Many of the stars you see today got their start in the industry as adults. But there are others who begin their acting careers much sooner. Plenty of the most successful stars began as kids, and they continue to ascend to stardom as they grow older. What is also an unfortunate truth for many kid stars is that they end up having a hard time adjusting to adult life after such a whirlwind of a childhood in the limelight, and eventually get into trouble. There are child stars who fall on every aspect of this spectrum, some even opting to leave the industry altogether and live pretty normal lives away from the attention of fame. To learn more about some of the most well-known child stars from years ago, check out these 7 child stars and where they are now. 

Erik Per Sullivan 

You may slightly recognize this child star from a sitcom that he starred in for years. Erik Per Sullivan played Dewey on Malcolm in the Middle, for which he was well-known while the show was still on the air. He eventually went on to attend the University of Southern California and starred in the movie Twelve in 2010. 

Nate Richert 

During his time on television, Nate Richert was a hunk that all the teenage girls drooled over. He played Harvey Kinkle, the lovable boyfriend to Sabrina on the popular series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. After a few more acting gigs, he became a full-time musician and continues to make music for his fans. 

Alexa Vega

Alexa Vega has made quite a name for herself, as a child star and beyond. She is well known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids series. She also has singing skills, as she is featured on three songs from the Spy Kids soundtrack. She went on to appear in The Clockwork Girl and The Tomorrow People.