Disney Channel actress Alyson Stoner is opening up about her “harrowing” experiences as child star — and proposing strategies for how the entertainment industry can improve its treatment of young performers.
In a People essay published Wednesday, Stoner, now 27, described the struggles she and other child stars faced while working in Hollywood, as well as the “notorious and thriving industrial complex around child entertainers.”
“I narrowly survived the toddler-to-trainwreck pipeline,” Stoner wrote. “In fact, nothing was designed for me to end up… ‘Normal.’ ‘Stable.’ ‘Alive.'”
Stoner starred in the 2003 film “Cheaper by the Dozen” and its 2005 sequel, “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” alongside Hilary Duff and other young stars. She also appeared in Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock” films, which
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