Cole Sprouse started acting when he was only 6 months old, but being a child actor was no fun and games.
“When we talk about child stars going crazy, we don’t really mean that fame is traumatic,” Sprouse said The New York Times in a candid interview.
The 29-year-old explained his reluctance to criticism of “runaway” child actors, particularly those who poked fun at the experiences of young women.
“The young women on [Disney Channel] have been sexualized to such an extent as my brother and I from such an early age that we absolutely cannot compare our experiences.”
Sprouse rose to fame with his twin brother Dylan on Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. They began their professional acting careers as toddlers and rose to stardom, leaving them feeling burnt out at 18. Cole and Dylan shared roles in Grace Under Fire and Adam Sandler’s film Big Daddy. Cole also stars as Ross Geller’s son Ben in Friends.
“My brother and I used to say to each other, ‘Oh, you did it! Oh, you’re safe!’ No,” the “Riverdale” actor told the Times.
After graduating from New York University with a degree in archeology, Sprouse wanted to leave the industry but promised to do another round of auditions. At this point, he booked the role of Jughead Jones on Riverdale.
“I started acting when I was so young that as an adult I didn’t really try to think about whether I was actually enjoying the performance,” Sprouse said.
“To be perfectly honest, now that I’ve been through a second big round of this fame game as an adult, I’ve noticed the same psychological effects fame has on a group of young adults as I did when I was a kid. ”
Sprouse added that he thinks as adults people find it easier to hide it.
His latest role is in the HBO Max romantic comedy Moonshot, starring Lana Condor.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/05/cole-sprouse-says-fame-is-trauma-for-child-stars/ Cole Sprouse says ‘fame is a trauma’ for child stars