After decades in the entertainment industry, Full House star Jodie Sweetin reveals the secret to avoiding the infamous child actor curse.
While speaking to TODAY.com, Sweetin stated when it comes to child actor success, it is best to have genuine behind-the-scenes support. “When you see the kids that grew up in this business that turned out to be fairly normal, well-rounded people, they have really normal parents, who didn’t want to be in the business themselves,” she explained.
Jodie Sweetin also said some parents “transfer” their “unfulfilled ambitions” onto their children. That is when things go astray for some young actors. “They’re like, ‘I tried to be famous, but it didn’t work out, so now it’s your turn,’” she noted.
The actress pointed out that even people have confessed to using their children for the wrong reasons. “[They told me] ‘I had a kid because I wanted them to be famous.’”
Sweetin further explained she was grateful that her parents, Sam and Janice, never had a desire to be famous.
However, she admitted social media has made things “more rougher” than what it was like when she was younger. “I can’t imagine being one of those kids on a big network show that gets all of the attention and all of the criticism. And people are worrying about who you’re dating, and what you look like.”
Jodie Sweetin added that when she was 9 years old, she struggled with her own self-consciousness. She couldn’t imagine struggling like she did with social media around. “If that had been the thing that was getting made fun of online? That would have destroyed me.”
Jodie Sweetin Reveals the One Media Story That Continues to Haunt Her Years Later
Meanwhile, Jodie Sweetin spoke about the one media story about her and her late Full House co-star Bob Saget that continues to haunt her even to this day.
“It said I was [a] difficult child to work with,” Sweetin recalled. “And that Bob Saget was trying to get me fired. And I remember just being so confused because it was so far from the truth. I spent time with Bob and his family on the weekends.”
Sweein noted that with social media, celebrity rumors, and gossip are not only more instantaneous, it’s everywhere and “omnipresent” in every single corner of everyone’s lives.
Jodie Sweetin went on to add that her daughters Zoie and Beatrix know that online bullying is never acceptable in her home. “My one real, real, real, hard line is you do not make yourself feel better at the expense of someone else. You don’t know what that person is going through. You don’t know what their life is like at home.”
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