Former child stars open up about sexual abuse and emotional trauma from being a child actor Bill & Ted Alex Winter’s new HBO documentary, Showbiz Kids.
“It was a fantasy come true,” Winter told New York Post. “All the giants of Broadway would be behind the scenes every night. It was an incredible memory. “Winter – best known for the performance of Bill S. Preston, Esq. in The excellent adventure of Bill and Ted – does not appear in his documentary because he “would have gone beyond the film”. Winter, now 55, revealed The pole that he had been sexually abused by an adult while running a show when he was only 12 years old.”I didn’t feel safe talking about it for 25 years,” said Winter. ” You keep [the experience] compartmentalized and it explodes – drugs, alcohol, suicide – or you get help, deal with what happened and put the pieces together. ”
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Former child actor Todd Bridges – best known for his portrayal of Willis Jackson in the sitcom Different shots – also appeared in the documentary directed by Winter. “I wanted to be like Redd Foxx. I wanted to be on TV, “said Bridges, who should have faced racism, stolen money from the team and a sexually aggressive publicist.
“I had a pistol fired on my head when I was 12 years old. An officer told me that my bicycle had been stolen. If you’re going to be in showbiz as a kid, make sure you have a side business as an adult, “added Bridges, who is now 55.” Playing is a fictional life and you have to discover real life. I can cope with both. But I prefer real life. ”
Several of the documentary’s former children noted that their parents pushed them to live out their personal ambitions. Wil Wheaton – best known for his role in the 1986 blockbuster film Support me – revealed in the documentary that his mother pushed him to become an actor because she had her own dreams of glory. “It was never my idea,” he said. “I don’t know a 7 year old child who says he wants to go to work.”
Evan Rachel Wood – who starred in the sexually provocative film Thirteen when she “was 14, on the verge of becoming a woman” – explained that not becoming an actress was not an option in her family. “It would be disappointing for people if I didn’t want to do this because I was talented,” said Wood, now 32. “If I hadn’t wanted to do that, the atmosphere would have been” what a waste “. I didn’t feel like I could stop because I was good. So I just did it. ““Suddenly, I felt like a commodity that had to be watched and maintained and I had to present myself in a certain way”, recalled the Westworld star in the documentary. “My voice was getting quieter. Nobody asked me how I was. My emotional state was comparable to what I did in my career. “
Actor Henry Thomas – known for his portrayal of Elliot in the 1982 film AND the extra-terrestrial – added that “the act of acting completely frightened me. I pissed off my pants the first time I was in the spotlight. ”
Former child star Mara Wilson – who starred in the 1996 film Mathilde, as well as alongside Robin Williams in the 1993 film Mme Doubtfire – stated that her childhood involved people who photographed her in child porn. “People have photoshopped me in child pornography – and called me ugly online,” said Wilson. “They were making fun of me for going through puberty. ”
Wilson, now 32, added that her experiences had given her a special gift as a young actress – the ability to cry on command. “I felt too vulnerable. That’s why i disappeared [from acting], “She added. “I will never be a leading player and I am satisfied with it. ”
As for Winter, he says that he will not integrate his children into the entertainment industry.
“I don’t put my kids in the industry,” said the father of three.
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