Bella Thorne opens up about being sexualized as a child actor
Bella Thorne reveals just how sexy she was as a child star, explaining how Disney nearly got fired from Shake It Up for wearing a bikini in public.
Bella Thorne opens up about being sexualized as a Disney Channel child star. Thorne made her first foray into acting at the age of 6, when she made a brief appearance in the 2003 film Crazy for You. However, it wasn't until 2010, when she was cast as CeCe Jones in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up, at the age of 13, that she began to break out. Although the series was canceled after season 3, Thorne continued his career at Disney, appearing in various roles on The Show. In recent years, however, Thorne has left Disney behind, finding renewed success with projects like the musical series Paradise City. Thorne also forayed into adult entertainment with her directorial debut in 2019, She & Him.
In an interview on EmRata's podcast High Low, Thorne details multiple instances of her being sexualized as a child actress. One involved a director who believed she had acted inappropriately, while the other involved Thorne's time on Shake It Up. Specifically, it's an example of an actress who almost got fired for her dress. Read Thorne's comments below:
"I had a director give me feedback once and I was 10. The casting director calls my agent and the agent calls my mom, and they're like, 'So she's not moving forward because the director felt like she was flirting with him and it made him really uncomfortable. What the f--- are you talking about, man?! I don't give a f--- what I said! I don't care if I said, 'Eat my p---y right now'! [I was] 10 years old. Why, why, would you ever think that?" "I almost got fired off the Disney Channel 'cause I was 14, and I wore a two-piece on the beach. This stylist that I was hanging out with put this chain on me. It's like a body chain? I don't know! I don't care. There was a fan — they got a photo of me on the beach, I almost got fired. It was all over the media — it was literally viral in that time. And it was ‘How dare this little girl do this. This is so disgusting. They were like, ‘Hey, we’re getting a lot of heat for this. Everyone’s getting heat for this because you’re in a bikini on a beach, so she needs to make sure she goes out in boy shorts and a loose t-shirt next time she’s at the beach.'”
Disney & Nickelodeon's History of Questionable Conduct with Child Actors
Despite Thorne's troubling account of her experience as a young actress, she was far from the first child star There are such stories. In early 2022, iCarly star Jennette McCurdy releases her now best-selling memoir, titled "I'm Glad My Mom Is Dead," which details similar experiences as a child working at Nickelodeon. struggle. McCurdy recalls a time when she was asked to try on a bikini in an iCarly fitting room to appease show creator Dan Snyder, which made the young actress very uncomfortable. Regarding the experience, McCurdy wrote: "I don't want to look sexy. I want to look like a kid." McCurdy has been largely praised by the industry and fans for his candor about his experience, And push others to come forward.
In August, Zoey 101 star Alexa Nikolas protested in front of Nickelodeon Studios after the release of McCurdy's new book, holding a sign that read "Nickelodeon Didn't Protect Me". Other signs at the protest read: "How many NDAs?", "How many children?" and "Protect children, not predators." The logos also include the names of several Nickelodeon creators who have been accused or convicted of being child predators, including Schneider, Fred Savage, Ezel Channel and Brian Pike. Other Disney Channel stars have also come forward about their treatment as child actors, including Miley Cyrus, she said Working for Hannah Montana at age 11 made her anxious.
The work of a child star is undoubtedly an extremely difficult job. Many big-name stars have begun to stand up and say that their respective studios have not given them the protection they deserve. Not only are Disney and Nickelodeon actors being abused in their studios, but they also deal with the severity from the public, who often forget that child actors are kids. Thorne's experience as a child actor is harrowing, and while it's difficult for her to tell, hearing her story is important in holding major networks like the Disney Channel accountable for their actions.
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