Movie Roles That Were Too Mature For Child Actors

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    Making a movie isn't child's play - even for a child actor. Throughout Hollywood history, kids in the industry have been called upon to act in harrowing roles that push the limits of their abilities, and according to some critics, the boundaries of good taste. Here are some of the most famous examples of underage actors in mature roles…
    Dakota Fanning, Hounddog | 0:19
    Natalie Portman, The Professional | 1:07
    Kirsten Dunst, Interview with the Vampire | 1:45
    Christian Bale, Empire of the Sun | 2:23
    Macaulay Culkin, The Good Son | 3:03
    Jodie Foster, Taxi Driver | 4:09
    Olivia Hussey and Claire Danes, Romeo & Juliet | 4:43
    Jacob Reynolds, Gummo | 5:26
    Sue Lyon and Dominique Swain, Lolita | 6:14
    The entire cast of Kids | 7:09
    Brooke Shields, Pretty Baby and The Blue Lagoon | 7:39
    Linda Blair, The Exorcist | 8:31
    Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon | 9:31
    Chloe Moretz: Kick-Ass | 10:20
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  • Looper
    Looper  Year ago +847

    What other movie roles do you think should've made this list?

    • bill brad
      bill brad 2 days ago


    • Sparsha D
      Sparsha D 6 days ago

      Looper Hey why didn’t you include The Orphan?

    • Richard Ball
      Richard Ball 7 days ago

      "Bastard out of Carolina."

    • Rambling Spirits
      Rambling Spirits 8 days ago

      Zena, (Zeen-yah), Ohio. It's was the first place we that we discovered tornados have smaller tornados looping around them. A 3.5 mile wide tornado flatted the town. Then 15 years later one nearly the same size did it again.

    • Bill Williams
      Bill Williams 10 days ago

      "Never take sweets from a stanger" and "Whistle down the wind"

  • Michael Phillips
    Michael Phillips 2 hours ago

    And I was thinking I had rough moments in childhood.

  • D C
    D C 12 hours ago +1

    Let's not forget that many child actors are exposed to REAL abuse.Hollywood is a very dark place, and I'm not some religious nut, this is just a sad reality.

  • TheNoodlyAppendage
    TheNoodlyAppendage 13 hours ago

    Yes, we must have 18 year olds playing 12 year old rape victims, because reasons....

  • Apple Shrubs
    Apple Shrubs 16 hours ago

    As long as those kids aren’t making out with adults or smoking (for-real) I don’t really think it matters what role they play

  • Caprice Portia
    Caprice Portia 19 hours ago


  • JW41926
    JW41926 2 days ago

    I would not call it protecting a child's innocence. Explain to me how child actors are allowed to be in dark R rated films, but if a parent plays pranks on their kid on USclip, there is public outcry they loose custody.

  • yagurlceci
    yagurlceci 2 days ago

    omg Brooke Shields was gorgeous

  • Hunter Weeks
    Hunter Weeks 4 days ago +2

    The Good Son is great! And I actually bought him as a psychopath

  • cryinqsippy
    cryinqsippy 4 days ago

    my granddad and my family thinks i look like brooke sheilds but shes so much prettier than me lmao

  • Jackie Aikin
    Jackie Aikin 5 days ago

    Today children are being exposed again like in the past because some most countries are very disturbing and teenagers are legal for an adult to be with. It's real life and it's creepy. Pedophile nation

  • Ricardeaux
    Ricardeaux 6 days ago

    Foster is definitely a witch. Didn't she also orchestrate someone to assassinate RR back in the day?? Why isn't that more well known lol

  • Ima Go Apesht
    Ima Go Apesht 6 days ago +34

    “Too young” but yet all of these kids completely knocked these rolls out of the park.

  • Tinni The Tinfoil Hatter

    You should take a look at children-toys ; the world is ruled by men !

  • Victoria Clarke
    Victoria Clarke 6 days ago

    I was going to suggest Winona Ryder in the movie Mermaids but I just did some research and it turns out she was 19. I could’ve sworn she was younger.

  • Daniel Vidal
    Daniel Vidal 7 days ago +1

    It's called Léon: The Professional (1994) not just 'The Professional'

  • misha
    misha 7 days ago

    as a 17 year old this is ridiculous. you do realise doing drugs and having sex (and also being raped) are things that happen in every day life for some teenagers???? they’re trying to reach an audience that can relate to something like that. but yeah, we get it steve. you stayed in ur mums basement until you were 30 🙄

  • kiffclout
    kiffclout 8 days ago +2

    kids play kids
    adults play adults
    And adults play teenagers

  • Z
    Z 8 days ago

    It's acting and all fake lol!!!!

  • Genavieve C
    Genavieve C 8 days ago +2

    Yup I hate rape movies or when they like kinda show it. They can just say it if they want to add that to a movie.

  • Julia K
    Julia K 10 days ago

    what about Chloe graze moretz in runaway girl? she got raped, sexually assaulted and ran around with a gun and killed someone

  • Luke Bridger
    Luke Bridger 10 days ago

    What about Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan?

  • Hannah Laurenzano
    Hannah Laurenzano 10 days ago +1

    I love Empire of the Sun!

  • Lateralus 7007
    Lateralus 7007 10 days ago

    Yea well keep the tribe away from child actors and maybe Id be more supportive. Since the Tribe controls the industry they will always be at risk. Gotta love the chosen people.

  • Kristen Green
    Kristen Green 10 days ago

    Hit girl is my favorite!!!

  • Aria Clements
    Aria Clements 10 days ago

    Juliet was 13, not 14. "She hath not seen the change of fourteen years." So she's not yet 14.

  • Britt Anne
    Britt Anne 11 days ago

    5:30 Louise.....Bob's burgers haha...

  • Julie Laugen
    Julie Laugen 11 days ago

    Why isn’t the crush in this?

  • Philthy Tanks
    Philthy Tanks 12 days ago

    Lol Kids got skipped over quick! I assume it’s Bc mentioning rape and AIDS would get this demonetized?

  • Alana Valadez
    Alana Valadez 12 days ago

    Hold up, we just gonna forget about Jena Malone in Bastard Out of Carolina?

  • HeyKirsty
    HeyKirsty 14 days ago +1

    did no one watch Hick? I'd hardly call Kickass Chloe's most controversial role in comparison.

    • Pauline Marie
      Pauline Marie 12 days ago

      Hick definitely deserves a place on this list more than kickass, for sure

  • TheHero1945
    TheHero1945 14 days ago

    I know she was 17 but I can’t believe they didn’t mention Ellen Page in Hard Candy..

  • H3DDIE
    H3DDIE 15 days ago

    I can’t believe they didn’t add KEN PARK or BULLY!

  • Orlando Pockets
    Orlando Pockets 15 days ago

    Fear everything. Obey.

  • Bro
    Bro 15 days ago

    When Natalie Portman said "One shot, not bad huh?" I saw only Hit Girl right there. Seriously. They even have similar faces, smiles, short hair and everything.

  • rageforthemachine
    rageforthemachine 15 days ago

    Pretty much anything Lara Wendel or Eva Ionesco was in.

  • Lux Meow
    Lux Meow 15 days ago

    I don't agree because when the kids are acting, they're not watching the movie as a whole. They don't see what we do on screen. Most likely when working with kids the directors make it more fun. Look at how well adjusted Natalie Portman turned out, Kirsten Dunst is also doing well still. I didn't watch this vid to know who else. So can't blame their downfall on a movie roll alone if that were to happen, something more is going on.

  • Tara Budke
    Tara Budke 16 days ago

    Chloe Grace Moretz character was awesome though

  • Mona Plauborg Larsen
    Mona Plauborg Larsen 16 days ago

    What about Noah Wiseman in the movie "The Babadook"?

  • Mimi Cares for Kids
    Mimi Cares for Kids 17 days ago

    What the hell, I thought Romeo & Juliet was a cute high school lover story but their parent's fight. Not about sex, suicide and all the other stuff. They played that in Hey Arnold, weird

  • Briana .H
    Briana .H 18 days ago


  • coccinelle80
    coccinelle80 18 days ago

    Jodie Foster is an amazing actress

  • Asha
    Asha 18 days ago

    I find it interesting that they don't actually talk about how KIDS ends with one character getting raped on camera. It is a very disturbing moment.

  • Evan Fields
    Evan Fields 18 days ago

    Two Harnony Korine scripts on the list? Most of his work could work on this list.

  • Christina Bricker
    Christina Bricker 19 days ago

    Where’s my new boo bear? I want to get them safely across the veil

  • Jane Francis
    Jane Francis 19 days ago

    you guys screwed up a few film titles, man

  • Sakoya Spruill
    Sakoya Spruill 20 days ago +2

    What about the Shirley Temple movies???

  • Elizabeth Schuyler
    Elizabeth Schuyler 20 days ago

    Romeo and Juliet 1968 had younger actors I think.

  • Annette Mercer
    Annette Mercer 21 day ago

    The opening scene of 'Kids' with the two kids making out - the girl was 12 - was seriously disturbing

  • Benty Baroon
    Benty Baroon 22 days ago

    What about all the little kids who played “The Munchkins” in wizard of oz?? Weird stuff.

    • Mewtata
      Mewtata 21 day ago

      Benty Baroon I’m not sure any kids did. Those were adults with dwarfism.

  • Catz1a
    Catz1a 23 days ago

    the worst part is how, most of the time, the kids and movie want you to see the treatment as these children as disgusting...yet viewers still sexualize the kids. even counting down to when Portman turned 18 smh

  • Dani Leonard
    Dani Leonard 25 days ago

    Huffing glue huh??

  • Michael Kelligan
    Michael Kelligan 25 days ago +1

    Ahhh but thats what the Harvey Wiensteins in Hollywood like!

  • Rob Yagenmyer
    Rob Yagenmyer 25 days ago

    I feel that Gabriel Damon's role as Hob in Robocop 2 should have made the list.

  • Jasmin
    Jasmin 25 days ago

    Lord Of The Flies.

  • Rose Gunn
    Rose Gunn 25 days ago

    Really seems like whoever made this video really didn't get the purpose of Natalie Portmans character in the professional

  • Cassandra Craig
    Cassandra Craig 25 days ago

    On a similar note it bothers me when they have actors in movies that are in nude or sexual situations that are playing underage characters. I remember in the original Stepfather, it shows a girl showering...she's supposed to be 14. In Sixteen Candles, they're watching the prom queen shower, 16. In Leprechaun, stunt boobies of a girl (you know, never shows the face and boobies in the same screen...). It's pretty sick if you think about it.

  • Adalina
    Adalina 26 days ago

    I feel like the boys from the boy in the stripped pyjamas should have been listed

  • LaGrAubee
    LaGrAubee 26 days ago

    I know this isn’t a movie but, what about Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters? When they shot Murder house Taissa was 15 and Evan was 23

  • Antiunna Butchee
    Antiunna Butchee 27 days ago

    Pretty Baby

  • Caoilo Potter Winchester

    First off I in no way condone this, which is part of the reason I don't like the original work, Juliet is 14 in Romeo and Juliet while Romeo is in his mid to late 20's in the play. So while there are five years between Leo and Claire. I personally hate that Romeo and Juliet is seen as a love story. It is a story about a guy who has his ego damaged when a beautiful woman turns him down he just happens to fall for her younger even better-looking cousin? and Juliet, while intrigued in the good looking Romeo, doesn't seem overly interested until she finds out he is a Montague and there for her sworn enemy. Who else would a rebellious teenage girl want to marry if she is being forced into marriage? Sruly, not Paris who has been picked by her parents. So if she does not want to go to a nunnery or marry Paris, why not do what her father wants and marry but the son of his enemy who is alluring with his looks and extra years.

  • Christian Slack
    Christian Slack 27 days ago +1

    Hollywood is really a bunch of perverts, pedophiles and sexual deviants. Kevin Spacey was so obvious to me as soon as I couldn't sit all the way through America Beauty.

  • MariTheWolf
    MariTheWolf 27 days ago

    "Making a movie isn't Child's Play."
    I'm glad it's not. Cuz Chucky is an idio-

  • Mathilda
    Mathilda 27 days ago

    I beg to differ on one of them

  • Serai3
    Serai3 28 days ago

    If you're young enough to play Juliet, you're too young to play Juliet.

  • Jenny Gross
    Jenny Gross 28 days ago +3

    I think flowers in the arctic should be on list

  • skinny legend
    skinny legend 28 days ago

    people nowadays are so sensitive. it's not like any of this is actually happening. it's all fake
    deal with it y'all

  • capie44
    capie44 28 days ago

    Tatum smoking at nine-years old is the product of the tobacco industry requiring the productions they contribute to "advertise" smoking by up to 60% of the actors/actresses.
    The public, that would be you, tolerate this because they are willing to overlook this abuse to get their own jollies off the screen.
    If the public was really caring, they would be sending emails and letters to Directors telling them they are not going to view movies that have smoking in it.
    But are offended by violence, sexuallity, and vulgar language.

  • JDeppFan2272
    JDeppFan2272 29 days ago

    They... are... acting. It's just a role. Why is this such a big deal? I mean, people aren't complaining that 10 year old KIDS are forced to WORK hours on end each day. Nope, that's not a big deal... the pretend role they are playing in a STORY is the big deal. Give me a break.

  • jay son
    jay son 29 days ago

    Movies like these were made because we didn't have snowflakes and safe spaces back then.
    My God you f*ckers have ruined a great nation🖕🏻

  • Abdullah Ansari
    Abdullah Ansari 29 days ago

    A young actress playing Juliet is pretty normal

  • Dev Lo lo
    Dev Lo lo 29 days ago

    If Dakota fanning was okay with it then who cares smh

  • kambermusic
    kambermusic Month ago

    Welp, that was a creepy eleven minutes I just took

  • Tay Underground
    Tay Underground Month ago

    Honestly prefer it over actors being old and playing teens

  • Roberto Arteaga
    Roberto Arteaga Month ago


  • Harley Q
    Harley Q Month ago

    Savage acts of violence?! “ Kevin McCallister “ was defending his home!!! It’s not like he was going out and attacking people!!! 🙄🙄🙄

  • Chito Dʀɛaʍs
    Chito Dʀɛaʍs Month ago

    This is why these child actors are professional. They seriously good, they see it as a role and a job, nothing more. That's why they could do it. I swear these child actors are a lot more matured than me and I'm 19.

  • librarose79
    librarose79 Month ago

    And yet people complain when they cast 20 year olds as teenagers. Can't win them all.

  • Ascent
    Ascent Month ago

    So I guess the parts should have been given to 20 year olds?

  • Victoria Hatzson
    Victoria Hatzson Month ago

    Great choices

  • Victoria Hatzson
    Victoria Hatzson Month ago

    Good choices

  • Dancenasticgirl 812

    These are all white kids...

  • tinylittlewierdo
    tinylittlewierdo Month ago

    L’enffrontée deeply disturbed me. Anything with a 13 year old girl in sexual situations with an adult man upsets me.

  • Billie is my life
    Billie is my life Month ago

    Y'all should add Sasha pietrese in pretty little liars

  • musicmansuperman
    musicmansuperman Month ago

    "Movie Roles That Were Too Mature For Child Actors", or "Watch Hollywood Molest Young Children and Promote Pedophilia in Broad Daylight Without Any Negative Repercussions" I can see this being used as evidence in a trial on the Supreme Court to shut Hollywood down and incarcerate the corrupt puppet masters. Permanently.

  • Ian Hornbuckle
    Ian Hornbuckle Month ago

    That little boy in Gummo is the ugliest kid I’ve ever seen 😂

  • Thanos’ Gay cousin

    if a lot of people had their way we'd be out here with the most boring shit movies. I mean they act like the kids are really out here killing or dying or someshit. Its acting ffs. The story is supposed to provoke strong emotions and tell a story.

  • bryonnajones
    bryonnajones Month ago

    Poor Brooke Shields and the girl that got injured...

  • Rebekah Robbins
    Rebekah Robbins Month ago +5

    Millie Bobby brown really looks like Natalie Portman

  • phoenix stewart
    phoenix stewart Month ago

    Chloe grace mortez had a much more controversial role than kick ass in hick t age 14 where she is subjected to abuse and playing a very adult role where she ends up killing her capture

  • Soft Edits
    Soft Edits Month ago

    7:07 she looks like Lydia from Teen Wolf 😮

  • Holly Wileman
    Holly Wileman Month ago

    I looooove the professional

  • Robin Lofton
    Robin Lofton Month ago

    Christen donn playing Claudia was fucking PERFECT! My mom thought that she was CGI’d to look and sound like a child.

  • Dragon Flies411
    Dragon Flies411 Month ago

    They forgot about the movie called The Lover

  • M D
    M D Month ago

    Here is the thing. These are movies and the movie "Kids" is about what a lot of teenagers do and shouldn't have been as shocking as it was to people. I watched it at like 14 and related to some of it for sure. I was making stupid reckless decisions at that age that may not have been as intense as theirs but they were similar. They're not unrealistic most of the time.

  • Rick Kirby
    Rick Kirby Month ago +3

    Several of them are Academy Award winners now.

  • Ghosst182
    Ghosst182 Month ago

    Man Kids was crazy. “It’s Casper”, got what you deserved buddy, the giver, not so much! Crazy deep movie, wow.

  • Leo Di
    Leo Di Month ago

    Why did I know, that Brooke Shields was coming? Lmao

  • Joshua Daniel
    Joshua Daniel Month ago

    Hollywood is pedophiles stomping ground. Hollywood is disgusting. Filled with horrible people.

  • Bom Is Queen
    Bom Is Queen Month ago

    Lolita is a tough novel to get through tbh so I'm not surprised that the movies are disturbing as well