“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
Ian McKellen on Working with Child Actors and How He Transitioned from a Stage Actor to a Screen Actor
“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.
Acting Coach Michelle Danner has 6 helpful tips on how to prepare your child for an audition.
Hayden Panettiere on Her Acting Dry Spell Between ‘Heroes’ and ‘Nashville’: “It hit me like a ton of bricks”
It’s hard for a teen star to navigate the waters when transitioning to a career…
Brie Larson is an actress on a hot streak in Hollywood. The 23-year-old has grown…
Gaby Hoffmann on Being a Child Actor: “I didn’t have reasons for acting as a kid—I didn’t ask to do it, it just happened to me”
Gaby Hoffmann is another one of those child actors that could have become a certified…
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.”