Natalie Portman's Warning: The Dangers of Child Acting

Parents should think carefully about whether their child is mentally capable of handling the work of an actor

by Sededin Dedovic
Natalie Portman's Warning: The Dangers of Child Acting
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Natalie Portman has spoken out against child acting, saying that she believes it is a dangerous industry for children to be involved in. The Oscar-winning actress, who began her career as a child star in the 1994 film Léon, told Variety that she feels "lucky" that she was not harmed by her experiences in the industry.

However, she also said that she has heard "too many bad stories" to believe that acting is a safe environment for children. "I wouldn't encourage young people to get into this," Portman said. "I don't mean never, I mean when they are children.

I feel like it was almost a fluke that I wasn't hurt. I'm lucky that I had protective parents. You don't like it when you're a child, but you're grateful for it when you grow up." Portman's comments come as a number of former child stars have spoken out about the negative experiences they had in the industry.

Jake Lloyd, who starred with Portman in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, has said that his life became a "real hell" after the film's release. He was reportedly bullied at school and struggled with his mental health, eventually being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Young people cannot rationally deal with fame

Portman's concerns about child acting are justified. The industry can be incredibly demanding and stressful, and children are often not equipped to handle the pressures of fame.

They may also be more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. It's simply a very well-paid job for the most talented young actors who get a large amount of money in their early youth that they don't know how to allocate rationally.

They simply do not have a keen sense of money. While there are some success stories like Natalie Portman, the risks of child acting are too great to ignore. There are many examples who could not handle the fame and got lost in the jungle called Hollywood Parents should carefully consider these risks before allowing their children to engage in acting.