Imagine being a child again. You want nothing more than to get famous. Be a big movie star. Get rich. Have paparazzi follow you and snap pictures of you for the next morning’s newspapers. It’s all so glamorous. But what happens when it all comes true, huh? It’s not all quite as good as you once imagined. In fact, the harsh realities turn out to be a grim wake-up call. Being famous is hard. And before you know it? You’ve gone crazy, partying and drinking and not turning up on set. Hey, it happens. And we can prove it. Here are fifteen child stars who went off the rails…
Cute lovely Zac Efron was a child star due to his appearances in the High School Musical movies. And now? A bona fide bankable movie star. But there was a point in his career where he went off the rails properly and got into cocaine and all sorts. A lot of people put his brief foray into the world of drugs down to his equally brief friendship with degenerate music star Marilyn Manson.
Remember when Shia LeBeouf was just a cheeky little scamp? A young kid with the world at his feet? Well, to a certain extent, he still is. He hasn’t fully thrown his career away, but he’s certainly come close on a number of occasions. Bizarre rants, weird freestyle rap videos, turning up to movie premieres with a brown paper bag on his head? Keep an eye on him, things will only get weirder…
Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes was the cute little girl that could do no wrong for many a year. And apparently she’s ‘normal’ again now, but last year she had a total meltdown and friends, family and fans were all worried about her mental well-being. So bad was it that at one point her parents contacted the police after she threatened to have them killed…
We all know about the various craziness that’s been going on with Justin Bieber, don’t we? He was such a good boy back when he had a fringe. But now he’s a ‘man’? With his spiky-up hair? He’s a real rebel, a proper tearaway. Frequent arrests (with ridiculous mug shots, see above) were plastered all over the tabloids and magazines and on websites. And it shows little signs of calming down. Did you SEE those nudey snaps recently released? Sheesh.
Now we don’t mean to be rude, but was Gary Coleman technically ever a child star? Or did he just, you know, look like one? Known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff’rent Strokes, the diminutive actor led, at times, a pretty chaotic life off set. Many say that his untimely demise back in 2010 was brought on by his hectic lifestyle.
Drew Barrymore is still a big star now, even if half the movies she appears in are terrible Adam Sandler comedies. Barrymore she broke through very young in Steven Spielberg’s ET. But in between now and then? She had a big spell of craziness in her early adolescence. Her teenage years were dominated by drink and drugs and generally rebellious behavior. She’s calmed down since then, though…
Screech from Saved By The Bell, otherwise known as Dustin Diamond in real life, is a strange man. As a kid, he was cute and had the word at his feet. As a grown man, he’s well, a bit scummy, really. Sordid sex tapes and an arrest for STABBING someone, no less, blot his copybook. Badly. He went properly off the rails. And we’re not entirely sure that he’s got back on them.
The ultimate good girl gone bad. If there’s a child star who has gone from sweet and innocent to crazy as quickly as Miley Cyrus, we’d like to know about it. The former Hannah Montana star used to be the safe little pop star that young girls could look up to and try and emulate. Now? She’s a weirdo whose permanently naked and vying for our attention. It’s all a bit weird, really.
Sweet and innocent as a lil’ kid on shows such as Camp Rock and Barney & Friends, since then it’s been a rocky road for Demi Lovato. A stint on the judging panel next to Simon Cowell on The X Factor lines up on her resume alongside a history of self-harm, eating disorders, depression, alcoholism and wild child behavior. But things are looking up again for the pop star. And we’re glad to hear it.
Corey Feldman was one of the biggest names in the eighties. Bakc then family films were all the rage and youngsters like him and his pal Corey Haim were in demand. But since those days faded, Feldman found himself increasingly irrelevant in Hollywood and went a little crazy on drink and drugs. He alleges that child abuse from some of Hollywood’s elite have contributed to his problems.
Britney Spears, not too many years ago, was the most famous woman on the planet. Now? She’s growing old gracefully. But for a while? Around the now infamous head shaving time, she had gone fully off the rails. Pills and pressure combining to send the pop star in meltdown. A bizarre brush with multiple personality disorder can’t be ignored as a contributory factor, either.
A kid with the world at his feet, Joaquin Phoenix’s brother River looked all set for true super-stardom. Until he was struck down by a drugs overdose at Johnny Depp’s LA nightclub The Viper Rooms, that is. Many people point to the Phoenix’s very bizarre hippy cult upbringing as to why River went so off the rails at such an early age.
It’s almost crazy to think that those two people thee are the same person, really. Lindsay Lohan is almost an entirely different person now from her Parent Trap, Freak Friday and Mean Girls days. She’s getting things back on track now with a stint acting in plays at London’s West End, but we’ll never forget her crazy days or boozing and getting arrested almost every day!
Edward Furlong was almost like a young James Dean in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Mean, moody and a top actor, his career stumbled somewhat afterwards and he fell into a pit of despair and rebelled. Frequent arrests and falling outs on movie sets put paid to a promising career. Although he has made some decent indie films in recent years.
When George Lucas was looking for a young Anakin Skywalker for his Star Wars prequels, he finally settled on young child actor, Jake Lloyd. His casting instantly made him one fo the world’s most fmaous children. But since then? All downhill. A couple of years ago he was arrested for reckless driving, driving without a license, and resisting arrest.