"I think in some ways the image I presented of myself throughout the years has caused people to have a hard time casting me" - Christina Ricci
What’s the best advice for handling everything that comes with raising a child actor?
"He's going to be a great one. He has that talent — whatever that talent is that really great actors are born with" - Lenny Abrahamson on young actor, Jacob Tremblay
"And I think when I decided to become professional, my only aim, really, was to get better as an actor." - Ian McKellen
"There were a few years here and there that were more stagnant, but in some ways it’s the times when you’re not working that you appreciate work all the more." - Elijah Wood
Although hundreds of boys auditioned for the role of Elliot, Henry Thomas ended up with the role after he cried convincingly in an improvised audition.
Written by Michelle Danner Preparing Your Child for an Audition Preparing for an audition is not entirely dissimilar to preparing for a job interview. While most adults, even if they have never auditioned before, can at least fall back on their job interview experience when considering rules of interaction and etiquette, most children need special preparation to help them interact with the world of adults. Discussion Talk to your child about the audition, especially if the audition is for a commercial or a product. For example, if potato chips are the product being advertised, talk about the kinds of foods ... Read more
It’s hard for a teen star to navigate the waters when transitioning to a career as an adult actor. For Hayden Panettiere, there were a few bumps in the road, but the actress understands that it was all a part of the process. In an interview with HuffPost Entertainment, the 24-year-old ABC star talked about the differences between her Nashville character and her breakthrough role on NBC’s Heroes. “Nashville was perfect timing with the perfect character,” the petite actress said. “Juliette is so not the good girl that I played on Heroes, but she has to put on the facade ... Read more
Brie Larson is an actress on a hot streak in Hollywood. The 23-year-old has grown from a child star on Raising Dad to an artist who is hitting the indie film scene hard. She talked to the NY Times about weathering through the kid actor years without a scandal and how role models are a crucial part of the entertainment industry. Larson shared with the periodical how she avoided the typical tabloid fare of many teen actors. She said, “It’s really, really easy to not be part of any of it. I’ve never been to a Hollywood party [where] there’s ... Read more
Gaby Hoffmann is another one of those child actors that could have become a certified mess, noting that she “started acting at 5 because we had no money, and my mom was like, ‘Put her in a commercial!’” But instead of following down a bad path a la Lindsay Lohan, Hoffmann decided to rededicate herself to acting. Now, she’s starring alongside Michael Cera in the new film, Crystal Fairy. “I had great experiences!” Hoffmann said about her days acting in films like Now and Then and Volcano. “But I didn’t have a reason to be acting. I never thought about ... Read more
History has shown that child actors on film and television often face tremendous "growing pains," with many of them spiraling into drug and alcohol abuse and falling prey (in a variety of terrible ways) to older people that they trust.
It should be a no-brainer, but there were no laws on the books in California that prevented convicted child molesters from working with children in the entertainment industry.
In the last several years Bank of America, one of the largest banks in the United States, has come under fire for a number of its business practices. The latest complaint aimed at Bank of America involves child actors, with the banking giant facing a class action lawsuit for charging child actors' trust accounts with monthly service fees.
Stories of child actors being abused physically and sexually during their careers are unfortunately too common. Even more shocking is the amount of managers, publicists, production assistants, and other behind-the-scenes individuals who inappropriately interact with children as a direct result of being left with them unsupervised. But a bill making its way though the California legislature will lay out precautions to prevent such crimes from happening again.
"If I can make a career for myself after Potter, and it goes well, and is varied and with longevity, then that puts to bed the 'child actors’ argument… If I can do it, in the biggest film franchise of all time, no other child actor who comes after will ever have to answer those same bloody questions.”