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Jeremy Allen White's astonishing transformation in then-and-now photos of The Bear star revealed

The Bear actor formerly broke out of Shameless

Bryony Gooch
US Writer
Updated: July 9, 2024
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Jeremy Allen White is finally getting his recognition as a heartthrob as he plays neurotic chef Carmen Berzatto in The Bear. 

His career has truly rocketed from one success to the next, as he starred in The Iron Claw with Zac Efron, and is set to play Bruce Springsteen in an upcoming biopic.

He's come a long way from the start of his career, in which he played a teenage Phillip "Lip" Gallagher in the comedy-drama series Shameless - and throwback photos show just how much he's changed.

Back in 2011, just as Shameless piloted on Showtime, a then 20-year-old Jeremy looked completely different, with his curly hair long and dark on top of his head. 

The fresh-faced actor had a slim physique, alluding to his background as a dancer with experience in ballet, jazz, and tap dance.

Jeremy Allen White in The Bear
Jeremy Allen White in The Bear

As he donned a casual denim shirt and skinny jeans, he had a shy smile as he looked at the camera while attending the Shameless screening at the Los Angeles Times' primetime Emmy screening. 

He was joined by co-stars Emmy Rossum and Justin Chatwin for the moment.

Actor Jeremy Allen White attends the "Shameless" screening at Los Angeles Times' 3rd annual The Envelope primetime Emmy screening series at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on June 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.© Jason LaVeris
Jeremy Allen White in 2011

Nowadays, aged 33, Jeremy has sauntered naturally into the leading man role with his defined curly hair and pronounced cheekbones. 

The star has bulked up, arguably a side effect of his role in wrestling film The Iron Claw, which led to him breaking the internet with his Calvin Klein campaign that showed off his impressive physique. 

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At the time. his co-star, Zac Efron, talked about Jeremy's commitment to bulking up to play a wrestler and told GQ: “Jeremy is the [expletive] man,. His presence is electric on and off camera. 

He motivated me to take the role as seriously as possible; we pushed each other to be better both on and off set.”

Jeremy Allen White arrives at the Paley Center's opening of "Television: Out Of The Box" in 2012© Getty Images
Jeremy Allen White arrives at the Paley Center's opening of "Television: Out Of The Box" in 2012

The star may have a completely new look - his athletic build complete with tattoos - but his bright blue eyes remain the same as they did right at the start of his career.

Jeremy Allen White strips down after his workout on the beach in Malibu. He finished with a cigarette after a refreshing jump in the water and even the seagulls wanted to get close to what he was cooking up! Jeremy is seen splashing in the waves in blue swim trunks showing off his ultra fit physique ahead of season 3 premiere of his hit show 'The Bear'. He dried off with a towel and smoke before returning to his car to pack up his beach day.© AKGS
Jeremy Allen White at the beach in 2024

A lot more has changed in the 13 years since that initial photo at the Emmy screening was taken. Jeremy has not only made major milestones in his career - winning nine awards for The Bear alone, but he's had major changes in his personal life.

US actor Jeremy Allen White and his wife actress Addison Timlin arrive to the Los Angeles premiere of  FX's "The Bear" held at Goya Studios on June 20, 2022 in Los Angeles, California© MICHAEL TRAN
Jeremy and his ex-wife actress Addison Timlin

Jeremy stayed with his longtime girlfriend Addison Timlin, whom he met in 2008, and they tied the knot in 2019. 

Together, they share two daughters, born October 2018 and December 2020. 

Rosalia is seen in Tribeca on April 30, 2024 in New York City.© Gotham
Rosalia is dating Jeremy

However, they split up in 2023, and Addison has filed for divorce. 

Later that year, he would enter a relationship with Spanish songstress Rosalía. 

Jeremy Allen White and Addison share two daughters© Instagram
Jeremy and Addison share two daughters

The couple have since been spotted at the farmer's market together, holding hands around Los Angeles, although neither of them have commented on their relationship.

He would describe 2023 in a GQ interview as "insane", adding it was: "A lot of high highs, a lot of terribly low lows."

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