Former Child Stars Dish on Early Life in the Spotlight
During Lindsay Lohan's highly anticipated interview with Oprah on Oprah's Next Chapter, the actress said she "hates" that her name is seen as both an adjective and a verb for child star gone wrong. Recalling the start of her career, she said the trouble started in her late teens. "When I moved to LA after filming Mean Girls, I was 17 or 18. I was around people so I wasn't lonely, and I didn't pay close enough attention to people being around for the wrong reasons," she said, adding, "I was making too much. I wasted so much money; I was living at a hotel, and I had an apartment. I wasn't really being guided."
Between the legal drama surrounding Amanda Bynes and Mara Wilson's recent post about why young actors tend to struggle later in life, there have been several child stars in the news lately. A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson have also shared their experiences growing up in Hollywood, and while some appreciated their career head starts, others have called out its downfalls. See what former child stars have to say about their early years in the spotlight.