Celebrities Who Were Child Stars

Former Child Stars Dish on Early Life in the Spotlight

James Van Der Beek

Nineties TV star James Van Der Beek opened up about early fame in a recent interview with Vulture, talking about how life as a young star has changed since his teenage years. Recalling the start of his career on Dawson's Creek and how things have shifted since then, he mentioned the strangeness of fame for a young person, saying, "It’s not something you can ever get any sympathy for, nor should you, and it’s not something you can really explain to someone who hasn’t gone through it."

Between Amanda Bynes entering rehab and Mara Wilson's blog 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.

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