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Yes, Child Stars Can Turn out All Right

Child actors get a bad rap, and it’s certainly deserved to a certain extent. Consider, as Exhibit A, the rehab regular Lindsay Lohan. Or as exhibit B, driving maniac Amanda Bynes.

Yet let’s not have a few bad apples poison the barrel, because here’s a reality check: Many child stars turn out perfectly all right. And we’ve got plenty of proof, as E! Online makes clear in a recent story.

For instance: Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake both started out in The Mickey Mouse Club, and have since grown up to win numerous awards.

A few other notable examples:

Ryan Gosling got his big break at age 12 on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club before making women swoon in movies like The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Hilary Duff started out on the Disney Channel and got her first big break at 11 in Casper Meets Wendy. She dated NHL player Mike Comrie until the two wed in 2010 and gave birth to a child in 2012.

Jodie Foster started acting at the young age of 7 and was nominated for an Academy Award by 14. She graduated from Yale and had two kids.

Natalie Portman made her movie debut at 12, then graduated from Harvard and is also a happily married mom.

Child actors who turn out fine might not make for great Perez Hilton fun-poking fodder, but we think it’s worth reminding everyone that living in the spotlight of Hollywood doesn’t necessarily mess up kids. Parents do, remember?

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