In case you’re wondering why Hayden Panettiere has been able to smoothly transition from child star to her current role as Juliette Barnes on Nashville, don’t think it was on accident, ya’ll! It takes hard work to avoid being a hot mess! Hayden is fully aware of the obstacles that have tripped up her fellow young lady actresses like Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, and she recognizes how close she came to falling into those same traps. She’s on the cover of Glamour this month, and she told them in an interview:
“I came up in the Messy Generation. The generation of the disaster child. It’s not that I didn’t go to clubs, have my picture taken. I was 16 years old. I was experimenting just like any kid. But I had friends and family around me to yank me back when I was heading in the wrong direction. The thing that really saved me was that I still had that healthy fear of my parents — I still had a midnight curfew at 18!”
That’s ultimately what it comes down to. Everybody wants to rebel when they’re sixteen, and there’s probably a long period of time when they won’t like their parents. The trick, as a parent (I think) is powering through that and disciplining them anyway. The kid is the kid and the parent is the parent, and the parent has to be the enforcer until the kid’s brain catches up enough to go, “Aha! I shouldn’t huff meth-glue out of this Arby’s bag just because this fancy club promoter said I could!” Which was about the age of twenty-three, in my own experience. The problem is, the parent who pushes their child to be a star when they’re eleven months old is not the same parent who’s likely to hold that child back down the line when their career is taking off and they want to be out every night of the week. I feel like that’s why in cases like Lindsay Lohan, it wasn’t that strange a sight to see Dina out there with her, leaving the club just as sloppy.
“I will never say that I’m perfect; I will never pretend to be perfect. That’s just unrealistic. You’re kind of unexpectedly put in this position of becoming a role model; that’s not something you choose.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you navigate the transition from child star to young adult star, with your only lasting mistake being a misspelled tattoo. Ah, well. Carpay dee em, right, guys?!?
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