Nickelodeon has a knack for finding talent. From Ariana Grande to Nat Wolff, the slime network has launched the careers of some of Hollywood’s brightest young stars.
It also has an impeccable track record when it comes to hiring funny, empathetic young actors, who just so happen to grow up to be really, really ridiculously good looking adults. In fact, they taught us all a very important life lesson: no matter how awkward you look in middle school, you will grow up to be an attractive human being. Don’t believe us? Take it from these guys (and Josh Server):
“True Jackson, VP” may have ended (RIP, you beautiful show), but you can still catch Amell on your TV screens. He’ll make his much-anticipated return to the CW’s “The Flash” this season as Deathstorm.
At 14, Kress was everyone’s secret TV bae for five seasons on “iCarly.” (He eventually became Carly’s on-screen bae, but we all know how that worked out.) Now, the talented 23 year old is trying to take Hollywood by storm, one indie film at a time. This past November, Kress married his longtime love London Elise Moore and revealed once and for all that, yes, he ships Creddie, too.
Butler guest starred in “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” “Zoey 101,” and an episode of “iCarly.” You can currently catch him, and his wondrous blond locks, in MTV’s “The Shannara Chronicles,” or on the arm of his girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens.
Lil’ Romeo no more! The titular star of Nickelodeon’s “Romeo” is all grown up and spilling the tea on WEtv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop.”
A singer-songwriter at heart, Schneider starred on Nickelodeon’s “How To Rock” and the TV movie “Rags” before pursuing music full-time. Now, he goes by MAX and just last summer he toured with Fall Out Boy, Wiz Khalifa and Hoodie Allen on the Boys of Zummer Tour.
For four years Peck portrayed teen geek Josh Nichols on the popular Nickelodeon series “Drake & Josh.” Peck’s evolution from husky nerd to teenage heartthrob is well documented on the Internet, and he’s currently starring opposite John Stamos on Fox’s “Grandfathered.” Oh, and he’s a total Vine star these days. If only Oprah could see him now!
As Logan Reese on “Zoey 101,” Underwood nailed the whole “arrogant, bad boy” thing. So, it’s not surprising that teen girls fell head over heels for Underwood. Since his days at Pacific Coast Academy, the 25 year old has retired from acting. Now he’s just another attractive dude out in the wild known as life. Just look at those curls!
This might be controversial, but “The Naked Brothers Band” was always my favorite Nickelodeon show. Since his days singing about middle school heartbreak, the 20-year-old actor is now Hollywood’s perpetual everyboy, starring in “Paper Towns,” “The Fault In Our Stars” and the upcoming studio film, “Death Note.”
Alex was 6 years old when he starred alongside his older brother Nat in “The Naked Brothers Band,” and now the younger Wolff brother, who recently turned 18, is blazing his own path in the industry. Like his older brother, he’s a multi-hyphenate tour de force: actor, singer-songwriter, director, screenwriter and producer. There’s nothing this teen can’t do.
Nolan Gerard Funk
With a surname like Funk, it makes sense that this good-looking guy is still performing. Funk starred in the Nickelodeon TV musical movie “Spectacular!” back in 2009. Since then, he’s guest starred on “Glee,” MTV’s “Awkward.” and portrayed the titular character Conrad Birdie in the Broadway revival of “Bye Bye Birdie.” Not bad, Funk.
Jogia starred in “Spectacular!” before picking up a full-time gig on Nickelodeon’s “Victorious,” starring opposite Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande. With a head of hair like that and his old-school, James Dean swagger, it was hard not to fall in love with him. “Victorious” may be over, but you can still catch Jogia on the re-runs! Just kidding. The 23 year old is still acting, and he most recently starred as King Tut in the Spike miniseries “Tut.”