5 Child Actors Gone Bad

Growing up under the spotlight, with a lot of money, fame, attention and a dysfunctional lifestyle, it is no wonder that many child actors have gone bad. They are forced to grow up while lacking the maturity and proper guidance to do so. Some have bloated up ego’s that puts them on the road to a bad fall. They try too hard to become the anti-thesis of their screen persona and the only way they could do that is to act bad. While for some it is a PR game to stay in news and get new roles, for some it has become the sad truth. Here are some child actors who have gone bad and have completely messed up their lives.

Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

1. Amanda Bynes

One look at Amanda now and you are left wondering if the cute little girl from the Amanda show ever existed. She does a different thing each day and makes news. Be it her outrageous piercings, her hairstyle, her clothes or the lack of it, smoking weed , drugs or her obnoxious rants on twitter, she is definitely unstable or it is just an elaborate cry for attention.


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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

2. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan was long the wild child of Hollywood till Amanda Bynes decided to take her spot. Lohan was the cute kid with freckles who played many a memorable character and literally gre up on screen. She eventually lost it with her kleptomania, her heavy drinking, drug addiction and many arrests and rehab programs.


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Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin

3. Macaulay Culkin

Who can forget the adorable, bright, loving and intelligent kid from the Home Alone series? He was everyone’s favorite for a while and he played the part too. But way too much money at a young age and monetary disputes with his parents, the eventual estrangement all took its toll and he became addicted to alcohol and drugs, losing his career and fortune in the process.


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Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore

4. Drew Barrymore

She has long since mended her ways and become a famous movie star and also a mother, but until a few years ago, she too was one of the child actors who went bad. She has admitted to drinking, smoking pot and snorting coke all before she turned 14. If that isn’t bad. But she is one of the successes who has managed to turn around her life.


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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

5. Miley Cyrus

She hasn’t exactly gone bad in the traditional sense. She is not into heavy drugs or alcohol. She has admitted to smoking pot, but the reason she has made this list is because of her radical image makeover. She completely transformed from the cute and bubbly Hannah Montana to the rowdy, rude and at time cringe worthy artist. The latest from her, apart from her hairstyles, crazy tongue antics and twerking is the completely nude video she has made.


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  • Amanda Bynes
  • Lindsay Lohan
  • Macaulay Culkin
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Miley Cyrus

These are just a few of the child actors who have gone bad succumbing to fame fortune and the lure of drugs at a young age.

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