Some 1990s child stars, such as Macaulay Culkin from "Home Alone" and "Terminator 2" star Edward Furlong, have struggled in adult life to match their childhood movie success. Furlong has dealt with drug dependency, along with other '90s stars such as Nick Stahl, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Other '90s fixtures, like Jonathan Taylor Thomas of "Home Improvement," have quietly withdrawn from the Hollywood scene. After graduating Columbia University, Thomas is laying low with no indication of returning to acting.
Some '90s child stars have transitioned to adulthood with minimal difficulty and no negative career impact. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in numerous features and on television in the hit sitcom "Third Rock from the Sun" while growing up. The performer made a seamless crossover into adult stardom with hit movies such as "Inception," "500 Days of Summer" and "The Dark Knight Rises," and high-profile television appearances such as serving as host of "Saturday Night Live." Gordon-Levitt also directs and produces.
Similarly, actress Anna Paquin got an early start with an Oscar-winning role in "The Piano” when she was 9 years old. She worked consistently in the following years and later moved to a successful adult career working on the London and New York stage, and acting on acclaimed series like HBO’s “True Blood.”
Stars such as twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen from ABC sitcom smash "Full House" have capitalized on their childhood notoriety to build adult empires, marketing lines of clothing, makeup and other merchandise to idolizing fans.