He may have taught us that the human head weighs eight pounds and that bees and dogs can smell fear, but actor Jonathan Lipnicki is now back with a new revelation, opening up about the bullying and depression he endured because of his days as child star.
This week Lipnicki, who you'll remember from his roles in films such as Jerry Maguire, Stuart Little and The Little Vampire, took to Instagram to bravely tell followers about the struggles he went through during his school years. As a teenager Lipnicki says that found himself cruelly bullied, being told by fellow students he was "a has-been" who "who never book a job again."
In the post the 26-year-old confessed that the taunts resulted in him suffering from daily panic attacks, and that he felt totally humiliated. However he finished the post with a hopeful message for others to follow their dreams as he did.
Lipnicki later followed up his first post remarking that it was "scary to share the most personal stuff that has happened" to him, and that he wasn't looking for sympathy, but merely hoped that sharing his experience would be useful to other kids in similar positions.
As for those bullies who said Lipnicki would never book work again, well they couldn't be more wrong. As said in the Instagram post, the star has now made more films as an adult than he ever did as a child actor, and while they might not be big studio films his resumé is still very impressive. In the last two years alone Lipnicki has appeared in Rock in a Hard Place, TMI Hollywood, Interns of F.I.E.L.D., Arlo: The Burping Pig, Loserville and Boone: The Bounty Hunter. The former child star shows no signs of slowing down either, with eight upcoming projects just in 2017!
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While Lipnicki is one of the lucky ones, many child stars have found themselves the target of bullies following their big breaks. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace star Jake Lloyd has spoken out about how he was mercilessly bullied after his role in the prequel film, as has E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial star, Henry Thomas. And as we know, countless child stars have turned to self-destructive behavior as a way of dealing with the pressures of stardom.
Thankfully after all these years it seems like Lipnicki has remained remarkably grounded for a former child star, and such honest admissions are destined only to help those who might be in similar positions.
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