Celebrities are notoriously protective of their children. Many steer clear from paparazzi as much as possible and attempt to shield their kids from the limelight, which only piques the public interest that much more.
But these children are so beloved, and we have to admit we get a bit excited when we catch a glimpse of one of our favorite stars’ kids out in the wild. So, we’ve gathered a collection of then-and-now photos of more than 30 of our favorite celebrities alongside their favorite people. Click through for more!
Ava is just the spitting image of mom Reece Witherspoon, isn’t she? The 20-year old, whose father is actor Ryan Phillippe, has earned a reputation for artistic talent, with an affinity for sketching, sculpting, and photography. She hasn’t seemed to want to dabble in acting much, but has done some modeling work, and was the star of the Fall collection lookbook of Rodarte for 2018.
Born Chastity Bono to music icons Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz officially transitioned and changed his name in 2008. He has become an iconic activist for the LGBTQ+ community. He also acts, and appeared in the show Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets .
Though he hasn’t spent as much time in the public eye as his half-siblings Jaden and Willow, we first fell in love with a five-year-old Trey in the video for dad Will Smith’s hit, “Just the Two of Us.” Will and Trey have both opened up about their relationship struggles that ensued after Will divorced his first wife, Sheree Zampino. Based on more recent appearances together, they seem to have mended fences.
Frances’s father, the legendary Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, tragically took his own life at age 27—the age Frances is now. She’s had a rocky past with her mother, Courtney Love, who she filed a restraining order against in 2009. She’s crafted her own image, though, as both a visual artist and musician. She also now controls the publicity rights to her father’s name and image.
Hailie featured prominently in Eminem’s early songs. Now that she’s grown up, she’s determined to make a name for herself. She graduated summa cum laude from high school and then earned a degree from Michigan State University. She’s found success as an influencer on social media with nearly 1.5 million followers on her Instagram.
With parents like Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa, this young lady was bound to be a stunner. Her name means “Royal Hawk” in Hawaiian. Eleven year old Lola also has a 9-year-old brother named Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. They’re half siblings to Zoe Kravitz, Bonet’s daughter with singer Lenny Kravitz.
Bindi is all grown up and continuing the work of her late father, Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin. After his death in 2006, she created a kid’s documentary called Bindi the Jungle Girl in his honor. She also appeared in Crikey! It’s the Irwins in 2018 alongside her mother and brother. The three continue to look after the animals of Queensland’s Australia Zoo.
Raised by her father, super star director and Hollywood mainstay Ron Howard, it was only natural that Bryce would turn toward the entertainment industry. In addition to her work on Broadway, she’s appeared in The Help, the Jurassic World movies, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Black Mirror.
The daughter of late musical icon David Bowie and supermodel Iman, Alexandria Zahra Jones was just born cooler than all of us. The 19-year-old goes by the name Lexi, and is a visual artist with quite a following on Instagram.
Daughter of reality star Nicole Richie and musician Joel Madden—and granddaughter of music legend Lionel Richie—little Harlow has quite a pedigree. People Magazine famously paid $1M to feature baby Harlow in their pages. She’s now 12 years old.
When you think of celebrity babies, North West probably comes to mind first. She’s the first child of reality star Kim Kardashian and music mogul Kanye West. She’s now six years old and has three younger siblings: brothers Saint and Psalm, and sister Chicago.
Lily is the daughter of actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen who, though now divorced, keep a very tight-knit family. She appeared in the movies Underworld: Evolution, Everybody’s Fine, and Click when she was a child. Lily is now 21 and pursuing an education at New York University.
We’re still not over losing Robin Williams in 2014, and cannot even fathom what his family went through. His daughter Zelda, who Robin named after the video game character from The Legend of Zelda, followed him into the entertainment industry. The 29-year old is an actress, voice-over artist, director, producer, and writer.
Lourdes Leon, or Lola as she’s known to family, is the daughter of pop star Madonna and actor Carlos Leon. The 23-year-old stays out of the spotlight in general, but has made a name for herself as a model, appearing in campaigns for Miu Miu, Stella McCartney, and Converse.
Much like his legend of a father, Tom Hanks, Colin has already proven his acting chops. The 42-year-old has had notable roles in Orange County, Dexter, Life in Pieces, Band of Brothers, and Fargo.
Lila Grace Moss is the stunning, 17-year-old daughter of supermodel Kate Moss. She can often be seen attending runway shows and events with her mother, and has done a bit of modeling herself. She appeared in a Braid Bar campaign in 2017.
Though it would have been easy to get lost in the shadows of her uber famous parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow made a name for herself at an early age. She was only ten when she released her popular song “Whip My Hair.” She’s now 19 and still pursuing music.
Ronan is the son of actress Mia Farrow and legendary director Woody Allen, though he decided he did not want to share a last name with his estranged father. There have been rumors that Ronan is actually the son of Mia’s long-time love, Frank Sinatra.
Despite having two parents who are so well known in Hollywood, Ronan pursued a career in journalism. He was instrumental in bringing the abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein to light.
Tom Cruise’s personal life is always shrouded in a bit of mystery. He adopted two children with Nicole Kidman when they were still together—son, Connor, and daughter, Bella. Both are now in their mid-twenties, and reportedly Scientologists, like their father. Connor had a brief acting stint when he was younger, appearing in the movies Red Dawn and Seven Pounds. He now pursues his passion for deep-sea fishing in Florida.
Lily-Rose Depp is the daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French model Vanessa Paradis. She decided she wanted to pursue acting at a young age, and so gave up high school at 16 to pursue it full time. She’s appeared in several films including The King, Yoga Hosers, and Planetarium. She’s also established a modeling career working for brands like Chanel.
When the photo on the left was taken, people everywhere speculated that Brooklyn Beckham would follow in his father David’s footsteps and become a professional soccer player. He didn’t have a passion for athletics like his dear ol’ dad, though. Instead, the 21-year-old is working as a fashion model and photographer, having done campaigns for brands like Burberry.
Zoe Kravitz really needs no introduction. She’s had a long-established a career and can hold her own against famous parents Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz. (With genes like that, is it any wonder she’s drop dead gorgeous and talented?) The 31-year-old is a talented actress, singer, and model. She’s known for her roles in Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent, and Big Little Lies.
In 2007, Alec Baldwin made headlines when an abusive-sounding voicemail he left for his then 11-year-old daughter was leaked to the media. It was circulating during his divorce proceedings from Ireland’s mother, Kim Basinger, and though the media never quite forgave him for it, the father and daughter seem to remain close.
Ireland has built herself a successful modeling career. The 24-year-old now towers above both of her parents at 6’2″—and she’s even taller when she’s wearing heels.
Another celebrity child on our list who needs absolutely no introduction. Kate Hudson is a bona fide movie star in her own right. Born to Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn and raised by Hollywood legend Kurt Russel, Kate has carried on the legacy of this family quite well. She’s known for her starring roles in Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Bride Wars.
Madonna adopted her daughter Mercy James from Malawi when she was four years old. The adoption process was long and complicated, and after it was finalized, Mercy’s biological father (who had not been heard from for years after her birth) said he would fight for custody to get her back. Everything was eventually settled, but it was a traumatic period for many involved. Mercy is now 14 years old. Madonna has two biological and four adopted children.
Growing up the son of two movie star parents probably has its challenges, but it seems to have worked out OK for Jack Quaid. Born to Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan in 1992, the 27-year-old actor has appeared in The Hunger Games films, Lucky Logan, and the series The Boys.
Indio Falconer Downey—who’s worked as a musician, actor, and composer—followed a little too closely in father Robert Downey Jr.’s footsteps. He’s had substance abuse issues, and served a stint in rehab. Things have been looking up for the 26-year-old lately, though, and he currently plays in a band called The Dose.
We love those Beckham babies, man. With parents like Posh Spice and Becks himself, how could they not be gorgeous creatures? Harper is the only daughter of the clan, but at 8 years old has become a fan favorite. She is definitely showing off those Beckham genes.
Zahara was born in Nigeria and adopted by actress Angelina Jolie when she was just six months old. Now 15, she’s already gotten a couple of acting experiences under her belt. She had an uncredited role in the movie Maleficent and played Meng Meng in Kung Fu Panda 3.
Oh my word, are these two not the cutest?! Little Jack was born to actor Chris Pratt and then-wife actress Anna Faris in 2012. He was nine weeks premature, and had to spend a month in the neonatal intensive care unit before they could bring him home. But all is well now. I mean, can you even with those glasses??
Matilda Rose is the daughter of actress Michelle Williams and the late actor Heath Ledger. Matilda was only two years old when her father tragically died so young. (And we can’t believe it’s been a decade since that happened.) Now 13, she’s definitely starting to resemble him.
Born to movie star parents Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, it’s no wonder that Dakota Johnson has also found Hollywood fame. The 30-year-old actress is best known for her starring roles in the 50 Shades of Grey series.
When Apple Martin was born to Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin, the world couldn’t get enough of her. On top of her parents’ fame was her truly unique name, as well as the lengths her parents went to to keep her out of the spotlight. Those parents are still both fiercely protective of 15-year-old Apple’s privacy.
Angelina Jolie adopted her first child, Maddox, from Cambodia in 2002. At the time she was in the process of splitting up with her then-husband Billy Bob Thornton. She raised Maddox on her own until she began dating Brad Pitt in 2005. He eventually adopted Maddox as well, though their relationship was reportedly strained during Jolie and Pitt’s divorce in 2019. Maddox is now 18 years old and studying at Yonsei University in South Korea.
When stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got together in the mid-2000’s, they were a serious “It” couple. When Suri came along in 2006, tabloids couldn’t get enough of her. Unfortunately, when Tom and Katie split in 2012, it took a toll on the family. Katie Holmes now says that she and Suri “saved each other” in the aftermath of the divorce and subsequent separation from Scientology. Tom has reportedly had little to no contact with his daughter in the past several years, with many sources saying their relationship is “nonexistent.”
Here’s one more case of “HOW has it been that long since he died?” Paris Jackson was born to Michael Jackson in 1998. She was incredibly close to her father, and was only eleven when he died. It took a massive toll on her.
These days, the 22-year-old is an actress and model. She’s made a name for herself posting shocking, though body positive, photos on Instagram. She’ll be showing off her acting chops in the upcoming film Habit opposite former Disney star Bella Thorne.