From 2004 until 2012, Desperate Housewives ruled Sunday nights—and we’re still not over all the hit show’s crazy, mysterious storylines! The cast included many talented young actors that seemed to grow up right before our very eyes during the show’s lengthy run, which lasted from 2004 to 2012.
Clearly the show was a great career jumping-off point for these TV cast members, who got their starts on good old Wisteria Lane. Clearly the show was a great career jumping-off point for these TV cast members, who got their starts on good old Wisteria Lane. Once you see how they look today, you may realize that some of these kids are now actors you see appearing on other hit shows or movies. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, time is just passing far too quickly.
Those Desperate Housewives kids will forever have a place in our hearts, there’s no question. Think about actress Andrea Bowen, who played Julie Mayer, Susan Delfino’s daughter, or Shawn Pyfrom, who graced the screen as Bree Van de Kamp’s son, Andrew. Even sweet young Madison De La Garza, who played Juanita Solis, is now 15 years old, believe it or not. How is this even possible?!
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Check out these side-by-side comparisons and judge for yourself: The kids from Desperate Housewives have grown into some fine-looking, sophisticated actors, wouldn’t you say?
via Closer Weekly
Madison De La Garza
Madison De La Garza (Juanita Solis)
The star — who portrayed Gabrielle and Carlos Solis' eldest child who was mistakenly switched at birth with the Solis' biological daughter — has also starred on Disney Channel TV shows Sonny with a Chance and Good Luck Charlie.
Andrea Bowen (Julie Mayer)
Andrea — who played Susan Delfino's daughter — won two SAG Awards for her role on Desperate Housewives. The actress, who has also appeared on shows One Tree Hill, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Ghost Whisperer, most recently starred in the movie G.B.F.
Mason Vale Cotton
Mason Vale Cotton (MJ Delfino)
Mason is most known for his starring roles as Susan and Mike Delfino's son on Desperate Housewives and as Don and Betty Draper's middle child on Mad Men.
Cody Kasch (Zach Young)
After playing Mary Alice Young's son, Cody guest starred on TV shows Criminal Minds and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. While appearing on Desperate Housewives, the then 17-year-old was arrested for marijuana possession, but the charges were later dismissed.
Shane Brent Kinsman
Shane and Brent Kinsman (Porter and Preston Scavo)
The twins — who played Lynette and Tom Scavo's twins in seasons one through four — have also appeared in movies Cheaper by the Dozen and Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and on the TV show ER. They've since retired from acting to focus on their schoolwork.
Kendall Applegate (Penny Scavo)
Kendall played the youngest child in the Scavo family on the series' fifth and sixth seasons. She has also starred in movies Ranger Rob: The Movie and Opposite Day and on the TV show Talkshow with Spike Feresten.
Charlie Carver (Porter Scavo)
Following his role on Desperate Housewives, the actor — who played one of Lynette Scavo's sons in seasons five through eight — landed parts on popular series' Teen Wolf and The Leftovers.
Max Carver (Preston Scavo)
Max starred alongside his twin brother as one of Lynette and Tom Scavo's sons during seasons five through eight on the show. His recent acting credits include Teen Wolf, The Leftovers and Mantervention.
Joshua Logan Moore
Joshua Logan Moore (Parker Scavo)
In addition to starring as Lynette Scavo's son on Housewives from seasons five through eight, Joshua appeared in the 2008 movie Changeling alongside Angelina Jolie!
Darcy Rose Byrnes
Darcy Rose Byrnes (Penny Scavo)
The actress — who portrayed Tom and Lynette Scavo's daughter in the show's final two seasons — now voices the Disney Channel animated character Princess Amber on Sofia the First.
Rachel Fox (Kayla Huntington Scavo)
Though Rachel — who portrayed Tom Scavo's illegitimate child who later moves in with the Scavo family — is most known for her role on Desperate Housewives, the actress has also starred on TV shows iCarly, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Melissa & Joey.
Shawn Pyfrom (Andrew Van de Kamp)
The actor — who recently admitted he's struggled with drug and alcohol addictions in the past — now voices Lionel Griff on the animated Disney show Stanley. He played Bree Van de Kamp's son from 2004 until 2012 on Desperate Housewives.
Joy Lauren (Danielle Van de Kamp)
In addition to Desperate Housewives — on which the actress portrayed Bree Van de Kamp's daughter — Joy's acting credits include Private Practice, The Closer and Still Standing.
Sam Page (Sam Allen)
Sam played Rex Van de Kamp's son and Bree Van de Camp's stepson on the show. Since Desperate Housewives, the actor has appeared in movies Valediction, 1915 and Selfless.
Daniella Baltodano (Celia Solis)
Daniella began her acting career at age four playing Gabrielle and Carlos Solis' youngest daughter on Desperate Housewives. In 2014, she appeared on the TV show Shameless.
Cecilia Balagot (Grace Sanchez)
On Housewives, Cecilia starred as Gabrielle and Carlos Solis' biological daughter who was switched at birth with the daughter they raised, Juanita. She has most recently appeared on several episodes of Girl Meets World.
Maiara Walsh (Ana Solis)
Maiara is most known for her TV roles on Cory in the House, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Vampire Diaries, Switched at Birth and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The actress played Carlos Solis' self-centered niece who later moves in with the Solis family on Wisteria Lane.
Stephen Lunsford (Travers McLain)
The actor — who portrayed the son of Edie Brit and her first husband Charles McLain on the show — is most recognized for his roles on Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight, Private Practice and Teen Wolf.
Lyndsy Fonseca (Dylan Mayfair)
Lyndsy portrayed Colleen Carlton on the soap opera The Young and the Restless from 2001 until 2005 and played Ted's daughter on How I Met Your Mother from 2005 until 2014. On Housewives, she starred as a young girl whom Katherine and Adam Mayfair adopted to replace their daughter, Dylan, who was accidentally killed by her parents.
Beau Mirchoff (Danny Bolen)
Though he is best known for his starring role as Matty McKibben on the MTV series Awkward, Beau previously starred as Angie and Nick Bolen's son — who later dated Gabrielle and Carlos Solis' live-in niece, Ana Solis — for the final two seasons of Desperate Housewives.
Mehcad Brooks (Matthew Applewhite)
Mehcad played housewife Betty Applewhite's son on Housewives for 23 episodes from 2005 until 2006. Since then, he has starred on TV shows True Blood and Necessary Roughness.
NaShawn Kearse (Caleb Applewhite)
The actor — who played Betty Applewhite's mentally disabled son who secretly lived in their home's basement — is most recognized for his guest star roles on Entourage and The Shield.
Desperate Housewives Kids