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Slide 1 of 5: For decades, the Disney Channel has been producing kid and teen stars through variety shows (like the Mickey Mouse Club), sitcoms, and Disney Channel original movies, a.k.a. DCOMs. And for almost as long as the channel has been a breeding ground for future youth icons, performers have been speaking out about the negative aspects of both being associated with the network and becoming so widely recognizable at such a young age. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bella Thorne, whose career kicked off in earnest on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up, shared what she sees as the biggest downside to Disney fame. Keep reading to learn what she said, and to see what more former kid actors like her are up to these days, check out The Biggest Disney Channel Stars, Then and Now.Read the original article on Best Life.

Slide 2 of 5: Thorne is frustrated that performers who first rose to fame through working with Disney are subject to misconceptions about their level of talent and commitment."No one gives Disney kids enough f****** credit," she told THR. She used the star of the series Liv and Maddie and the musical TV movie franchise Descendants as an example. "Like, come on, Dove Cameron is one of the hardest workers I know, and she’s an amazing actress," Thorne said of the now 25-year-old star. "And people still wanna say, 'She’s Disney.' It's like an immediate 'X' mark that you have to work out of."For more celebrity news sent right to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Slide 3 of 5: Thorne's comments were prompted in part by her impressions of the much-discussed Hulu documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which examines how a sexist and cruel celebrity culture contributed to and then mocked issues the pop star has faced in her personal life. And before Britney Spears was a pop star, she was also a "Disney kid," as a member of the '90s version of The Mickey Mouse Club."It made me so sad, just all the wrongs that society did to her," Thorne said of Spears. "It's disgusting what she went through, what she is still going through, the whole nine yards, it is literally terrible."For more on the singer's trials, check outThis Diane Sawyer Interview With Britney Spears Has People Outraged.

Slide 4 of 5: During a 2016 interview with an Australian radio station (as reported by Seventeen), Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez opened up about missing out on a "normal" childhood."There's a balance to life that I think is normal and I think what we do and what I love is, for me, normal," she said. "But it isn't actually when you look at it. That is not how people should be brought up or raised, especially if you're younger."For more on Gomez's relationship with fame, check out 17 Major Celebrities Who Actually Hate the Spotlight.

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Slide 5 of 5: The Jonas Brothers were signed to a Disney record label and briefly had their own show on the network as well. During an interview with James Corden around the time they reunited, Nick Jonas revealed that the media training they received as kids representing Disney was a little much in retrospect."I took pride in it, until I watched those interviews back years later and was like, 'I sound like a robot,'" the star said.For more on the negatives of finding fame young, here's How Mary-Kate & Ashley Stopped Elizabeth Olsen From Being a Child Star.

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This Disney Channel Star Revealed the Biggest Downside of Working There

For decades, the Disney Channel has been producing kid and teen stars through variety shows (like the Mickey Mouse Club), sitcoms, and Disney Channel original movies, a.k.a. DCOMs. And for almost as long as the channel has been a breeding ground for future youth icons, performers have been speaking out about the negative aspects of both being associated with the network and becoming so widely recognizable at such a young age. In a new interview with The Hollywood ReporterBella Thorne, whose career kicked off in earnest on the Disney Channel show Shake It Up, shared what she sees as the biggest downside to Disney fame. Keep reading to learn what she said, and to see what more former kid actors like her are up to these days, check out The Biggest Disney Channel Stars, Then and Now.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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Once a Disney star, always a Disney star—and that's not always a positive thing.

Thorne is frustrated that performers who first rose to fame through working with Disney are subject to misconceptions about their level of talent and commitment.

"No one gives Disney kids enough f****** credit," she told THR. She used the star of the series Liv and Maddie and the musical TV movie franchise Descendants as an example. "Like, come on, Dove Cameron is one of the hardest workers I know, and she’s an amazing actress," Thorne said of the now 25-year-old star. "And people still wanna say, 'She’s Disney.' It's like an immediate 'X' mark that you have to work out of."

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Thorne has a lot of empathy for Britney Spears.

Thorne's comments were prompted in part by her impressions of the much-discussed Hulu documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which examines how a sexist and cruel celebrity culture contributed to and then mocked issues the pop star has faced in her personal life. And before Britney Spears was a pop star, she was also a "Disney kid," as a member of the '90s version of The Mickey Mouse Club.

"It made me so sad, just all the wrongs that society did to her," Thorne said of Spears. "It's disgusting what she went through, what she is still going through, the whole nine yards, it is literally terrible."

For more on the singer's trials, check outThis Diane Sawyer Interview With Britney Spears Has People Outraged.

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Thorne is far from the only Disney star who's spoken out about her experience.

During a 2016 interview with an Australian radio station (as reported by Seventeen), Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez opened up about missing out on a "normal" childhood.

"There's a balance to life that I think is normal and I think what we do and what I love is, for me, normal," she said. "But it isn't actually when you look at it. That is not how people should be brought up or raised, especially if you're younger."

For more on Gomez's relationship with fame, check out 17 Major Celebrities Who Actually Hate the Spotlight.

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Others claim the company kept them on a short leash.

The Jonas Brothers were signed to a Disney record label and briefly had their own show on the network as well. During an interview with James Corden around the time they reunited, Nick Jonas revealed that the media training they received as kids representing Disney was a little much in retrospect.

"I took pride in it, until I watched those interviews back years later and was like, 'I sound like a robot,'" the star said.

For more on the negatives of finding fame young, here's How Mary-Kate & Ashley Stopped Elizabeth Olsen From Being a Child Star.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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