It’s no secret that growing up in Hollywood is hard on kids, even if it’s their dream job. Many child stars grow up wishing they had waited to start their careers, while others really wouldn’t change a thing.
Here are 10 former child stars who wish they’d grown up “normal”:
Keke Palmer told The Guardian: “I think being a child artist is Really exploitative, because you don’t even know your limits. And a lot of what you later imagine as a memory is actually a trauma.”
Mary-Kate Olsen told Marie Claire: “I look at old photos of myself and I don’t feel connected to them at all… I never wish my education on anyone…”
Reflecting on a trip home to Toronto after signing his record deal, Justin Bieber told GQ: “I was working so hard as this kid that I got really sad, I missed my friends and I missed normality. And so I and my friend hid my passport. The record label is freaking out, saying, ‘You have to do the This day show next week and can’t find your passport. ‘…But I was going to do anything to be able to be normal at that point.”
Reflecting on the body shaming she was subjected to in the entertainment industry, Raven-Symoné told People, “I wish I was living as a younger person now. I probably wouldn’t have as many mental problems.”
in his memories I’m glad my mom died, Jennette McCurdy explained that acting was never her choice and that her mother made her do it. She wrote: “I started to completely dislike fame when I turned 16, but now, at 21, I despise it.”
Cole Sprouse told the New York Times: “When we talk about child stars going crazy, what we’re not really talking about is how fame is trauma… Now that I’ve been through a second big round of this fame game As an adult, I’ve noticed the same psychological effects that fame has on a group of young adults as I did when I was a kid. I just think people have an easier time hiding it when they’re older.”
Chloë Grace Moretz told Hunger that she first “realized” how famous she really was after walking a red carpet at age 18. experience that just happened. I felt really bad after that. There was a completely jarring change in my consciousness. I wondered who I was.”
Christy Carlson Romano told BuzzFeed News that when she got her even stevens role, she was devastated because she did not want to leave the life she had built for herself in Connecticut. She said: “I’ve never really unpacked what that must have felt like, but I know it was very traumatic.”
At Cannes Lions, Demi Lovato said: “I wouldn’t start so young if I could do it all over again. I don’t regret a thing, but it was hard to go from being a child star to becoming a mainstream artist. It’s something that’s very challenging.”
In an essay for People, Alyson Stoner wrote, “While traversing world-famous extreme peaks and valleys, hidden medical hospitalizations, artistic milestones, rapid adulthood, and multi-layered abuse I wish on no one, I narrowly survived childhood.” derailment pipeline. In fact, nothing was designed for me to end up… ‘Normal’. ‘Steady.’ ‘Live.'”
And now, here are nine former child stars who don’t regret their early start in Hollywood:
Alyssa Milano told Us Weekly: “I’m so grateful to be a child star, which has supported my family. It’s not without its challenges, but I don’t think that’s unique to child stardom.”
Selena Gomez told GQ: “I chose this. So, I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Oh my God, poor me, I didn’t have a normal childhood.'” I don’t give a [fuck] about it.”
While taking a lie detector test for Vanity Fair, Hilary Duff said she did not wish to have a “more normal” childhood. She said: “It’s not something I wish I could change, and it doesn’t come up often.”
Aly Michalka told People: “Most child actors don’t have a brother who also experiences the same success at the same time. That gave us [Aly and her sister/bandmate AJ] very normal”.
Seventh sky actress Beverley Mitchell told People: “Because I’ve been able to grow up with so many of these people, and I’m such a big part of their lives, and hearing them talk about watching the show with their grandmother and having conversations, that’s really something special, and I feel like it’s a gift, and I’m so grateful for it. So, yeah, I’m Lucy.”
Speaking about her rise to country music fame at age 13, LeAnn Rimes told People: “I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, but it’s my path, so I accepted it and learned from it. I can really appreciate it in this point, all of that.”
Christina Ricci told People: “I loved working. I loved being a kid who was talented. I loved being good at something. I loved all the positive reinforcement I got every day. I loved being able to use my imagination in a way that really created things. It was amazing to be able to do that so young.”
Miranda Cosgrove told Digital Spy that she was “probably more protected than most just because [her] mom and dad are such an important part of [her] life” and being around her mother in particular “added a lot to a more positive experience.
Ariel Winter was pushed into acting from a very young age by her mother, from whom she emancipated at the age of 17. However, she told the Hollywood Reporter: “As much as I wish I had a better childhood, I wouldn’t change it, because she made me who I am today.”
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