Hollywood has never really been the greatest place for young stars.
While it looks great from the outside with the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jodi Foster, Dakota Fanning, and Emma Watson still landing important roles in various movies, there are many stories of former child stars who look like they’ve been abandoned and left far behind.
The movie industry loves to venerate fresh talents, especially when they come in the form of young souls, although it has also discarded them every now and then.
When the projects are done, Hollywood becomes a negligent place and stops nurturing them on how to become professionals or develop the required wits to stay on radar.
Movie business has an insatiable interest in putting young actors to screen because audience like child stars – thereby more money is flowing in, but unfortunately it does not have the same appetite for looking after them.
People always think child stars will grow to rule the Hollywood someday, but the names on the following list can tell a different story.
10 Justin Bieber
Let us start with an exception here; Justin Bieber is by no means a professional actor.
He is a music artist, but a star nonetheless.
During the peak of his career, everybody knew who he is.
Then people learned how he also taught himself to play various instruments including piano and guitar.
Fans were impressed, until they found out about how the brilliant Canadian kid got arrested on suspicion of drag racing and DUI.
The image of a teenage heartthrob soon changed into a fine example of irresponsible behavior.
9 Amanda Bynes
Before moving to stage productions including The Sound of Music and The Secret Garden, followed by roles on Nickelodeon’s series, Amanda Bynes first had the experience of being in the spotlight from TV commercials in the 1990s.
Fast forward to 2013, the former child star had to spend six months in a rehabilitation facility following an involuntary psychiatric hold, justified by a series of erratic behavior.
Just one year later, she had another run-in with the authority for her second DUI.
8 Macaulay Culkin
Everybody knows who Macaulay Culkin is, but no one has seen him that often these days.
He is best known for playing Kevin McCallister in Home Alone, and being paid $4.5 million in the sequel film, which was released when he was just 12 years old.
Later on Culkin played in several low-rated films, and then disappeared almost entirely.
In 2004, he was arrested for marijuana possession; one year later, he pleaded guilty to the charges of taking medication without prescription.
7 Christina Ricci
One of many good things about Christina Ricci is how the former child star has managed to go through her way to adulthood without addiction or scandal of any sort.
Despite the clean sheet, there was a time when she seemed to simply vanish from Hollywood.
She is best known for portraying Wednesday, the daughter of Gomez and Morticia Addams, and that’s about it.
In 2003, she was supposed to have the chance of making a comeback by portraying Selby, the girlfriend of a serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.
Ricci is both lucky and unlucky because in the movie she plays alongside Charlize Theron, who certainly casts a large shadow on anybody else’s performance.