jonas Brothers attending US Weekly Most Stylish New Yorkers party September 2013(Photo: Ryan / WENN.com)

And if all else fails, just take a page out of The Jonas Brothers‘ book and self-destruct. They wanted to be taken seriously as musicians so desperately that they just stopped being musicans! See also: Selena Gomez, who fired her parents as managers with nobody else lined up. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

And that’s how it’s done, friends. Make sure the door doesn’t hit your ass on the way out of childhood, and you better buckle up, because the road to maturity is hella bumpy. (Oh and you can’t use the word ‘hella’. I should’ve mentioned that.)

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  • elle

    I really like Abigail Breslin, she is very talented and good for her for making it through the awkward teen years so well. Every time I see that pic of her I have to remind myself it’s not Photoshopped-she’s just so baby faced! And side note: I like Taylor Momsen as a singer. She has such a Courtney Love vibe and I love it. Her actual band is shit though, unless she’s gotten a new one since I saw them a few years ago.

  • Kaitlin Reilly

    I stilllll cringe at the thought of Harry Potter in Equus

  • itpainsme2say

    Taylor’s new song “Heven Knows” is ridiculously awesome and is a really nice example of a new trend of throw back sound from the golden days of rock. Her voice is nice for her chosen genre of music I mean she is no adele but she is a solid singer.

    • Jenny

      WHERE. WHICH SONG. WHAT.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Hahaha.

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    #8! #8! #8!

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  • bambi

    Hahaha Abigail breast-lin. That was punny!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Thank you!

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