It’s no secret that growing up in Hollywood is hard on any kid, 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 9 former child stars who wish they had a “normal” childhood:
Keke Palmer told The Guardian: “I think being a child star is very abusive, because you don’t even know your limits. And many things that you later see as memories are actually traumas.”
Mary-Kate Olsen told Marie Claire: “I look at old photos of myself and I don’t feel any connection to them. … I would never wish my childhood on anyone…”
Reflecting on a trip home to Toronto after signing his record deal, Justin Bieber told GQ: “I worked so hard as a kid that it made me very sad, I missed my friends and I missed normal life. So my friend and I hid my passport. The record label staff went crazy and said, “You have to perform on the talk show.” Today next week and you can’t find your passport…” But I just wanted to do whatever it took to be normal at that time.”
Reflecting on the bodily humiliation 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 memoir I’m Glad My Mom DiedJennette McCurdy explained that she never chose to be an actress, it was something her mother forced her to do. She wrote: “I started to see fame as totally disgusting when I turned 16, but now, at 21, I loathe it.”
Cole Sprouse told the New York Times: “When we talk about child stars losing their sanity, we’re not really talking about why fame is a trauma. … Now that I’ve experienced a second great round of this game of fame as an adult, I’ve noticed the same psychological effects that fame has on some young adults, as I did as a child. 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 was after walking a red carpet at the age of 18. She said: “I walked out of there and I felt very self-loathing and really confused about the experience I had just had. I felt really bad after that. There was this radical, jarring shift in my consciousness. I questioned who I was. me”.
At Cannes Lions, Demi Lovato said: “I wouldn’t start so young if I were born again. I don’t regret anything, but it was hard to become a mainstream artist after being a child star. It’s a very complicated thing.”
In an essay for People, Alyson Stoner wrote: “As we overcome the extreme ups and downs of world fame, hidden hospitalizations, artistic achievements, young adulthood and multiple degrees of abuse, I wish it on no one. I barely survived that artistic environment of child exploitation. In fact, nothing was designed for me to be a person…’ Normal.’ ‘Stable.’ ‘Alive.'”
And now, these are nine former child stars who don’t regret making their Hollywood debut at a young age:
Alyssa Milano told Us Weekly: “I’m so grateful to have been a child star, that was the lifeline for my family. It’s not without its challenges, but I don’t think it’s exclusive to fame at a young age.”
Selena Gomez told GQ, “I chose this. So I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘My God, poor me, I didn’t have a normal childhood.’ I don’t care about that.”
Taking a lie detector test for Vanity Fair, Hilary Duff said she did not wish she had a “more normal” childhood. She said: “It’s not something I wish I could change, and that’s not very common.”
Aly Michalka told People: “Most child actors don’t have a brother who also experiences the same success simultaneously. That allowed us to [a Aly y a AJ, su hermana y compañera de banda] have a very normal life.”
Beverley Mitchell, actress 7th Heaventold People: “Because I’ve been able to grow up with a lot of these people and I’m a very important part of their lives, and to have them tell me that they watched the show with their grandmother and we talk about it, that’s really something special, and I feel that it’s a gift, and I’m very grateful for that. So, yes, I am Lucy.”
Discussing her rise to fame in country music 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 from these heights, in its entirety”.
Christina Ricci told People: “I loved working. I loved being a talented kid. I loved being good at something. I loved all the positive encouragement I got every day. I loved being able to use my imagination in a way you could really create something. It was amazing to be able to do that so young.”
Miranda Cosgrove told Digital Spy that she was probably more sheltered than most simply because her mom and dad are such a big part of her life and being around her mom in particular “helped a lot to make it a more positive experience.”
Ariel Winter was pressured to become an actress 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 that made me who I am today.”
This post was translated from English.