High school is an awkward period in most of our lives. We are given arbitrary labels and nicknames that usually have no correlation to the person we end up becoming. After all, as teenagers, we’re still in the process of finding ourselves and, more often than not, our priorities change.
Most of us have people that we look up to, and our idols can play a significant role in influencing our life choices. But the people we admire weren’t always the brilliant individuals that we’ve come to know and love. In fact, some of them are completely unrecognizable earlier in life.
Hugh Jackman’s stunt double was dubbed “the fat kid” in high school, but he now doubles as one of the world’s most attractive men.
Eddie Davenport has built an incredibly successful career on the back of his physique – working as a model, actor, and a man who seriously puts his body through its paces. But there was a day when he was so self-conscious that he couldn’t bear to stand in front of the camera.
He is pictured below in one of a few photographs that he allowed to be taken in his younger days.
Davenport’s problems with his weight stemmed from the fact that his diet centered around “whatever was cheapest”, even though his mother was working three jobs to support him. Because he was overweight, he was bullied at school.
Looking back on this difficult period in his life the 35-year-old stuntman said that he wishes he could tell his younger self that “[someday], your inside will be reflected on your outside, and you will be exactly who you want to be.”
In an interview with Men’s Health, Davenport said that in high school the girls he wanted to date would often say, “He’s nice and funny, but I don’t want to date the fat kid.” So, when he went to college, he decided to change his life for the better.
“My sister knew I had free time so she asked me, ‘What do you want to do for you?’,” he explained. “And I said, ‘I don’t want to be fat anymore.’”