Before they became household names, plenty of today's biggest stars posed for potentially awkward yearbook photos like the rest of us. While Gwyneth Paltrow  and Meryl Streep  had looks dramatically different from what we've grown to expect from them, Zac Efron  and Ashton Kutcher  merely appear like mini versions of themselves. Read on to see all the epic flashbacks, and then learn even more about your favorite stars with their birth names  and real ages .
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Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie
The former BFFs always seemed to be united by their interest in dressing up.
Years before Orange Is the New Black, Taylor had dark brown hair.
Yep, this Twilight heartthrob was always a tough guy.
She rocked bangs and played the saxophone!
Before he wowed us in *NSYNC, Justin was just one of the guys on the basketball team.
Fergie  cheered way before her days with The Black Eyed Peas.
He got in on the bleached hair trend.
The future Oscar winner totally nailed her splits as a cheerleader.
He was never too young to rock the goatee.
Blake Lively  got goofy with some friends, proving she was just as awesome in high school .
The actress put her all into cheerleading routines.
The actor let his personality shine through even from a young age.
She was singing long before her role as Jess on New Girl.
The actor was all about tight jeans and t-shirts in high school.
Pop's soon-to-be princess was number 25 on the basketball court.
The quarterback, on the right, stayed fit on the field.
This stunner was a high school athlete.
Even back then, Shailene wasn't shy about sharing her beautiful smile.
This picture shows Tyler's time after Maid in Manhattan and before Teen Wolf.
She rooted for the team with pom-poms in her hand before hitting the big screen.
Michael J. Fox
You may have seen this expression in Back to the Future, although the hair might throw you off a bit.
She had plenty of school spirit.
The Once Upon a Time actress showed off her artsy side in high school.
Yes, she's the pretty lady all the way on the right.
She proved her acting chops in a high school play.
Jennifer Lawrence 's time as a cheerleader is just one way she was amazing before superstardom .
You can spot the actor in the center bottom in this wrestling team portrait.
The actress always had a love of performing.
He showed a love of the stage before Broadway came calling.
The future Ally McBeal star, in the center, got into character back in high school.
She fit in with the crowd in school.
Prior to Bring It On, Kirsten, posing in the second row on the left, was a high school cheerleader.
Her warm smile has been a constant over the years.
The Tonight Show host learned all about teamwork in his youth.
He was sure to part his hair like most guys in the '90s.
The American Idol host, top right, was on the football team.
Just look at how long his hair was!
He epitomized preppy on the tennis court.
She played high school sports.
The actress, on the left, was a cheerleader in her high school days.
Can you spot Kate in the top right? She was a soccer star as a kid.
In case you needed another reminder that Meryl Streep  can do just about anything, check out her cheerleading picture.
The actor, at left, showed off his '90s style in a candid with his high school friends.
That's Gwyneth in a leather jacket, just joshing around with her high school friends.
The actress, top center, wore a Bulldogs cheer uniform before taking on the runway.
The future rapper and mogul, third from the left, posed for his class photo with a big smile.
Jessica, left, was on the cheer squad.