Little Ronnie From Role Models Is Now 22 And Has A Whole New Career

While it's not news to anyone that child stars inevitably grow up, it's still always a little bit weird to see someone you're used to seeing on screen as a kid years later as an adult, isn't it?

For example, remember the precocious, foul-mouthed Ronnie Shields from Role Models, which also starred Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott, and was released all the way back in 2008? Here he is, in case you need me to jog your memory.

Ronnie was played by Bobb'e J Thompson, who also played Stanley in hit Nickelodeon show That's So Raven, from 2004 to 2006.

And, naturally, in the 10 years since the he hit the big screen, Thompson's done some growing up and has also branched out in career.

 Bobb'e J Thompson starred in Role Models when he was just a kid. Credit: Instagram
Bobb'e J Thompson starred in Role Models when he was just a kid. Credit: Instagram

As well as acting Thompson is now a rapper, with a link to his soundcloud in his Instagram bio, and has appeared on the improv comedy show Wild 'N Out.

The former child star got his first taste of fame when he was just five-years old and appeared on Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge, where he performed Bow Wow (That's My Name) and quickly won over audiences.

Thompson, now 22, clearly got a taste for both fame and rapping, as he regularly shares photos and videos of himself to his Instagram account where he can be seen in the studio, working hard on his rap career.

On the other side of the coin,Thompson's Role Models co-star Rudd doesn't seem to have aged a day. At 49-years-old Rudd still looks as youthful as he did when he starred in Clueless back in 1995, before Thompson was even born.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show a couple of years back, the host was quick to point out Rudd's weird age-defying looks, saying: "Honestly, it is weird. You don't seem to age."


Prompting Rudd to shoot back: "I feel awful on the inside."

But if you're now wondering what Rudd actually looked like when he was young, then feast your eyes on this:

Paul Rudd used to sport a lovely, full head of hair. Credit: BBC
Paul Rudd used to sport a lovely, full head of hair. Credit: BBC

Taken while he was at uni, Rudd told Norton: "I remember taking that picture and I worked on my hair - I worked on that.

"I was greatly inspired by Michael Hutchence, who was my hero at the time, and I think I tried to blow it dry and it came off looking a little more Bon Jovi than I anticipated."

Strong look, mate.

Featured Image Credit: Universal Pictures

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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