The troubles that face former child stars are well documented. Between financial ruin, drug problems, and early deaths, these former kid actors pop up in the news all too often as money and fame put them in situations they aren't prepared to deal with. But not every former adolescent (or earlier) actor turns to drugs and crime after their days at the top are over. Some try to continue acting by picking mature parts that shed their innocent image in order to be taken seriously in Hollywood.
These plans can either help an actor transition from a child star to a well-respected artist, or they just ruin their reputation and forever taint their careers. This Friday, director Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers will debut in theaters. It stars former Disney mainstays Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens.
These two were icons of childhood when they first broke onto the scene, but Spring Breakers will push them face-first into drugs, sex, and violence.
Before you see Hudgens and Gomez lose their innocence on the big screen, check out our list of The 10 Most Shocking Roles Played by Former Child Stars.