Breaking The Child Actor Stigma: 15 Former Kid Stars Who Took On Edgy Roles To Remove Their Squeak Clean Rep

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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.

Hilary Duff

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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.

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  • Tha Real Hamia

    Macaulay Culkin’s Party Monster was good as I don’t know what!!!!!! He played the hell out of that role. I’m still side eying him til this day. If y’all haven’t seen it, don’t sleep on it! Real talk!

  • Bobba_Fett

    Jodie Foster is a woman?

  • AJ

    Showgirls was NOT the first movie to be rated NC-17. That would be “Henry & June”, which came out in 1990. Showgirls came out in 1995.

  • Nigel

    Boy howdy that Anne Hathaway sure has matured into a fine lookin woman. I’ll never forget her in the Beverly Hillbillies with those colourful knee socks, that short crumpled hair doo and them big glasses yelling “Chief” to Mr Drysdale. Oh wait, that was Jane Hatahway…never mind. I recon I better stay away from grannies tonic….