8 Celebrities Who Went Through a Seriously Awkward Phase

Joe Manganiello

Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

updated 12/27/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 12/30/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET

Joe Manganiello had an awkward phase. We have the photo proof.

Many “flawless” celebrities soldiered through an adolescence marked by lanky frames, unruly hair, rebellious teeth and questionable style choices. Just like us.

Awkward Family Photos helped unearth these stars’ endearingly dorky pasts.

The results are not only hilarious, but an ideal reminder that, as the new year starts, we are all capable of impressive transformations. (Looking for more awkward fun? Buy AFP’s book here.)

1. Hilary Duff

Glamour shots: Heavy on the hairspray … a little hit and miss on the glamour.

2. Matthew Lewis

Abraca-dapper! The actor who played Neville in the Harry Potter movies is a true wizard at growing into his looks.

3. Adrian Grenier

Grenier’s middle school entourage evidently cared about two things: deep conditioner and dressing like cater waiters.

4. Chelsea Handler

Leave the accessories, keep the attitude.

5. Simon Cowell

“Mechanic” Cowell’s greatest achievement? Fixing that facial hair.

6. Kristen Stewart

It’s amazing what puberty and a few twinkly vampires can do for your look.

7. Joe Manganiello

If you look closely, beyond Manganiello’s game face, you can see the faint whispers of a mullet ready to party.

8. Matthew Gray Gubler

Criminal Minds star Gubler exhibits how the regal turtleneck has the power to boost or curb one’s appeal. Use it wisely.

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