Then and Now: 20 Throwback Celebrity Photos

Have you heard of Throwback Thursday? Throwback Thursday has been trending on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for a while now. Every Thursday users post or repost older photographs (often from their childhood) with the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday or #TBT. After all, we all love a bit of nostalgia – especially in the form of celebrity photos.

From cute baby photos to a collection of photos from just a few years ago. Celebrities also post their best throwback photos across social media for us all to enjoy.

We have put together the 20 best celebrity photos from across different eras in their life, and some stars look noticeably different than they do now. Some are adorable, some are funny and some are even cringe-worthy. However, all of them need to be seen. Check them out, along with an accompanying quote from the celeb!

20.) Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter and one of the leading contemporary recording artists of our time.

We are glad you ditched the corn-rows Taylor.

“Just be yourself, there is no one better.”

19.) Ryan Reynolds

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Movie star and social media guru Ryan Reynolds is known for his hilarious and playful Tweets and cheeky on-screen characters.

Ryan as a kid is just too much!

“I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!”

18.) Madonna

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Queen of Pop Madonna has reinvented her image many times over the years.

We could dedicate a whole article on just throwback Madonna photos from each era.

“I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art.”

17.) Kim Kardashian West

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The reality TV personality and socialite Kim Kardashian West was once a stylist to Paris Hilton. Kim rose to fame when she appeared on the E! reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Kim doesn’t look so “polished” in this celebrity photo of her with Nicole Richie. Just look at her today!

16.) Jennifer Lawrence

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With films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.

Jennifer still looks delightful back in the day.

“Even as far back as when I started acting at 14, I know I’ve never considered failure.”

15.) Dwayne Johnson

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Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known by his wrestling name The Rock, is now a Hollywood movie star.

Dwayne knows how to rock that fanny pack and polo-neck top.

“Do you smell what The Rock is cooking?”

14.) Ryan Seacrest

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Known for hosting the competition show American Idol, Ryan Seacrest always looks stylish on the TV screen.

That said … Ryan definitely grew into his looks.

“I hope I can help guys come out and say, ’All right, dude, I got a manicure … and I liked it.’”

13.) Ashton Kutcher

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Ashton Kutcher has come a long way from his That ’70s Show days. He is a heartthrob around the world.

How cute is baby Ashton? The other baby arm in the throwback photo? Most likely his twin brother!

12.) Zac Efron

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Zac Efron, the star of Disney’s High School Musical franchise, is admired by many.

Hmmm, we’re not sure about the crimped hair, Zac.

11.) Johnny Depp

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Our favorite quirky pirate Johnny Depp, he just oozes cool.

He’s almost unrecognizable as a child!

10.) Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson a beautiful blonde bombshell who’s not afraid to experiment with her style.

What a sweetheart Scarlett was when she was younger!

9.) Ryan Gosling

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Stylish yet casual and cool – Ryan Gosling has come a long way from his time at the Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club.

Or has he? Clearly, Ryan has always had that cheeky smile.

8.) Neil Patrick Harris

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Triple threat Neil Patrick Harris looks great when he’s “suited up.”

Neil just looks exactly the same, except he no longer wears a doctor’s laboratory coat and stethoscope. What’s your anti-aging secret, Neil?

7.) George Clooney

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Everyone loves a bit of George Clooney. Handsome, talented and quite the practical joker. What’s not to love?

Little young George is adorable!

6.) Julia Roberts

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When you think of Julia Roberts, you think teeth, hair and smile with a beautiful, effortless style.

The cutest throwback photo ever, it shows that she’s always had that charming smile.>“I’m a regular person with an extraordinary job.”

5.) Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt is known for his versatility as well as his handsome face.

Would you have guessed that this was Brad?

“I’m one of those people you hate because of genetics. It’s the truth.”

4.)  Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo DiCaprio, a once-dorky teenager, emerged into an adult heartthrob and Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor.

He still has a mischievous look in his eye.

“I’m not the kind of person who tries to be cool or trendy, I’m definitely an individual.”

3.) Drew Barrymore

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From child stat to successful actress, Drew Barrymore has seemingly been through it all.

Drew had some serious style even at a young age.

“I never regret anything. Because every little detail of your life is what made you into who you are in the end.”

2.) Blake Lively

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Not only is Blake Lively known for playing Serena van der Woodsen in the CW teen-drama television series Gossip Girl, she is celebrity throwback photo list mate Ryan Reynolds’ better half.

And like her husband, she was also cute as a button as a kid.

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.”

1.) Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford is such a sci-fi/action movie legend and a film hero.

Our beloved Han Solo looked so darling as a kid in his overalls, didn’t he?

Which is your favorite of these throwback celebrity photos?

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