Eight Instances of “That was HER?”

I was watching The Grinch the other day to get in the Christmas spirit (surprisingly hilarious movie by the way), and the question came up about if Cindy Lou Who went on to do anything afterwards.

I whipped out my iPhone and sure enough, I discovered that the wee lass was none other than Taylor Momsen, who grew up to be super skanky on Gossip Girl.

I started to wonder when else I’ve been shocked to learn who today’s hotties used to be in classic movies during their youth, so I thought I’d make a list about it. Read on.

1. Hayden Panettiere in Remember the Titans

This one weirds a lot of people out, that Hayden was actually the spunky, football loving girl from Remember the Titans. Doesn’t seem like that long ago does it?

2. Emmanuelle Chirqui in Snow Day

Before she had anything to do with E on Entourage, Sloan was breaking hearts in Snow Day, and was my roommate’s first crush which is why I thought to include her here.

3. Anna Paquin in The Piano

Anna Paquin actually won an Oscar for her performance in The Piano at age eleven, making her the second youngest recipient of the award ever.

4. Taylor Momsen in The Grinch

The girl who inspired this post has also inspired an argument between my girlfriend and me about whether or not she’s hot. I say yes, she says no. Now she’s gotten all gothed out, but in her early years on Gossip Girl I’m sticking with my claim.

5. Scarlett Johansson in The Horse Whisperer

Is that not the creepiest picture of Scarlet Johansson you’ve ever seen? It’s also the first time I’ve ever had to use the filename “Johansson horse.jpg” which sounds like it could be a different image altogether.

6. Natalie Portman in The Professional

Most people will know this is how Natalie Portman got her start, but most will forget how creepy this role actually was when she dresses up in lingerie and dances for a 40 year old man.

7. Kirsten Dunst in Interview With the Vampire

Kirsten Dunst creeped me out in The Vampire Diaries as a sex-obsessed child-immortal, and frankly, she creeps me out now still.

8. Eliza Dushku in True Lies

She doesn’t look like she’d be Arnold’s daughter to me, but it was his duty to protect her in True Lies. Eventually she would grow up to be able to kick ass all on her own.

Update: Alright so this isn’t from True Lies, and I don’t understand why I can’t find a picture of her from that movie. C’mon internet!