Alyson Stoner is finally opening up about the struggles of child stardom and how it has impacted her way of life.
Stoner has been in the industry since she was very young and was considered a veteran actor by the time she became a teenager. Unfortunately, the pressure of child stardom took a toll on her.
“It’s hard to describe being a provider at 6 years old,” she says. “There’s a very strenuous, often co-dependent dynamic with family and team members, and I veer away from criminalizing any one person or event because there are too many layers and grey areas. Frankly, I will never move forward if I stay trapped in regret and resentment.”
She began to suffer from health problems including severe anxiety that led to heart palpitations, hair loss, and seizures. The pressure to be perfect and keep going eventually led to battles with anorexia nervosa, exercise bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.
She is using Stripped Bare as an anthem to say that despite her past struggles, “this is me. My best has yet to come.”
“Shaving my head is an act of mental health and confidence, not self-destruction,” she says. “I can’t tell you how many beliefs and opinions and insecurities fell to the floor with every tuft of hair, and I’m leaving them there. I’m shedding one era and rising as a new being in real time.”