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23rd Jun '17 7:10:19 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Trish Walker currently is the radio host of ''Trish Talk'' on WNEX. She used to be the star of the TV show ''It's Patsy!'' which she was pushed into by her abusive mother. A RunningGag in the show is random characters singing a few bars of the theme song when they recognize Trish.
17th Jun '17 11:36:26 AM Jayalaw
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* Zach Callison so far is an aversion. The voice actor for Steven in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', at 19 he's also a recurring character on ''LiveActionTV/JustAddMagic'' and is working on developing a variety show for his [=YouTube=] channel. He is also a NiceGuy that happily meets with fans of the show.
14th Jun '17 6:45:19 PM ectostar
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14th Jun '17 6:22:32 PM ectostar
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10th Jun '17 11:06:15 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart was very much like Michael. [[StageMom His parents, particularly his father Leopold, made him and his sister Maria Anna child prodigies]], but more of his popular works date from his later years.

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* Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart was very much like Michael. [[StageMom His parents, particularly his father Leopold, made him and his sister Maria Anna child prodigies]], but more of his popular works date from his later years.
25th May '17 10:47:05 AM twilicorn
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12th May '17 6:22:01 AM StFan
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No doubt GrowingUpSucks for them...especially if they're [[ContractualPurity treated as though they never did]].

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No doubt GrowingUpSucks for them... especially if they're [[ContractualPurity treated as though they never did]].









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* Onpu Segawa from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' was a wildly popular preteen IdolSinger whose successful career is constantly shown throughout the series. The LightNovel that takes place when the characters are in high school reveal that she now has trouble securing acting roles because she can't break away from her child star image.\\
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Onpu's mother and manager Mio was this close to become a child star, but [[StaircaseTumble suffered an accident]] in an audition [[CareerEndingInjury and couldn't go further]]. That led her to become Onpu's StageMom.

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Onpu Segawa from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' was a wildly popular preteen IdolSinger whose successful career is constantly shown throughout the series. The LightNovel that takes place when the characters are in high school reveal that she now has trouble securing acting roles because she can't break away from her child star image.\\
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Onpu's mother and manager Mio was this close to become a child star, but [[StaircaseTumble suffered an accident]] in an audition [[CareerEndingInjury and couldn't go further]]. That led her to become Onpu's StageMom.



* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' featured a group of former teen superheroes called Excelsior. Most of its members had essentially become the superhero equivalent of this trope, but special mention goes to Julie Power, who tried - and utterly failed - to parlay her status as a former member of ComicBook/PowerPack into an acting career. Happily, she later came out as bisexual, got her act together, became a teaching assistant at ComicBook/AvengersAcademy, and is now dating Karolina Dean. The rest of Excelsior has faded into even further obscurity.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' featured features a group of former teen superheroes called Excelsior. Most of its members had have essentially become the superhero equivalent of this trope, but special mention goes to Julie Power, who tried - -- and utterly failed - -- to parlay her status as a former member of ComicBook/PowerPack into an acting career. Happily, she later came out as bisexual, got her act together, became a teaching assistant at ComicBook/AvengersAcademy, and is now dating Karolina Dean. The rest of Excelsior has faded into even further obscurity.



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* Pictured above is "Baby Jane" Hudson, the title character of the 1962 film ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane''. She was a child star of vaudeville in the 1910s. Decades later, she's a bitter, mentally disturbed alcoholic old woman, who still dresses like a little girl and is unable to accept that nobody even remembers her anymore.
* The David Spade film ''Dickie Roberts: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Former Child Star]]'' is about one of these characters trying to learn about "normal" family life from a typical suburban family in preparation for a role.
* Jaleel "[[Series/FamilyMatters Steve Urkel]]" White played himself in the film ''Film/BigFatLiar'', briefly showcasing his struggles as an adult actor when everyone remembers him as "that Urkel kid".
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' had RealLife Former Child Star Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, although playing a far more dysfunctional version of himself than actually exists. This ironically led to a revival in Harris' career.

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* Pictured above is "Baby Jane" Hudson, the title character of the 1962 film ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane''. She was a child star of vaudeville in the 1910s. Decades later, she's a bitter, mentally disturbed alcoholic old woman, who still dresses like a little girl and is unable to accept that nobody even remembers her anymore.
* The David Spade film ''Dickie Roberts: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Former Child Star]]'' is about one of these characters trying to learn about "normal" family life from a typical suburban family in preparation for a role.
* Jaleel "[[Series/FamilyMatters Steve Urkel]]" White played himself in the film ''Film/BigFatLiar'', briefly showcasing his struggles as an adult actor when everyone remembers him as "that Urkel kid".
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' had RealLife Former Child Star Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, although playing a far more dysfunctional version of himself than actually exists. This ironically led to a revival in Harris' career.
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* Donnie in ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'', a former ChildProdigy on a TV quiz show who fell on hard times.
* ''Life With Mikey'' starred [[Series/FamilyTies Michael J. Fox]] as a former child star turned talent agent. However, in his case, it's even weirder as most of his fame came from him playing a child while he was an adult. These weren't roles he had played since he was a child, his entire career was simply ''NotAllowedToGrowUp''.
* Philip Seymour Hoffman's character in ''Film/AlongCamePolly'' plays with this trope, even featuring a movie poster in the style of ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', and a character meltdown when he tries to direct and play every role in a community theater production.
* The antagonist in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'', Balthazar Bratt, grew up to be obsessed with the character he played on TV in the 80s. As such, he moves and dresses like Creator/MichaelJackson, and his weapons mostly consist of modified 80s items, like exploding Rubik's cubes and wads of bubblegum that can trap whoever steps on them.
* The title character in ''Film/{{Stand-In}}'' (1937) is a former child star who's now struggling to pay the bills as a stand-in for an aging starlet.

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* Donnie in ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'', a former ChildProdigy on a TV quiz show who fell on hard times.
* ''Life With Mikey'' starred [[Series/FamilyTies Michael J. Fox]] as a former child star turned talent agent. However, in his case, it's even weirder as most of his fame came from him playing a child while he was an adult. These weren't roles he had played since he was a child, his entire career was simply ''NotAllowedToGrowUp''.
* Philip Seymour Hoffman's character in ''Film/AlongCamePolly'' plays with this trope, even featuring a movie poster in the style of ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', and a character meltdown when he tries to direct and play every role in a community theater production.
* The antagonist in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe3'', Balthazar Bratt, grew up to be obsessed with the character he played on TV in the 80s. '80s. As such, he moves and dresses like Creator/MichaelJackson, and his weapons mostly consist of modified 80s '80s items, like exploding Rubik's cubes and wads of bubblegum that can trap whoever steps on them.
* The title character in ''Film/{{Stand-In}}'' (1937) is a former child star who's now struggling to pay the bills as a stand-in for an aging starlet.
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* Pictured above is "Baby Jane" Hudson, the title character of the 1962 film ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane''. She was a child star of vaudeville in the 1910s. Decades later, she's a bitter, mentally disturbed alcoholic old woman, who still dresses like a little girl and is unable to accept that nobody even remembers her anymore.
* The David Spade film ''Dickie Roberts: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Former Child Star]]'' is about one of these characters trying to learn about "normal" family life from a typical suburban family in preparation for a role.
* Jaleel "[[Series/FamilyMatters Steve Urkel]]" White played himself in the film ''Film/BigFatLiar'', briefly showcasing his struggles as an adult actor when everyone remembers him as "that Urkel kid".
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' had RealLife Former Child Star Creator/NeilPatrickHarris, although playing a far more dysfunctional version of himself than actually exists. This ironically led to a revival in Harris' career.
* Donnie in ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'', a former ChildProdigy on a TV quiz show who fell on hard times.
* ''Life With Mikey'' starred [[Series/FamilyTies Michael J. Fox]] as a former child star turned talent agent. However, in his case, it's even weirder as most of his fame came from him playing a child while he was an adult. These weren't roles he had played since he was a child, his entire career was simply NotAllowedToGrowUp.
* Philip Seymour Hoffman's character in ''Film/AlongCamePolly'' plays with this trope, even featuring a movie poster in the style of ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'', and a character meltdown when he tries to direct and play every role in a community theater production.
* The title character in ''Film/StandIn'' (1937) is a former child star who's now struggling to pay the bills as a stand-in for an aging starlet.
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* FunnyOrDie's ''[[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c8ad4aa802/wax-on-f-ck-off-with-ralph-macchio Wax On, Fuck Off]]'' is about [[Film/TheKarateKid Ralph Macchio]] trying to ''become'' a Hollywood trainwreck (or at least look like one) in order to gain more roles.

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* FunnyOrDie's WebVideo/FunnyOrDie's ''[[http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c8ad4aa802/wax-on-f-ck-off-with-ralph-macchio Wax On, Fuck Off]]'' is about [[Film/TheKarateKid Ralph Macchio]] trying to ''become'' a Hollywood trainwreck (or at least look like one) in order to gain more roles.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' had a former child star called Babyface trying to pass himself off as MickeyMouse. Apparently, he was [[SmallNameBigEgo so obnoxious]], people have gone on record to say that they [[WouldRatherSuffer would rather dance barefoot on the surface of the Sun]] than work with him again.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' had has a former child star called Babyface trying to pass himself off as MickeyMouse. Apparently, he was [[SmallNameBigEgo so obnoxious]], people have gone on record to say that they [[WouldRatherSuffer would rather dance barefoot on the surface of the Sun]] than work with him again.



* On ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', this happened to Sarah Lynn, the actress who played the youngest daughter on the title character's old show ''Horsin' Around'' (a ''Full House'' clone in its own right). More specifically, a mixture of a pushy mother, bad advice from Bojack (basically, "attention equals love"), and her attempts to establish her own career (by creating a HotterAndSexier image) made her a LoveHungry AttentionWhore. It's not too long before she devolves into the [[DescentIntoAddiction drug addicted]] trainwreck tabloid fodder type. And the worst part is that, in her mind, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity any attention (even the negative type) is better than none at all]].

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* On ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', this ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'':
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happened to Sarah Lynn, the actress who played the youngest daughter on the title character's old show ''Horsin' Around'' (a ''Full House'' clone in its own right). More specifically, a mixture of a pushy mother, bad advice from Bojack (basically, "attention equals love"), and her attempts to establish her own career (by creating a HotterAndSexier image) made her a LoveHungry AttentionWhore. It's not too long before she devolves into the [[DescentIntoAddiction drug addicted]] trainwreck tabloid fodder type. And the worst part is that, in her mind, [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity any attention (even the negative type) is better than none at all]].



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11th May '17 1:41:03 PM freyalorelei
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* The title character in ''Film/{{Stand-In}}'' (1937) is a former child star who's now struggling to pay the bills as a stand-in for an aging starlet.
9th May '17 12:23:33 PM kquinn0830
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* After ''Series/TheSopranos'' finished its run, Robert Iler (A.J. Soprano) did a few bit roles on television but largely retired from acting to become a professional poker player.
30th Apr '17 6:10:04 PM AreYouTyler
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* Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard was a famous child actor in his native Sweden, after being discovered by a friend of his father Creator/StellanSkarsgard. As he entered his teens, he became less and less comfortable with being a public figure, and decided to drop acting. After finishing high school and going through a stint in the Swedish Armed Forces and a semester of college, he rediscovered his passion for acting, went to acting school and began picking up work again. After doing some stage work, a few films in Sweden and a bit part in ''{{Film/Zoolander}}'' he was cast as Brad Colbert in ''Series/GenerationKill'' and the rest is history.

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* Creator/AlexanderSkarsgard was a famous child actor in his native Sweden, after being discovered by a friend of his father Creator/StellanSkarsgard. As he entered his teens, he became less and less comfortable with being a public figure, and decided to drop acting. After finishing high school and going through a stint in the Swedish Armed Forces and a semester of college, he rediscovered his passion for acting, went to acting school and began picking up work again. After doing some stage work, a few films in Sweden and a bit part in ''{{Film/Zoolander}}'' he was cast as Brad Colbert in ''Series/GenerationKill'' and Eric Northman in ''Series/TrueBlood'', and the rest is history.



* Once famous as a child actor in Sweden and the son of a famous actor, Alexander Skarsgård gave up acting for quite a while until returning a decade later and becoming famous for roles on ''Series/TrueBlood'' and ''Series/GenerationKill''.



* Something similar can be said of Creator/WilWheaton and his role as [[CreatorsPet Wesley]]. But he grew up pretty well of it.

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* Something similar can be said of Creator/WilWheaton and his role as [[CreatorsPet Wesley]].Wesley on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. But he grew up pretty well of it.



* Music/JustinBieber started out as a sweet little boy singing songs on Website/YouTube. Then, he blew up and became a superstar. His ego soon followed and he became more known for his drinking, partying and love of strippers/prostitutes than singing. He made a [[CareerResurrection comeback]] in 2015 with the album ''Music/{{Purpose}}'', and only time will tell if he'll stay there for long.

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* Music/JustinBieber started out as a sweet little boy singing songs on Website/YouTube. Then, he blew up and became a superstar. His ego soon followed and he became more known for his drinking, partying and love of strippers/prostitutes than singing. He made a [[CareerResurrection comeback]] in 2015 with the album ''Music/{{Purpose}}'', ''Music/{{Purpose}}'' (with three straight #1 hits), and only time will tell if he'll stay there for long.
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