Updated: 06/08/2018 08:36 AM | First Published: 06/08/2018 08:29 AM

Child Actors who were shrouded by controversy


Where are the Controversial Child Actors?

Remember when Miley Cyrus underwent a complete personality change-- to the dismay of everyone who knew her only as the fun-loving country girl in Hannah Montana? Her fashion and life choices became a subject of Hollywood gossip for years.

There are a plethora of child stars like Miley who started out as innocent acting enigmas but got tangled in some controversy later in life. 

In this list, we look at five most controversial child stars and where they are now.

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Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen became popular with the drama series Gossip Girl by portraying the role of Jenny Humphrey.

In the series, she starts out as an innocent high schooler but acquires a rebellious “It” girl persona later on the show- coincidentally mirroring her real-life transformation. Just like Miley, Momsen’s change of persona turned heads and shocked many. 

The child actress turned rock star currently fronts the band The Pretty Reckless who have toured alongside artists like Evanescence and Marilyn Manson.

Lisa Bonet

A series of bad decisions led to the downfall of child actress Lisa Bonet, best known from NBC’s hit sitcom The Cosby Show.

First, her sex scene with Mickey Rourke in Alan Parker’s X-rated thriller Angel Heart raised many eyebrows. It was followed by a topless photoshoot for Interview magazine and announcement of her pregnancy.

After The Cosby Show, Bonet did not land any major role but has recently appeared in shows like Ray Donovan and New Girl. Bonet got in a relationship with Justice League star Jason Momoa in 2005, and the now married couple lives happily together with their three children. 

Mitchel Musso

A case of a DUI arrest in 2011 led Mitchel Musso to be booted out of his own show “Pair of Kings.”

The child actor, who played the role of Oliver in Hannah Montana, was fired by Disney executives and his career could never bounce back. 

He recently appeared in the 2018 comedy flick, Bachelor Lions. He has a girlfriend Haley Rose of whom he occasionally posts photos on social media.

Amanda Bynes 

Amanda Bynes was Nickelodeon's sweetheart- having landed her own sketch-comedy series, The Amanda Show in 1999. Bynes was only 13 years old at that time, but as early as her success came in, the controversies also crawled in quickly. 

She got entangled in DUI charges, hit and run cases, and her erratic behavior on Twitter led to her being placed on psychiatric holds.

The troubled child star was surprisingly able to turn her life around with the end of probation for her last DUI case  in 2017 and her return back to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel was shrouded in controversy when she posed almost naked in Gear Magazine in 2001. The fact that she was only 17 and the star of 7th Heaven, a wholesome show revolving around a religious family, brewed tensions between her and producer Aaron Spelling.

However, despite her controversy, she returned to the show and even achieved reasonable success on the big screen afterward.

Currently, she is married to popular singer-songwriting Justin Timberlake who tied the knot in 2012. The couple has a son named Silas.Talking about her acting career, her most recent venture was in USA Network’s crime drama series The Sinner- for which she was nominated for “Best Actress-Miniseries or Television Film” in the 78th Golden Globe awards.

In case of Jessica, she did not let one little error in judgment sabotage her entire career. 

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