When Malcolm in the Middle first aired in January 2000, the world was a very different place. John Howard was prime minister, Sydney was hosting the Olympics, and many of the faces who are now well-known in Hollywood were only just beginning their careers.
A number of those faces appeared in the family sitcom – as guest stars or in recurring roles.
Here are some of the most well-known people who you completely forgot were in Malcolm in the Middle.
Starring as the manipulative babysitter, Jessica, Hayden Panettiere appeared on Malcolm in the Middle between 2003-2005. She was hired by Hal when Lois was gone, and while she always clashed with Reese and Dewey, she had a love-hate relationship with Malcolm.
In 2007, Emma Stone appeared in one episode in Malcolm in the Middle’s final season. She played ‘Diane’, one girl in a group who bully Reese. Lois decides she’s going to avenge her son’s bullies, so personally targets them.
There is a glorious scene where Lois tears the heads off Diane’s dolls and hides them in her locker for her to find.
In 2001, Dakota Fanning played a seven-year-old girl who stared at Reese and then bit him when he asked what she was looking at.
In 2002, Susan Sarandon played Meg, a co-worker of Hal's. Lois gets stuck in a seemingly never-ending conversation with her about her husband and his poor communication, while simultaneously trying to stop Dewey from eating lollies because they make him go crazy.
In 2002, Klum appeared as a toothless hockey player in an episode where Francis joins an all girls hockey team.