Being a celebrity at a young age has come with a heavy price for so many child celebs. Some have turned into drugs, nervous breakdowns and even in cases, perishing, all in the name of celebrity. Some, however, have managed to avoid the stereotypical fate and have shaped out to be inspirational figures in the society and the world at large. Here are five of them in a random order:
Neil Patrick Harris:
This guy! Where do I start? After playing Doogie Howser, M.D. on Doogie Howser, M.D., Harold and Kumar, Dr. Horrible and How I Met Your Mother, NPH came out and subsequently joined the gay-rights activism. He is a celebrated Emmy Awards winner and is the first openly gay man to host the Academy Awards.
Ah, brainy ladies. Here is another one. After finishing up her role as the precocious heroine of TV’s Blossom in 1995, Bialik largely disappeared from the screen. Behind the screen, she went to UCLA, where she finished her PhD in neuroscience in 2008. She is now known for playing a neurobiologist on The Big Bang Theory, making her one of very few actors who can say that she’s a doctor and plays one on TV.
He really turned his life around. He rose to fame through Home Alone but then began to fade away in the mid-90s. He got estranged from his father, he was hanging out with Michael Jackson, he was getting married at 18 and he really went went down. He returned to public life in 1998 with an appearance in the video for Sonic Youth’s “Sunday”. Later, he appeared in other films and even dated (but broke up with) Mila Kunis and these days, he works on his own terms and according to his taste.
Alyssa is one of the few actors who has been consistent with her career, moving from Who’s the Boss? to Melrose Place to Charmed, with a recurring role on My Name Is Earl and scads of film credits to boot. More to her professional work, she is also well known for her philanthropic work, for many organizations including UNICEF, where she’s been a brand Ambassador since 2003.
He was adorable in Party Monster, Can’t Buy Me Love and Pump Up the Volume. He went on to work on other productions and other than voicing Chris Griffin on Family Guy and other TV and film works, he has devoted himself to Robot Chicken, a stop-motion Adult Swim staple that he co-created.