This ‘angelic’ child star stayed out of the spotlight—he now looks ‘unrecognizable’ and grew a beard to hide from the public

Advertisement

THIS ‘ANGELIC’ CHILD STAR DISAPPEARED FOR YEARS — HE LOOKS ‘UNRECOGNIZABLE’ NOW & GREW BEARD TO HIDE FROM PUBLIC. This brilliant boy woke up SUPER POPULAR after starring in “The Sixth Sense” along with Bruce Willis. A year later, this CHILD PRODIGY appeared with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in “Pay It Forward” but ABRUPTLY DISAPPEARED at the peak of his fame. Now this child star turns out to be “unrecognizable” with a beard he grew to hide from public. His DRASTIC TRANSFORMATION leaves people at a loss for words. His SHOCKING photos now are in the comments.

Throughout the 1990s, Haley Joel Osment gained fame as a child actor, especially for his roles in films such as Forrest Gump and The Sixth Sense, where he acted alongside Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis. However, as he got older, his career started to decline. Despite a few voice-acting gigs and brief appearances in the 2000s, it appeared that the once popular child star had faded from the public eye.

Child prodigy and Bruce Willis on the set of “The Sixth Sense,” 1999 | Source: Getty Image

It’s fascinating to watch child actors age right in front of us, and Osment is a perfect example. He captured hearts with his youthful charm when he first started acting. In his early days, he was known for his angelic face and light brown hair.

Haley Osment on the set of “Thunder Alley,” 1994 | Source: Getty Images

From a young age, he had a special talent for expressing strong feelings that made people love him, including both viewers and reviewers.

Haley Osment at the 30th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Tom Hanks on June 12, 2002. | Source: Getty Images

Osment’s journey into acting is truly remarkable. At the age of four, he was discovered in Ikea and was chosen for commercials because of his face. This led to him appearing in a Pizza Hut ad in 1993. The director of Forrest Gump noticed him in the commercial and approached him. Even though he was only five years old, he impressed the director and formed a strong connection with Tom Hanks. Additionally, his screen test with Hanks is still being shared on social media.

Hayley Osment at the team photocall at the Celtic Manor Resort on August 27, 2005 Newport, Wales. | Source: Getty Images

In 1997, Osment was still busy with TV and movies. He looked different from before, showing that he was growing up. The actor’s appearance started to show a more mature look, indicating that he was becoming a young adult.

Jesse Mc Cartney and Haley Osment at the Playstation 2’s “Kingdom Hearts II” launch party on March 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

In 1999, he gained worldwide recognition for his role in The Sixth Sense. He was often described as a young man wise beyond his years. During his last audition for the film, he dressed in a suit. Director M Night Shyamalan was moved to tears by the boy’s vulnerability and emotional performance, especially when he delivered the famous line: “I see dead people.”

Haley Osment photographed on November 6, 2008 | Source: Getty Images

Osment became a nominee at the 72nd Academy Awards, establishing himself as a top young talent in Hollywood at the start of the new millennium.

By this point, his style has matured.

Version 1: Upon his return to school, he was hailed as a true star, even though many of his classmates hadn’t watched The Sixth Sense yet, as it was not appropriate for children under 13.

Haley Osment at Fox 5 Studios on July 27, 2012 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

By 2002, Osment continued to work in the film industry, albeit quietly, under the radar.

He provided voiceovers for movies such as The Country Bears and The Jungle Book 2, displaying his range. Meanwhile, his appearance started to reflect his teenage years. He was no longer the young child who won over audiences worldwide.

Haley Osment and Emily Osment attend the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute honoring John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

By 2005, he turned from a child star to a young adult actor.

In 2006, Osment had a rough year with a well-known drunk driving incident that got him arrested. His mug shots from that time made him look like a young man, quite different from his usual polished image.

Osment sustained several injuries, such as a broken rib and an injured shoulder, due to the accident. He faced charges for driving while intoxicated and drinking underage.

Haley Osment at the Deadline Hollywood Emmy Season Kickoff party on June 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

At 18, he moved to New York to study experimental theatre at New York University and attend college, something both he and his parents wanted.

“I did work that practically nobody saw for a long time, which was not a great career move – but, ultimately, was important for me to figure out whether this was what I truly wanted to do for the rest of my life,” Osment once told The Guardian.

In 2008, Osment made his Broadway debut, marking a significant milestone in his career. He sported a more mature look, with the beginnings of facial hair.

Haley Osment at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 13th Annual L.A. Golf Classic at North Ranch Country Club on June 12, 2023 in Westlake Village, California. | Source: Getty Images

Taking part in American Buffalo, he explored more complex themes. “That was definitely a very fun period of playing a lot of bad guys,” Osment admitted in a 2020 interview. By 2014, Osment had immersed himself in character-driven roles that showcased his dramatic abilities. His performance in Sex Ed highlighted his adept comic timing as well. The actor looked quite different than before and his fans commented on his weight gain.

Haley Osment at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s 13th Annual L.A. Golf Classic at North Ranch Country Club on June 12, 2023 in Westlake Village, California. | Source: Getty Images

“Just noticed Haley Joel Osment in the ending credits of ‘What We Do in the Shadows.’ I’m like who? When? Had to google it omg completely unrecognizable,” wrote one person. Another said, “Can we talk about how Haley Joel Osment is almost unrecognizable in this?” A third commented, “Does this man make you wonder why Haley Joel Osment gained so much weight? Almost unrecognizable. Such an incredible actor and now no parts for Haley.”

Haley Osment attends the Los Angeles premiere of “Drugstore June,” 2024 | Source: Getty Images

Referring to the comments regarding his looks, the actor wrote on social media, “I would say it’s fine that it’s unrecognizable. It’s good. […] there’s those sort of roles that give you the opportunity to undergo a transformation like that are really really kind of fun.”

Osment starred in the acclaimed series Silicon Valley, which aired for six seasons from 2014 to 2019 and earned two Primetime Emmy Awards. This role marked a departure from Osment’s earlier work. During this period, Osment had a full-grown beard. The star revealed that he grew a beard “to try to hide in public. That didn’t really work at all,” as per The Guardian.

After living in New York for 13 years, Osment returned to Los Angeles on 2020. In 2023, his acting career thrived.

Osment continues to receive recognition for his transformation and dedication to his craft.

Nice to see a child actor turned out normal,” commented one user. Another wrote, “This guy is still absolutely adorable. He has such a tremendous presence and seems to really have fun with what he does and not take it too seriously.”

Haley Osment at the Cinespia 20th anniversary screening of “The Sixth Sense” presented by Amazon Studios at Hollywood Forever on October 19, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

“He’s so cute he seems like he would be good at hugging,” one individual wrote. Someone else added, “He looks like a huge cuddly teddy bear!!! I just wanna give him a BIG hug!!!!”

“It’s pretty apparent that he grew up to be a very intelligent actor. I see him as the next Phillip Seymour Hoffman,” one social media user stated.

Osment has diversified his slate significantly in recent years, appearing in projects as diverse as Teachers, The Devil Has a Name, and The Kominsky Method, among others.

Please SHARE this article with your family and friends on Facebook.

Advertisement
Back to top button

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker