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Why Are Young Starlets So Eager To Debase Themselves?

By Agent Bedhead | Comment Diversions | March 13, 2013 | Comments ()


Yesterday, Dustin's Spring Breakers review pretty much confirmed what I suspected -- that this film is merely a sexploitation flick that Harmony Korine created as a means to put two former Disney starlets, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, in bikinis and convince them to do unspeakable things like get freaky with James Franco in a hot tub even though his character, Alien, is clearly not a good choice of men with whom to swap spit. And of course, Korine tries and fails to ascribe a higher meaning to his latest piece of work, but because the movie features Franco deep-throating loaded pistols, we're supposed to explain this movie away as "art."


Meanwhile, I find myself nearly overjoyed that this movie will finally receive a limited release this weekend because that means this round of "starlets attempting to be taken seriously as actresses by showing tits and ass" will soon come to a merciful end. Is anyone else legitimately disturbed by this continuing trend and failure to learn from the mistakes of starlets past? It's like Showgirls all over again. I remember watching MTV (back when it was a real channel) and wondering why Elizabeth Berkley was so enthusiastically promoting that movie, which surely wouldn't do anything to move her past her "Saved by the Bell" shtick. Yet she appeared to genuinely believe her raunchy, Vegas stripper role would elevate her to Oscar-level roles in the future.


It's a heartbreaking phenomenon that repeats itself over and over again. Jessica Biel in Powder Blue is merely one recent example of a starlet attempting to work herself out of a career rut by taking it all off. Kristen Stewart also starred in Welcome to the Rileys as part of an early attempt to distance herself from the Twilight franchise. Neither one of these attempts were successful, and now Gomez of Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place" and Hudgens of the High School Musical trilogy are attempting the same sort of maneuver. True, they're not exactly playing strippers, but they are taking off most of their clothing, wielding guns, and writhing all over the place.

Where are these actresses' agents in all of this, and why do they allow them to sign onto such obvious clunkers? Part of me has wondered whether or not these actresses truly realize what they're getting themselves into as a matter of course. They often universally speak of wanting to earn acting cred with these skin-bearing roles, but is it honestly part of their game as well? Sort of like the real-life strippers who (allegedly) claim to be putting themselves through grad school. Because it's hard to believe that even very young adults are gullible enough to believe the words coming out of their own mouths. For example, Gomez has articulated her sole reason for signing onto this movie: "I want to be taking myself more seriously as an actress." Hudgens has followed suit: "I want people to look at me not as that girl from High School Musical, but as an actress they admire." Really?


Thank goodness that my daughter, who enjoyed the HSM movies and really digs Selena Gomez (who still remains the lone survivor of recent Disney alumni without any nude photo, drug, or eating disorder scandals) hasn't realized the existence of Spring Breakers (hey, I may let her watch some violent, R-rated movies, but one has to draw the line somewhere).

Anyway, here is my question for you: Does this trend of starlets playing strippers or otherwise sexually aggressive roles disturb you in any way, or it just silly? Dudes, are you drawn into these types of movies, or would you just prefer to get your pr0n from the internet?

Agent Bedhead lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She and her little black heart can be found at Celebitchy.

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  • babykangarootribbiani

    one nitpick: to my knowledge, hilary duff never had any nude photo, drug induced, eating disorder scandals, cause she;s my favorite disney actress because she;s as a good a role model today as she was when she was fourteen. (if hilary duff has done something scandalous, please shatter my illusions and share it).

  • BlackRabbit

    Hey, did you hear about that Havoc movie with...I think it was Natalie Portman?

  • Andy

    If you want to see a good transition between Disney star and respected adult actress just look at Hathaway.

    She started off with the Princess movies, and while she was doing those she did these really underground movies that no one saw that really allowed her to be wild, but no one saw them. I am talking about Havoc.

    These girls are trying to show that they are now adult, but they not yet at that point. There is no adult role for people of that age, they still have to play high schoolers and college students, who are not adults, at least as the media portrays them.

    At this point all they can do is the child or teenager movies.Today the teenager movie is just sex, booze, drugs, and no consequences. If they could find a truly independent film, one that they won't get paid much, or will even really be seen, that is where they should do this sort of behavior, not in a wildly published movie.

  • Ed

    Jesus. It's just boobs.

  • yocean

    There are a threw of actors who thinks being naked on camera is a step that will take their "acting" to next level, and be taken seriously. Worked for some, but those people could actually act. SO i am guessing some from this movie will come out with what they wanted but I doubt it will be Vanessa Hudgens, or Selena Gomez (to lesser degree). i think the ones that will come out of this with serious acting career would be other two who's name I would probably come to remember.

    That being said, I would probably watch it for skin factor, too, but not just for that. I mean, sure, you can get subscription on a threw of celebrity nude websites but I do enjoy watching movies. I never really cared for Gummo or Kids but maybe I would like this one?

  • I've been thinking about it, and it seems like the equivalent for boys is lose the cuteness, then just get hardcore into drugs or booze. Either that or just fade away into obscurity, and maybe come back a few years later.

    The boys lose the cuteness. The girls try really hard to turn it into sexyness.

  • E-Money

    As long as everyone agrees they shouldn't become pop stars - I do not care what they do on film.

  • ElvisCostelegram

    It worked for Anne Hathaway.

  • John G.

    Well, doesn't it work? Disney actresses need to separate themselves not just from their previous roles, but from the universe of family entertainment and its concept of purity that is so bleached of anything edgy or potentially offensive. The quickest, easiest way to do that is with sex. Hayley Mills did it 40 years ago. Images of these girls in bikinis has been all over the internet for a long time now. They wouldn't be if they were playing Amish girls or some other fully-clad role. Even Harry Potter went full-nude immediately after, because you have to make a complete break with family entertainment, or you get crushed in the transition from silly, goofy, sexless, childhood entertainment into adult roles. No, it doesn't always work, and many don't make it, but that's true of most child stars no matter what they do. It's totally unfair, but it's a brutal industry.

  • Jan

    I agree but understanding what the author has written here requires critical thinking and independence of thought. Most of the media coverage of women (media coverage translated into marketability) is on women's sexuality, what a woman is wearing and how much skin she is showing.

    On many "credible" news sites, the only coverage of women is sexy poses and breast and crotch shots of Dallas Cheerleaders or other vacuous bimbos. Women and girls are conditioned to believe that power and prestige can be obtained through sex and being sexy.

    I have seen adult women show up at professional events and jobs with their breasts hanging out. Are they any different. I often wonder what goes through their minds. I feel embarrassed being around them as a woman and embarrassed for the men who have to be subjected to their brazen, desperate sexuality Respect s the last thought that comes to mind.

    Yet publicly how often do men speak of a woman's heart, mind, soul, or character. All they can see is T and A as they seek more visuals of scantily clad women.
    if you lived for attention and were raised with weak parents in a world that worshipped female sexuality, where rich aging, middle aged men fixated on and married girls 30 years their junior, how do you think you'd turn out?

  • Don Juan de Markup

    You ignore the many times it has been incredibly successful. Hathaway ditched the Princess schtick by getting naked in a variety of movies the first of which was Havoc, a low rent movie by any standard but she got naked again in Brokeback Mountain and has been A list ever since and picked up an Oscar last month. Jennifer Connelly got rid of her child actor aura going down on all fours in the Hotspot in the greatest nude scene in cinematic history and her double Ds didn't hurt either and she has an Oscar too. Angelina Jolie has an impressive body of work featuring her impressive body but Gia took her off the D list with a tour de forcing her breasts through a chain link fence and also has an Oscar for later work.

    Seth McFarlane musically reminded us how many times we'd seen Kate Winslet naked and she pissed on screen long before anybody knew Fassbender's name and she has an Oscar. They do it because it works.

  • See, I think in those cases the answer is that those women had talent backing up the nudity. Like I said above, not everyone can be Anne Hathaway, but you know that Selena Gomez and Hudgens have their agents insisting that they are special, that they are talented, and this'll get someone to notice you! They have examples of the handful of times its works, and when you're an 18 year who's spent your entire life being told how special you are...you'll believe it this time, too.

    And it works for...maybe 1 out of 10 starlets? If that many? All those actresses are insanely talented and in that case the gamble paid off. How many times does it fail miserably? I mean, there's a chance that Selena Gomez is the next Kate Winslet but...somehow I doubt it.

  • Don Juan de Markup

    Of course you have to have talent but look at venerable Oscar winners who are still working in their 60s and 70s like Helen Mirren, Judy Dench and Jane Fonda who all have Oscars and look great naked. You won't get cast if nobody remembers you and no better way of being remembered than to have a stunning body and be naked. I doubt that it's a coincidence you can find fantastic nudes of those 3 grande dames of cinema stretching back 4 or 5 decades. The fact of the matter is that more of the currently living female Oscar winnners are going to have nude roles in their filmographies than not. You can name a few never nude club members like Meryl Streep but there are far more nude and fantastic like I've named.

  • Jezzer

    You're expecting us to believe that Harmony Korine made a trashy movie and tried to justify it in an artsy, pretentious, self-indulgent manner? I'm calling bullshit here. James Franco would never take part in pretentious douchebaggery.

  • logan

    Why ask why? if attractive young women want to take their clothes off of their own free will who are we to question their motives? This is America the land of the free to make bad choices!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I feel like this is an understandable move. Not one I'm excited about, but the majority of people consider sexy to be more interesting - and part of a more interesting character - than goodie-goodie. And this is a clear adult move.

    There are no stories of goodie-goodie boys - only loser nerd-virgins.

  • Nicolae

    I find it more disturbing that there are people who actually believe any of this is real life, and the way they should behave. I get it with people in the movie business. If you ask the girls on set why they're taking off their clothes even as extras, it's to show what they're willing to do for that next "big" offer. There's more money in the nudity, and, to be honest, most agents are only worried about their cuts. You would think it was silly, but ask any of the people who are trying to become that next great actress why they are doing this, and they can reference every movie and the actress that lost her clothes along the way before she finally did get the role that put her on the map. Hell, even the ones who tell the girls not to continue this trend are the ones who have done it.

    Like I said, I'm more concerned for those who grow up believing they must wear skirts which are too short, and constantly flash their chests because they think that's what all of the kids are doing. After all, it's all over the television and the movies, right? Hell, they think you're crazy when you tell them just how fake a television show is.

  • e jerry powell

    Deep-throating loaded handguns.

    Sounds like a Tuesday night.

  • Maguita NYC

    Oh hey! My first cousin!

  • e jerry powell


  • Like I said in the review, this just creeps the fuck out of me. Because it seems that every time a Disney princess tries to break out of the mold it gets more over-the-top, with the nudity or the stripper poles...probably a sex tape next time. I think it's sad that they think that this is the way to do it, and you know there's no one out there telling them to stop, rethink, and try to just get cast in something decent.

    I'm convinced their agents just don't give a shit. Because the scandal means publicity, which means money, which means giant commissions for themselves at the expense of some pretty naive girls who've never had any actual contact with the real world. So they say yes, take this role, take those photos, dance on that stripper pole, it'll get your picture everywhere! Consequences? Who cares! It's all about the money now, the photos now, the publicity NOW.

    Why would they think that what happened to the girls in the past will happen to them? They're special.

    So, yeah. It creeps me the fuck out. Specially the escalation of it. It's like they keep trying to outdo each other in their terrible decisions.

  • ,

    They used to say, "There's no such thing as bad publicity."

    I'm going to toss out something I've been cogitating. I get it from, of all places, the issues of US magazine that started showing up in my mailbox for reasons I don't understand, though I must admit I'm kind of addicted now to "Who wore it best." ...

    Anyway, what magazines of that ilk seem to propose (and what seems to have evolved in the culture generally) is that there is absolutely no distinction between good celebrity and useless celebrity, that it's all the same. Kim Kardashian, Meryl Streep: No difference there. They're both stars! Just like all the "who's that?s" from the "Real Housewives" and the "Jersey Shores." If you became a star by being a fantastic actress, it's exactly the same as if you became a "star" by getting pissed on by a third-rate rapper, and because your dad helped a double-murderer beat a double-murder rap.

    It's not a blurring of the line, it's a complete erasure of the line between people who have actual skills and abilities and people who have tits and ass. So since there's no line anymore, no distinction, flashing your tits and ass all over the place will make you, in many circles, or at least the ones you care about, the cultural equivalent of Meryl Streep.

    That make sense?

    It does to me.

    In my less mature days, I used to sum up this issue with the question: If women like to complain that they're exploited, why are so many of them willing to take their clothes off for money?

  • Palaeologos


    This, times a million. Why even stop at TNA--we live in an era when you can become known the world over within hours just for posting something disgusting or hilarious on Youtube, Facebook, what have you. Hate on the Kardashians, Lohan, et al. all you want, but if fame = pay + notoriety, then they are succeeding in spades, with the full support of the public.

    It's kind of like people who bitch about bad advertisements, not cognizant of the fact that their bitching about Product X is in fact advertising it, proving that the ad worked.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Sounds about right to me. Behind a lot of these statements about empowerment (strange that all of the girls want to be 'empowered at exactly the same time and in exactly the same way) there's a feeling that 'it's now, or I'll never make it beyond kiddie roles'. Of course there's freedom of choice but if everyone is making the choice to strip for seriousness it starts to seem as though something has convinced them that there's no other avenue but to make people forget what you were, dammit. Recently, Dakota Fanning has been talking about how she can't wait to do nude scenes and stuff that's sexually explicit. Yeah, it's their choice, but at the same time it seems as though a very specific set of circumstances must be employed in the journey if everyone is making the same choice at the same point in their careers.

  • Like I said further down, some of these girls might not feel like they have much of a choice. They're 20 or 21 and have been the family breadwinner since they were 13 or 14. They've made a lot of money, but they ARE the family business. They believe they need that publicity and those checks to keep the whole machine going.

  • PaddyDog

    Perhaps slightly off-topic, but since you bring it up: a friend of mine dated a stripper who was genuinely putting herself through school. She graduated, got a job teaching in a primary school and quit after three months because she missed "the attention and present she got from clients".

  • csb

    Anne Hathaway did it with Havoc.

  • John W

    I think your wrong in assuming that it's just young actresses who are debasing themselves.

    Look at Californication, how many actresses young and not so young have appeared on that show with the express purpose of getting naked or as naked as possible and having sex with Hank Moody (or Charlie Runkle) only to disappear after the season is over. Judy Greer, Meredith Munroe, Diane Farr, Paula Marshall, Eva Amurri, Meagan Good, Addison Timlin, Maggie Grace, Natalie Zea, Sarah Wynter, Madeline Zima, Rachel Miner, Carla Gallo, Kathleen Turner, Embeth Davidtz are just some of the actresses who have appeared on that show just to get naked and then disappear.

    The only woman not to get naked is the one woman he's supposed to be in love with.

  • Scooter

    What about Wide Load/Lardass in 'Stand By Me'?

    He set pie eating contests back decades, with just a simple walk on performance.

    I haven't even seen him since, even in a training film.

    "Jesus - does anyone?"

  • Captain D

    I don't understand two things.

    1. Who/What/Why was anyone heaping acclaim on James Franco? Has he ever been the best actor in any movie (or tv series) in which he appeared? I have not seen 127 Hours and assume it would be the one (if one exists).

    2. What's the difference here with the Disney ex-mousketeers and Channing Tatum?

    But to answer your question, no, I have no interest in seeing this movie. I think the actresses were sold a false bill of goods. Then again, Anne Hathaway just won an Oscar and she's been in some pretty unjustifiable movies...

  • Uncle Mikey

    I thought 127 Hours was quite good. Franco is a douchebanjo but is borderline amazing in it.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I heard the rocks stole a few scenes.

  • lowercase_ryan

    My question is, is this really a new trend?

    I don't think the question here is whether or not it works, I think it's a question of will people forget? Going topless in Reindeer Games didn't make Charlize Theron's career, but the fact that people have forgotten about it or are willing to overlook it, that might have made her career. The only way that happens is if she's a good enough actor to make it, regardless of nudity. The same goes for Anne Hathaway in Havoc. Hell, Juno Temple doesn't own a top, yet she can act so she's taken seriously.

  • dizzylucy

    I get wanting to break out of the kid movie rut, and maybe this works for some, but I think it also risks being typecast in the other direction too. Ideally, instead they should really work on the craft of acting and grow into more mature roles based on talent, but Hollywood certainly doesn't discourage short cuts.

    I also think it's about rebellion as much as, or maybe even more than, their acting careers.

  • I think part of it comes from the situation these actresses are in. They have success at Disney, make a lot of money and end up having a huge system to support. When they transition out of the kiddie role, I think they believe they have to make a big splash to keep the gravy train rolling. So they go for the sexploitation lead role they know will cause a ruckus instead of working with smaller roles that might help their career in the long run, but might not get as much attention or as big of a paycheck.

  • John W

    I was going to say no one is putting a gun to their head until I saw that last pic.

  • nick

    maybe it's fun for them. It doesn't have to be sexploitation. They are adults, and I imagine it will be good for their careers

  • Three_nineteen

    1) The actresses may actually think the movies will be good. Spring Breakers is a film by a director who has made some critically respected but sexually explicit films, plus it stars a respectable actor. (What the fuck was Franco thinking when he signed on?) Showgirls was the same - directed by Verhoeven and starred Kyle MacLachlan - and IIRC, a lot of people thought it was going to be good until it came out. A lot can happen between screenplay and finished product.

    2) Young people do stupid shit all the time.

    3) One of the first movies Salma Hayek did after Desperado was From Dusk Til Dawn - written by Tarantino and starred George Clooney. She played a stripper vampire. Nobody seemed to worry about her "debasing" herself back then (granted she was a little older, almost 30 I think).

  • ,

    1) ... and Gina Gershon, a fine and very attractive actress who seemed to try to take it seriously. In any case, she was the only good thing about "Showgirls."

  • Kballs

    Salma was a woman in complete control in Desperado using her sexuality to mesmerize the humans, putting them into a trance-like state so she and her friends could have some dinner. Comparing that role with these girls running around in florescent bikinis during Spring Break looking for cheap thrills does not compute for me. Just because they're all in bikinis does not make them the same.

  • Salma was older and had had a pretty decent career up until then. I think she knew what she was doing.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Salma Hayek was smart. Her transformation (and not the dance scene before) in that movie ensured that she remained in the minds of everyone watching 'From Dusk til Dawn'.

  • NateMan

    I'm trying to read this without getting a really paternalistic vibe off of it, but kinda failing. If a young woman wants to show her tits on camera, isn't that her choice? Yes, the movies are usually shit and yes it doesn't usually work out in their favor, and that's a shame.

    But... So what? They're adults and they're individuals. The 'sexually aggressive' line is particularly troublesome for me, because young women have every right to be as sexually aggressive as their male counterparts.

    There are always going to be actors and actresses who take roles beneath them, or that we wouldn't choose for them. And there's only so much room at the top; actors who don't stand out aren't going to go anywhere, and this is an attempt to do just that. A failed attempt, probably, but them's the breaks.

    They don't have to stay Disney princesses forever, just to make us morally satisfied with their lives.

  • Lyn

    These choices don't take place in a vacuum, though. Young girls should have the right to be sexual (should but too often don''t - look how the very first comment references Vanessa Hudgens' teenage nude pictures) in their lives, but we aren't talking about their personal lives, we're talking about their acting roles. The middle-aged men who finance, direct, and jack off to these movies have created this culture where exploitation films/photo shoots are one of the few identifiable avenues for teen starlets in a very competitive industry to try to transition to adult fame. And then Seth MacFarlane gets to make fun of them at the Oscars.

  • NateMan

    That's a very fair point. And an argument can certainly be made that between the people making the movies, and the public's appetite for attractive young women taking their clothes off, there are less open roles that involve no exposed boobies than there should be.

    But that doesn't excuse the main thrust of this post, which (to me) comes across as a reproach against the women choosing to take this path.Their choices may be limited, and that's a shame, but judging the actresses who take that path because we want to shelter our children may not be the most appropriate response.

  • Hmm. I didn't see it as judging the women so much as judging the system that tells them they have to take the roles or watch their careers fizzle out. Which is how I see it every time an actress makes a move like that.

    I'm sure some of them are fully conscious of what they're doing, but I also think that a lot of them, having come up through showbiz from when they were practically babies, have their worldviews so fucked up that they listen to anyone who'll show them a way to stay famous. So I have to wonder how much of a choice it really is for them. These just aren't "normal" kids.

    And this doesn't just go for the girls but for the boys, too, though it's a lot less prevalent.

    I might be wrong, though.

  • Having friends who are actresses, I think you're on to something with the "career" thing. I actually know a girl from my former acting class who took a role on Femme Fatales because she hadn't had a job in a while. This girl is an awesome actress and very striking looking, but because her last job was a two line (off screen) role in the Die Hard movie with Justin Long, she was getting freaked out that she'd never work again.

  • Lyn

    Of course I wasn't judging the actresses. I don't think anyone should. I was responding to the idea that all these young actresses are spontaneously deciding to take off their tops because they are just so wild and sexxxay and liberated!

  • ghisent

    Times like this when I hearken back to Chasing Amy.

    "They fuckin' used you!"
    "No! I used them! You don't think I would've let it happen if I hadn't wanted to? Do you?"

  • Cazadora

    I read this in much the same way as you...did anyone think that the actors of Magic Mike were debasing themselves?

  • senecafalls

    Well considering it was a fucking awful movie, I thought they were debasing themselves. I also find none of them attractive, so what do I know.

  • Maguita NYC

    They can debase themselves all over my appartement. Any time. Any day.

  • Maguita NYC

    One, HSM's Hudgens has been shoving her naked form in our faces ever since she turned 14 years old with "accidental leakage" of self-taken "portraits". I'm surprised she hasn't posed for Hustler already.

    Two, Selena Gomez is a survivor of the Disney Family, that upstanding clan managed by accused pedophiles and Lolita seekers. In comparison to her peers, I find it quite admirable the way she'd kept her head on her shoulders, so far.

    Three, the genre has been rewritten so many times since Revenge of the Nerds, you cannot take any of it seriously. And it isn't art, even if The Artist known as Franco is in it. Braided hair and all.

    Many actresses as well as actors go through lows before hitting that high, which is reserved to a very-very infinite percentage of the acting population. Not all will have a Meryl Streep carreer, but many will have an Elizabeth Berkley one (and PLEASE, Showgirls is a fucking classic!! It is the Slapshot of the stripper genre).

    Speaking of, a lot of award-winning actresses had won for their role as a morally-loose woman: From Audrey Hepburn, to Charlize Theron. I tend to believe that young women sign-on for a role hoping for groundbreaking roles and movies, but end-up with pure shit. Just like 95% of movies made in Hollywood.

    Do I really wish better roles were offered to these young ladies? Of course I do. But reality dictates that 5 years from now, we might not remember any of their names. Sad but true. As for our daughters, why are we still turning to Hollywood for moral values and hero worship? It's unconscionable.

  • NateMan

    Very well said.

  • Maguita NYC

    Thank you!

  • the other courtney

    I think these girls (women, ladies, whatever) are told that wielding the sexy means having power. Sex is power, I suppose, but only if you control the access. Desperately throwing it all out these under the guise of edgy and adult pretty much invalidates any power you thought you had.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I've always thought it was a sort of burning the bridge to kiddie roles more than becoming a "seriously respected" actress. You show your tits on-screen and Disney's not coming calling anymore, so you don't end up making "Hotel for Dogs" until you're 30. But saying in interviews "I want to get more serious roles" sounds a whole lot better than "I will strip for the world if it will head off another goddamned 'High School Musical' role."

  • It's so weird, too, because they make so much money with the Disney princess thing. It's such a stupid gamble. Not everyone can be Anne Hathaway. More likely than not you'll be another Elizabeth Berkley.

  • But the princess thing tends to bleed over into the actress' personal life once they reach early adulthood. When you are a "role model" for little girls, you can't wear a bikini at the beach, be seen with a beer, wear a slinky dress on the red carpet and other stuff women in their early 20s like to do or risk having your image and livelihood impacted. So I can see the temptation to make a clean break from that part of your career.

  • BlackRabbit

    The worse thing is: probably sometimes it works, and so the agents have examples they can use. I think these ladies have a serious enough fanbase to absorb a film like this, but it also says something that they feel the need to "break the mold." Has any young actress done it without a T&A film? Biel's career is bad enough that getting naked won't make an impact anyway, and it's not like she was a fresh-faced Disney princess anyway.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Biel did a magazine spread when she was a kid that caused quite a controversy.

  • Although not a child star, I'd be willing to bet Halle Berry is exhibit A on who agents point to as an example. She goes from the ballyhooed topless scene in "Swordfish" straight to "Monster's Ball" which won her an Oscar.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    And Anne Hathaway taking the topless step in "Brokeback Mountain."

    Berry did specifically say that "Swordfish" helped her mentally get to a place where she was able to go full out for "Monster's Ball."

  • Shazza

    I'm going to need people to remember Raven Symone and Kyle Massey are 2 Disney kids that did just fine in life (despite Raven being Lindsey Lohan's roommate for a while too!) Sad to say, I just read an interview in EW this week where Selena & Vanessa proclaimed they were Harmony Korine fans before they did this movie. If Harmony really wanted to be edgy, he wouldn't have gone the wigger route and cast James Franco, he would've cast Li'l Wayne. But I feel you, Bedhead, I don't know why these girls think this will get them taken seriously. It'll just be wank material.

  • ghisent

    Can we please, please, PLEASE not use the word "wigger" ever again? I'd really appreciate it.

  • Guest

    I agree with the message of this article, but I feel it's a bit unfair to compare the character drama that is Welcome to the Rileys to Spring Breakers. Maybe Lohans I Know Who Killed Me instead?

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