Whether they regret their acting careers or just didn't expect them at all, these former child stars never thought their lives would be in the spotlight at such a high level.

For better or worse, these 13 former child actors said they would never have chosen that path, for better or worse.
Miranda Cosgrove,

the star of classic sitcoms like Drake & Josh and iCarly, was found by a talent agent when she was 3 years old and singing and dancing at a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Cosgrove says that when the agent talked to her and her mother, she had never thought of becoming an actress and that she was lucky. 

Milano is known for her roles in Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, and My Name Is Earl. She started out as Annie in the first national tour of that show.

The surprising truth is that her babysitter brought her to the open audition without telling Milano's parents. 
Dawson's acting career happened by chance,

even though she had a small part on Sesame Street when she was a child. Dawson was found when she was 15 years old and sitting on her front porch

by photographer Larry Clark and director Harmony Korine. Then Korine gave Dawson a part in Kids, a controversial movie about growing up, and the rest is history.

Jodie Foster started acting when she was only 3 years old. She is best known for her roles in Taxi Driver and The Silence of the Lambs. Foster's

mother took her to an audition even though she only wanted her brother, Buddy, to go.

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Paul sorvino, an imposing actor whose roles ranged from the mob boss in "Goodfellas" to an early stint on the long-running cop drama "Law & Order,"