All grown up

All grown up
Alexa Vega (above).

Who says child stars are doomed to become attention-seeking, wild, young adults?

Hollywood is now filled with child stars-turned-grown-ups like Scarlett Johansson (The Horse Whisperer), Kristen Stewart (Panic Room), and Natalie Portman (Léon: The Professional).

We turn our attention to a new pack of young ones who have blossomed into sexed-up young ladies and are proving that the "former child star" tag is not such a bad thing after all.

ABIGAIL BRESLIN

Ender's Game (opens Nov 7)

Oh how this little girl has grown! She made such an impact as the cherubic pageant-loving Olive in Little Miss Sunshine (2006) that it became a little disconcerting to see her sashaying in her underwear in The Call earlier this year.

Breslin achieves another milestone playing an elder sister in the highly anticipated sci-fi blockbuster Ender's Game, based on the popular novels by controversial author Orson Scott Card.

The Oscar-nominated US actress, who's planning to put her career on hold to attend college, will also star alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the Oscar-bait drama August: Osage County.

Adolescence may be over for her and it looks like this 17-year-old has her head screwed on right.

She said to The Independent: "You just have to think: 'There are more important things going on in the world than a movie.' So that's what I think about before I do a red carpet. You just have to keep a perspective."

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