Like most parents, Hollywood has a hard time seeing its children grow up. Yet there comes a time when every child star decides to leave the nest of safe, family-friendly movies to become a more serious thespian. With the passage of time all actors must work their way into adult-oriented fare, though the transition isn’t always an easy one. Here are 15 actors who took on tough, edgy roles and removed the child star stereotype to varying degrees of success.
The one part of War, Inc. that received praise was Hilary Duff’s performance. In the film, the former Lizzie Maguire star played an oversexed Central Asian pop singer named Yonica Babyyeah. A scene in particular that marked the end of Duff’s child star reputation involved her character inserting a Scorpion into her pants and performing a striptease to the shock and horror of co-star John Cusack (and no, we’re not making that up). Though the film has largely been forgotten since its release, said “scorpion scene” and Duff’s performance have given War, Inc. a degree of cult notoriety.