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Pretty Babies: Would You Let Your Child Film an Adult Scene?

Brooke Shields shocked audiences back in 1978 when the 12-year-old's fleshy portrayal of a child prostitute in Pretty Baby hit the silver screen. But more shocking was the fact that her momager negotiated the deal.

Controversy again erupted back in the mid-nineties when 11-year-old Kirsten Dunst shared an on screen kiss with much older actor, Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.

And more recently, Hollywood cutie, Dakota Fanning has been the subject of discussion after sexual scenes from her indie flick Hounddog hit the big screen at film festivals. Including one sequence where the rape of the then 12-year-old actress was implied.

As a mother where would you draw the line between work and what's appropriate?


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HipMom HipMom 9 years
I don't think rooke Shields is "fine" - she's a it of a weirdo if you ask me.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
It reallyt depends on thier maturity and thier parents
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I think that as serious actors; these kids should be able to do serious roles. Dakota Fanning isn't in that movie for a one time payout. This is her career.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
What about Natalie Portman then? She had some weird scenes in The Professional as a child and today she is a Harvard graduate and a stellar example of a grounded, lovely human being. Brooke Sheilds and Jodie Foster both played a child prostitutes, and they are both fine. I think the whole child star=adult problems thing is completely overblown.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Not my idea of childhood. In fact I feel uncomfortable with scenes like that in movies. Poor Kirsten is having issues in her personal life right now, and I wonder what Dakota will be like when she hits her 20's. All child stars grew up with issues. The only one that I can think of that is a grounded human being is Shirley Temple, but she was a child star so long ago when Hollywood was very different and treated children like children.
Neural Neural 9 years
Not okay for my babe.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 9 years
that's inappropriate
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
I think it depends on the scene, the way it is filmed, and the actress herself. Lets face it...there are terrible things happening to young children every day. It is a part of the world and movies and books are being made about these things. Getting the stories told is important IMO. But, it would definitely depend on the way the scene was filmed and the details needed to make it look genuine. I am not very uptight about those things. Pretty open.
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
it disturbs me a bit to see a such a young person playing such an adult role.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Wow, people are really freaked out by this. I would have been cool with it when I was 12. If my daughter walked that road I might let her, too. I'm not that uptight in general though.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
No way! My baby girl would not be smooching or acting out ugly "adult" scenes for any amount of money.
techkim techkim 9 years
No way. Its a parents responsibility to protect their child not just get rich. Its not like child actors don't grow up and do some wacked moving to prove they aren't children any more (harry potty guy for instants).
janneth janneth 9 years
Pathetic to use your pre-teen child like that. And anyway, there are plenty of "older" actresses who would look way young enough to play those roles.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I have two daughters and honestly I would NOT feel comfortable letting either of them do any sexual scenes at 12, no way. Let other parents pimp their children out to the movie industry.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I think it really depends on the scene and the maturity of the child. There are a lot of factors that could play into it: How long has the child been acting? Do they feel comfortable with the costar? etc... Also, are the movies that are listed above rated R? PG-13? I just think it would be weird that a child is acting out a scene that most other kids his/her age would be able to see. Also... are there any incidents like this where it was a male child that was the center of controversy? I'm just curious...
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
I say - no not right at all!
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I think it depends on the child - maturity level, experience - and the scene and how it is filmed... I really doubt Dakota Fanning (or Jody Foster) was so immature as to be scarred by what she did - each was in movies her whole life, neither was just a kid on screen thinking it is real, and the acting out of terror was not showing any more fear than any of the other roles that are horror or whatever. Dakota is the go-to kid for stressed, crying legitimately scared kid acting. I doubt this acting was sexual to her, she wasn't actually touched in any way or violated, I think it is just another movie to her...
KittensRkute KittensRkute 9 years
the one on the right is cute!
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
at 12 they aren't mature enough to even decide if they should take a role. that's the responsibility of the adult in their life. NO.
nashia nashia 9 years
This may sound silly, but I really do think that if the child is mature enough to know what the scene involves, then they should be able to do it.
elaine elaine 9 years
its their "job". if they dont feel comfortable, then they shouldn't take the role.
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