young celebrites who made it without disney channel and nickelodian

I think it's cool thay these teens could make it big without having to play some cheesy role on a kid's television channel. It makes it a lot easier to consider them as a serious actor this way and shows that they have true talent because they can play more diverse characters.

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Taylor Momsen
Taylor Mikel Momsen was born on July 26th, 1993 in St Louis, Missouri to parents Michael and Colette Momsen. Her Mom took her to NYC because she was so bubbly, outgoing and so talented for her young age. She began her acting career at age 3 with a national commercial for "Shake-N-Bake". She also appeared in commercials for "Snuggle" fabric softener...
“ It's so crazy to believe that she's the girl who played little Cindy Lou Hou and really that's the only kind of "kid" role she's done. I know a lot of people judge her but I love her! I think she is extremely talented. ” - hallem23
Hailee Steinfeld
Actress, True Grit
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry includes Filipino...
“ She's being cast as Juliet in the remake of Romeo and Juliet and she's only 14! And as we all know she played the part of Mattie Ross in True Grit, one of the biggest movies of 2010 with hardly any film experience. ” - hallem23
Chloë Grace Moretz
Actress, Kick-Ass
Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English. Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the series The Guardian...
“ I think she's really funny and her characters are pretty badass for someone so young. ” - hallem23
Kristen Stewart
Actress, Twilight
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian...
“ She was horrible in Twilight but I dont' think it's her fault... it was horribly written. But everything else she's done has been pretty good. And was only 17 in the movie In the Land of Woman which is one of my favorites and only 13 in Panic Room. ” - hallem23
Emily Browning
Actress, Sucker Punch
Australian actress Emily Browning was born in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia, to Shelley and Andrew Browning. She has two younger brothers. Her start in acting came after a classmate's father, involved in the acting business, noticed her "acting all ditsy" in a school play. Emily found an agent and was soon filming on location for the Hallmark TV-movie...
“ She's older now but was 16 in A Series of Unfortunate Events and did a pretty good job. ” - hallem23
“ Started Glee at 18 or 19 in 2009 with pretty much no experience and has already won a golden globe. I think that says it all. ” - hallem23
Georgie Henley
Georgina Helen Henley was born July 9, 1995 in Ilkley, Yorkshire, England, the youngest of three daughters of Mike and Helen Henley. When she was young, she joined a local drama group called "Upstagers". It was there that she started her acting career, participating in stage performances such as "Babushka: A Christmas Story" and "The Pied Piper", prior to landing her first role in a film...
“ she did make it big because of the Narnia series which were made by Disney... but she's an exception because those were actually good and not the disney type about little 13 year olds dealing with middle school and being an undercover superstar who goes to camp and dresses up as a mascot. ” - hallem23
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe . His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
“ I don't think I even need to explain for the next four. And the rest of the kids in the Harry Potter series did a great job too but these ones are the better known. ” - hallem23
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
Rupert Grint
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, England, the elder son of Joanne (Parsons) and Nigel Grint, who dealt in memorabilia. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993 and 1996 respectively, and last, but not least, Charlotte, who was born in 1999...
Tom Felton
Tom Felton was born in Epsom, Surrey, to Sharon and Peter Felton. He has been acting since he was 8 years old at the suggestion of an actress friend of his family who recognized Felton's theatrical qualities. Felton met with an agent, and two weeks later, after auditioning with over 400 other children, he landed an international commercial campaign and went abroad to work...
Saoirse Ronan
Actress, Atonement
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in its County Carlow. Saoirse made her first TV appearance with a small role in a few episodes of the TV series...
“ Her first big movie was when she was 13 in Atonement with Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. She did a wonderful job and since then has continued to work with big actors and actresses. She is now 17. ” - hallem23
Alexis Bledel
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston, Texas, to Nanette (Dozier) and Martin Bledel. Her parents are both Spanish-speakers (her mother was born in Arizona and raised in Mexico, and her father was born in Argentina), and Alexis's ancestry includes Danish, German, English, Scottish, Irish, and French...
Dev Patel
Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins. His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire. In March 2015...
“ Starting with Skins in 2007 at the age of 17 and a year later starred in Slumdog Millionaire which one 8 oscars and a whole bunch of other awards. ” - hallem23
“ well there was About a Boy with Hugh Grant when he was just 13, then one of the UK's most popular teen shows Skins and anyone who's watched that knows what an amazing show it is and how well he did. Since Skins he's continued on with a lot of big hits like A Single Man with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore which was nominated for an oscar, Clash of the Titans with Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Sam Worthington, and just recently did X-Men: First Class. ” - hallem23
Blake Lively
Actress, Gossip Girl
Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively...
“ Starred in her first movie The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants at 18 and since then has become one of hollywood's major "It Girls". ” - hallem23
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ Was only 15 when that 70's show started! And everyone loves that show... :P now everyone knows who she is, her career is growing more and more each day and she's starting to get roles in some really big movies. ” - hallem23
Dakota Fanning
Actress, Man on Fire
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
“ I haven't always cared for her but I'm starting to really like her and obviously she's one of the most succesful kids in hollywood... ” - hallem23
“ Two and a Half Men premeired when he was only 10 years old. Now in 2011 he's still making us laugh. ” - hallem23
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Actor, Inception
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt was born February 17, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, to Jane Gordon and Dennis Levitt. Joseph was raised in a Jewish family with his late older brother, Dan Gordon-Levitt, who passed away in October 2010. His parents worked for the Pacifica Radio station KPFK-FM and his maternal grandfather...
“ His first big acting role was when he was 15 starring on Third Rock from the Sun which is a hilarious show, three years later 10 Things I Hate About You came out which is one of the most famous teen movies ever. He's almost 30 now but in the past few years his career has really started to heat up. ” - hallem23
Abigail Breslin
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, "Scream Queens" opposite Emma Roberts...
“ ...I think she's kind of annoying but I must admit she does a great job. ” - hallem23
Josh Hutcherson
Joshua Ryan Hutcherson was born on October 12, 1992 in Union, Kentucky to Michelle Fightmaster Hutcherson, who worked for Delta Air Lines, and Chris Hutcherson, an EPA analyst. He has one younger brother, Connor Hutcherson. From the age of four, Josh knew that he wanted to be an actor. In order to pursue his goal, Josh and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was nine-years-old...
“ He's not as famous as he should be. He's a pretty good actor. ” - hallem23
Jennifer Lawrence
Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, and Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp...
“ Almost 21 and already nominated for an oscar. ” - hallem23
Anton Yelchin
Actor, Star Trek
Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis, Chekov in the Star Trek reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy. He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His parents, Irina Korina and Viktor Yelchin...
“ Also not as famous as he should be but everything I've seen him in has been great. I loved him in Alpha Dog when he was 17. ” - hallem23
Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Christine Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, to Layne Ann (Wingate) and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor. She is of Italian (father) and German and English (mother) descent. A model and commercial actress from the age of 6, Cuoco's first major role was in the TV movie Quicksand: No Escape with Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson...
“ She was 17 in the first season of 8 Simple Rules and now at 25 stars in another sitcom, one of the top ones at that, The Big Bang Theory. ” - hallem23