Disney child star Christy Carlson Romano explains how exploited she felt when her career crashed and she found herself doing a nude scene in a film.
Former Disney child star, Christy Carlson Romano, explained how her career crashing down on her following the heights of her time as a star on the Disney Channel sitcom, Even Stevens (with a young Shia LaBeouf), and the Disney animated series, Kim possible, forced her to make a decision she now regrets of posing nude in a direct-to-DVD film.
The actor, now 37 years old, explains how a desire to get back to the money she used to make as a child actor pushed her to make decisions that left her feeling “exploited and marked and horrible.”
Romano revealed the details in a recent video she uploaded on her YouTube channel discussing how she lost almost all of the money that she had earned in her years as a child performer.
One of the problems she had is that it is hard to control your spending when it seems like the money is always coming in. She noted, “My biggest thing about child actors, you aren’t told that the work is going to slow down. In fact, I was told the opposite, specifically by my mom, some of my team, even my money manager at the time. “
The actor then spent her money lavishly on luxury items, like expensive cars and clothes, to the point where she had her own personal shopper at Ralph Lauren (she described her as a friend, although “funny how he was no longer my friend when I stopped shopping there “).
Romano felt as though she never really understand the value of the money, only that she needed it to be there, and so, “When those numbers started to go down, I felt like I just needed to perform and so the joy of performing was gone as all I wanted to do was make money. “
This led her to make one specific decision that she regrets to this day. “Basically, I did a nude scene,” she said. “I had never thought in a million years that I would ever do something like this. I was America’s sweetheart, morally sound in my mind. I believed in the Disney magic, I still do. And then I felt so exploited and marked and horrible . “
The scene occurred in the direct-to-DVD sequel to the film, Mirrors, titled, Mirrors 2, which came out in 2010.
Romano was quick to explain that she is fine now, though, “I promise you I’m OK. I have made peace with this. But there are some realities that come to play. The truth is that I did this movie for the money because I was desperate to feel that feeling that I had when I was making tons of money, and everything was OK. “
Romano wants her experiences to serve as an object lesson for other young stars.
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