25 Famous 2010s Heartthrobs: Then and Now Photos

When people talk about their crushes from the ’90s and ’00s, the hotties of the 2010s are too often ignored. Well, that ends today! The *exact* moment 2010 hit, guys’ bangs got swoopier, everyone was wearing a fedora, and there was an absurd amount of vests and plaid on display. Boy bands made a comeback (you probably picked a side in the great 1D vs. BTR debate of 2011), and the Sprouse twins officially quit Disney. It was truly an era that should be written about in the history books.

Lucky for us, all of our faves have experienced major glow-ups in the years since you were first obsessed. The stars of Teen Wolf are now in-their-30s wolves, Harry Styles is, well, Harry Styles, and we might be hearing the phrase “Oscar nominee Austin Butler” this time next year. So whether you were a teen ripping Justin Bieber posters out of J-14 or a full-grown adult crushing on Channing Tatum back in the day, there’s something for everyone on this list of 2010s heartthrobs then and now. Even better? A few of them are still single… 👀

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Hotter celeb crush material than ever. If Taylor Swift casts you as one of her exes in a music video, you’ve achieved maximum sexiness.

When it comes to teen werewolves, Tyler always ranked a *very* close second behind Taylor Lautner. Sorry, I don’t make the rules!

He’s entering his Bad Boy Tyler phase, and I am HERE for it.

He lit up our worlds like nobody else. Sorry to Louis, Niall, Liam, and Zayn.

To borrow a phrase from Lady Gaga: “Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, showstopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before.”

If you wore studded belts, drew on your Converse with a Sharpie, and listened to a ton of pop punk, you probably had an Avan Jogia phase. Emo king right here.

Still broody as ever, but now he’s a model. Because of course he is…just look at him.

Troy Barnes was the best (and cutest!) character on Community, and you won’t change my mind.

Childish Gambino became Grown Man-ish Gambino right before our very eyes. 😍

High hair, hooded vest, rhyming “swag on you” with “fondue”…peak Bieber Fever era.

He’s since gone from “Boyfriend” to Hailey’s husband. Still the swaggiest in my book.

If you didn’t learn the choreo to “Boyfriend” and never screamed your lungs out at one of their concerts, you haven’t lived.

Still making (really freakin’ catchy) music—and still hot. James, you remain my favorite. *Whispers “call me” into the abyss*

There was a time when Austin was just a Nickelodeon actor-turned-boyfriend of Vanessa Hudgens.

You might have heard that he played Elvis Presley, one of the hottest celebs of all time, in 2022. Talk about a transformation.

If you claim you weren’t jealous of Miley Cyrus for getting to date him, stop lying to yourself.

AND he eats chips?? It’s just not fair, you guys.

When he’s a 10, but has a hair color that will blind you if you look directly at it.

SO much better! Diggin’ the hipster-slash-hippie vibe he’s got going on here.

New Girl wouldn’t be the same without Winnie the Bish. How was he so dorky, yet so adorable, in every episode??

Lamorne has aged like a fine wine. 🍷

You can’t mention New Girl without celebrating Jake Johnson’s Nick Miller, Nick Miller, from the streets of Chicago (sing along if you know the words).

The thick facial hair is giving caveman-chic, and that’s not a bad thing.

Proof that Dave was always the best Franco brother.

Brow game still very, very strong.


Michael B. Jordan: Then

Does anyone else remember the time Michael B. Jordan looked 🔥 in a letterman jacket on a red carpet? No? Just me? Cool.


Michael B. Jordan: Now

Michael B. Jordan was named People‘s Sexiest Man Alive in 2020 for a reason!!

The words “teen heartthrob” personified, basically.


Dylan and Cole Sprouse: Then

The 2010s were pretty Suite for this nerdy-in-a-cute-way duo. Cole’s suspenders and man bun were very…of the fashion era.


Dylan and Cole Sprouse: Now

Can we, as a society, agree to never let Cole touch any sort of blonde hair dye ever again? He looks GOOD. But he might wanna share his razor with Dylan, just sayin’.

David cast a spell on many a Wizards of Waverly Place fan back in the day. 🔮🧙‍💫

You could’ve told me this pic was taken 11 years ago, and I would have believed you. Except now he’s a dad of three, in case you needed to feel ancient today.

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, rocked a fedora better than Harry. Seriously, his hats should have been included in Glee‘s opening credits.

Thankfully, he ditched the fedoras but kept that chiseled jawline.

‘Cause he’s amazing…just the way he is.

Name a more stylish human being. I’ll wait.

I mean…no explanation necessary.

Less hair, yet somehow even more badass.

Raise your hand if you had a crush on Kendrick before he became famous famous. 🙋‍♀️

He’s since changed the music world and the fashion world all at once, no big deal.

He was so hot on Pretty Little Liars, I didn’t even care if he ended up being A.

Still pretty, but at 5′ 10″, he’s not so little. And yes, I did Google his height just to make that joke. You’re welcome.

When you play Spider-Man, your heartthrob status goes up 100 points. 🤷‍♀️

This is Andrew’s “Sexy and I Know It” pose.

*Resists the urge to yell-sing JASON DERUUULO.* But for real, if there was ever a contest for Best Celeb Smile, the singer would win hands down.

That leather jacket is SO tight, and we have another fedora situation on our hands. Yet your teenage self loved everything about it.

Cody is on his way to becoming an Olympic swimmer now. Guess some hot people are just good at everything.

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