What These Child Stars Look Like Today

Actress Joey King started her career with a commercial for Life cereal. And, as Backstage noted, she’s certainly come a long way since, landing roles in Ramona and Beezus and Crazy, Stupid, Love along the way, but King doesn’t take her stint as a child star for granted. Her best advice for youngsters getting in front of the camera for the first time is to “just have fun.” The Emmy-nominated actress shared while on In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, “Even with a character that’s so dark and deep, you think, ‘Fun? That’s a weird word.’ But as an actor, truly, it is so fun to dive into roles that are that deep and require that much concentration.”

As King started navigating her late teens and 20s, the roles she’s chosen have been varied. She’s starred in The Act, Netflix rom-coms The Kissing Booth 1 and 2, and horror movie Slender Man. When questioned by As If magazine about her favorite genre to work in, King replied definitively, “My heart lies with drama. I love all genres, like comedy, but my heart lies in drama and when working in drama I feel most productive.”

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