Liz Taylor did it; Shirley Temple didn’t. Hayley Mills, Annette Funicello, Lindsey Lohan: the world of acting is filled with those who will forever remain frozen in film in their childhood and teenage states. But there are the successes too: Anna Paquin, Scarlett Johansson, Judy Garland, to name a few. It’s a strange industry, Hollywood, where actors feel the pressure of not being discovered young enough, while also dreading burning out too young. From what we see in the press, a layman’s understanding of maintaining a career in the film industry only involves staying away from alcohol and drug laced scenes. But making the leap from child stardom to adult Hollywood careers isn’t always about avoiding excess. It’s just as often about career management, though this makes much fewer headlines than D.U.I.’s and court hearings.
But few thus far have had the pressure to maintain a career in acting to the same magnitude as Emma Watson and her Harry Potter alumni. Will they or won’t they seems to be on the question on everyone’s mind. And I must apologize for playing right into the same journalistic trope, but I do find it to make a fascinating study. Daniel Radcliffe seems to have found his refuge in the theater, while Rupert Grint has a lineup of films in pre-production. And Emma, why she’s been doing something quite clever.