Following his breakout turn in "The Man Without a Face," Nick continued to work consistently, making the difficult transition from child star to adult actor. He found his footing in critically acclaimed indie films like "Bully" and "In the Bedroom," both released in 2001. Those films established his indie cred, and his role in "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" gave him footing in the action genre.
Off-screen, Stahl attempted to settle down, marrying aspiring singer Rose in June 2009, and the couple welcomed a daughter, Marlo, later that year. He was reported missing by his wife in May 2012, and it was later revealed that he was battling drug and alcohol addictions that would lead to multiple disappearances. In July, Rose announced that Nick was seeking treatment for his substance abuse problems.