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Cole Sprouse reflects on his growth as a child actor – and the “trauma” that comes with it.
Sprouse revealed he has a “complicated relationship” with celebrity culture in a recent interview with The New York Times while promoting his upcoming movie “Moonshot.” Sprouse began acting as a child alongside his brother Dylan Sprouse.
Sprouse starred as Ross Geller’s son in “Friends” before he and Dylan rose to fame for their roles in “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” After their Disney Channel careers, the two took a break from acting, with Sprouse returning to starring with a role in “Riverdale.”
“I started performing when I was so young that I hadn’t really tried, as an adult, to figure out if I really liked the performance,” Sprouse told The New York Times. “When I came back, I was reminded that I really love the art of acting. But I still have a very complicated relationship with celebrity culture.”
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Sprouse has stayed out of the spotlight this time around, keeping his relationships private.
The actor further explained why his acting career as a child turned out differently from young women in the industry.
“My brother and I used to say, ‘Oh, you made it out! Oh, you’re unscathed!’ No. The young women on the channel we were on [Disney Channel] have been so sexualized from such an early age as my brother and I that there is absolutely no way to compare our experiences. And each person who goes through this trauma has a unique experience.”
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Sprouse is defensive of fellow childhood actors, especially female ones, because of the “unique” experiences.
“When we talk about child stars going crazy, what we don’t really talk about is how traumatic fame is,” he continued. “So I’m fiercely defensive of people making fun of some of the young women who were on the channel when I was younger because I don’t feel like she understands enough of the humanity of this experience and what it takes to recover.”
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“And, to be quite honest, as I’ve now gone through a second big round of this stardom game as an adult, I’ve noticed the same psychological effects that stardom produces on a bunch of young adults. than when I was a kid. I just think people have an easier time hiding it when they’re older.