Celebrities With Big Transformations in the Last 10 years
If you’re over 25, it’s hard to believe that 2010 was a whole decade ago. A lot has undoubtedly changed in your life in those 10 years, celebrities are no different. Some were barely getting started in their careers back then, while others were on a trajectory that didn’t last.
With so many celebrities out there, it’s impossible to keep track of them all, so you’re certain to be surprised by some of the changes they’ve experienced. Read on to find out who changed the most.
Chris Pratt Was That Goofy Guy on Parks and Recreation
After roles in teen dramas Everwood and The O.C. in the 2000s, Chris Pratt reintroduced himself to audiences as the out-of-shape ex-boyfriend of Ann Perkins on Parks and Recreation. Season two began with Andy Dwyer living in a pit and established the dumb but loveable nature of the character.
Now He’s an Action Film Heartthrob
2013 was a turning point in Chris Pratt's career. He landed leading roles in not one, but two action movies: Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy. With multi-film contracts and epic box office sales, Pratt was helming two gigantic franchises.
Kylie Jenner Lived in the Background of her Family's Show
In 2010, 12-year-old Kylie Jenner had a background role in the fifth season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. She got into minor trouble like most teenagers for breaking house rules and playing pranks on her older siblings.
Now She Is a Self-Made Billionaire
Less than five years ago, 18-year-old Kylie took the $250,000 she earned from modeling and sponsorships and launched her first line of lipstick. That quickly grew into the Kylie Cosmetics enterprise, which is now valued at $1.2 billion.
Bradley Cooper Was Typecast as the Attractive Supporting Actor
After many supporting roles as the hot funny guy, Bradley Cooper dabbled in drama with the 2008 horror film The Midnight Meat Train. Unfortunately, his lead performance was not seen by many moviegoers.
Now He Is a Hollywood Legend With Seven Academy Award Nominations
Bradley Cooper proved everyone wrong about his acting skills with his portrayal of the complex Pat Solitano Jr. in 2012's Silver Linings Playbook. His performance earned him his first MTV Movie Award and Best Actor nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
Meghan Markle Was Looking for Her Big Break
With only minor roles and guest appearances on TV and in movies, Meghan Markle's most consistent acting work up to 2010 was being a "briefcase girl" on Deal or No Deal. Between acting gigs, she supported herself as a freelance calligrapher and bookbinding instructor.
Now She Is the Duchess of Sussex
After being set up with Prince Harry on a blind date in 2016, Meghan's drastically changed. As the couple became more serious, she made the decision to close down her lifestyle website, The Tig, and delete all published articles.
Prince Harry Was the Wild Younger Brother Making Tabloid Headlines
Speaking of the British monarchy, Prince Harry spent his teens and early 20s displaying a rebellious streak that often landed him in the tabloids and at odds with the paparazzi. His transgressions included underage drinking and smoking pot, inappropriate Nazi costumes and using racial slurs with his military comrades.
Now He Is a Respected Activist, Husband and Father
In 2014, Prince Harry took a more active role in charity work by launching the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style sporting event for men and women injured in the line of duty.
Lady Gaga Was Known for Her Outlandish and Polarizing Persona
The most notable person on the 2010 VMA red carpet was Lady Gaga clad in meat. Real. Raw. Meat. At only 24, she had already released albums The Fame and The Fame Monster with chart-topping singles Just Dance, Poker Face and Bad Romance, setting the bar for the pop music of the next decade.
Now She Is an Oscar-Winning Leading Lady
Her single You and I on the 2011 album Born This Way proved beyond a doubt her singing talent. Each of her next three albums was distinctly different, from the traditional vocal duets with Tony Bennett on Cheek to Cheek to the folk-inspired Joanne.
Joaquin Phoenix Retired From Acting to Pursue a Hip Hop Career
After an impressive acting career, Joaquin Phoenix shocked the world when he announced his retirement from acting to pursue a career as a rapper in 2008. When he appeared completely out of it on the Late Show with David Letterman the next February, many speculated that he’d truly lost it.
Now He Is Back on Top as an Acclaimed Actor
With his public return to acting in 2011, Joaquin Phoenix quickly earned himself more award nominations for his role in The Master. A string of critical successes followed including his notable performances in Her, You Were Never Really Here and Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot.
Miley Cyrus Was Barely Navigating Life Beyond Hannah Montana
A freshly eighteen Miley Cyrus began to flex an edgier adult image in 2010. Even though she still had another year to go on Hannah Montana, she shed the persona of her Disney Channel role for The Last Song. That began her 10-year on-again, off-again relationship with Liam Hemsworth when they met during shooting.
Now She Is Redefining Herself Yet Again
The past 10 years saw Miley try on many different looks and musical styles. 2013 was marked by her tour and album Bangers, which she described as "dirty south hip-hop". She experimented with a psychedelic sound on Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz before getting in touch with her country roots again in Younger Now.
Shia LaBeouf Already Had Multiple Blockbuster Hits Under His Belt
By 2010, Shia LaBeouf had fully transitioned from child Disney star on Even Stevens to adult action hero with movies like Disturbia, Eagle Eye, Indiana Jones and the Transformers franchise. While he slowed down in 2010 with only one film release, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, his performance was a critical success.
Now He's Re-entering Hollywood's Good Graces After Some Rough Years
Shia began a bit of a downward spiral in 2014 when he wore a brown paper bag over his head with the words "I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE" written on it to the Berlin Film Festival. This marked the beginning of controversial performance art pieces with artists Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö.
Kristen Stewart Collected a Steady Paycheck With The Twilight Saga
After her uncredited acting debut in 2000, Kristen Stewart had consistent work in films for the next decade. With the release of the third Twilight movie, she was the highest-paid actress of 2010. Her portrayal of Joan Jett that year in The Runaways earned significant critical praise.
Now She's Changed Her Look and Is Picky About Her Roles
After leading roles in Snow White and the Huntsman and an outed affair with her older, married director, Stewart decided to take a break from big-budget films. However, she continued to receive critical praise for her work in independent productions. In 2019, she returned to the silver screen in Charlie's Angels.
Jonah Hill Was Still Chubby and Starring in His First Major Film
Jonah Hill got his start in the 2004 indie comedy I Heart Huckabees. He continued acting as supporting characters in Judd Apatow films and other teen comedies. His first leading role was with Michael Cera in Superbad.
Now He Has Proven Himself as a Dramatic Actor and Filmmaker
When Hill appeared at the 2011 ESPY awards, he was notably slimmer, a step he took to obtain more serious roles. That same year, he broke out of his comedy typecast with his role as a nerdy statistician in Moneyball. The performance earned him both a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Gal Gadot Was Only Known in The States For Fast & Furious
Gal Gadot won Miss Israel at 18 years old in 2004. As an Israeli, she fulfilled her two years of mandatory military service beginning when she was 20. She continued modeling during that time and was featured in Maxim's 2007 "Women of the IDF" photoshoot.
Now She Is a Household Name as Wonder Woman
It wasn't until Gal Gadot's role in the 2017 Wonder Woman that she skyrocketed into household name status. When the movie debuted it became the highest-grossing film directed by a woman (now beaten by Captain Marvel).
Justin Bieber Had Just Released Baby and Bieber Fever Was About to Spread
A baby-faced Justin Bieber broke out when his debut EP landed in November of 2009. At just 15 years old, he was the first musician to have seven songs from a debut record make the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Now He's Working on His First Studio Album in Five Years
Unsurprisingly for a teenage boy growing up in the spotlight, Justin caused a few scandals, including a 2014 arrest. He finally released a number one song in 2015 with his album Purpose. Professionally, he focused on collaborations for the past five years, but he is now working on a new studio album.
Bruce Jenner Was the Former Olympian Dad on Keeping Up With the Kardashians
When Keeping Up With The Kardashians began, Bruce Jenner was the most famous member of the family as the former "world’s greatest athlete". By 2010, however, he was a quiet background figure trying to be the voice of reason amid the drama and chaos.
Now She Is Embracing Life as Caitlyn Jenner
After a couple of years of public speculation, Jenner came out as a trans woman to Diane Sawyer in a 20/20 interview in 2015. She revealed she had crossdressed and taken hormone replacement therapy for many years prior to her relationship with Kris but discontinued when they married in 1991.
Donald Trump Was Best Known for His Catchphrase "You're Fired" on The Apprentice
Since the late 1970s, Donald Trump has garnered public attention with his business activities. As a real estate mogul, he heavily invested in New York City buildings, including the Plaza Hotel. Financial losses in the 90s forced Trump to change his focus to branding and licensing his name for building projects owned and operated by outside entities.
Now He Is the President of the United States
In 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States with the slogan, "Make America Great Again". As one of 17 Republican candidates, his campaign was not taken seriously at first by political analysts.