Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty
Kelli Bender
December 30, 2013 10:00 AM

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

Hilary Duff
Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Justin Campbell/Startraks

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

2. Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis
Warner Bros.; Leon Nealleon Neal/AFP/Getty

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

3. Adrian Grenier

Adrian Grenier
Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Splash News Online

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

4. Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler
Courtesy Chelsea Handler; Jason Merritt/Getty

Leave the accessories, keep the attitude.

5. Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell
Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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

6. Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage; Cooper Neill/Getty

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

7. Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello
Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

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

Matthew Gray Gubler
Courtesy Awkward Family Photos; Donato Sardella/WireImage

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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