Empathy for Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan from former child star

Child Star-itis. It happens to some actors who cannot handle fame early and then crack under the strain of too much, too soon.

Yet some people manage to avoid the pitfalls. Emma Watson, now a Brown University student, after a lucrative run in the Harry Potter franchise.  Brooke Shields, a working actress and mother, educated and successful. Dr. Damon Raskin, a board certified internist and addiction specialist who funded his medical school education from his childhood acting (Eight is Enough).

But for some like tabloid darlings Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, the path to a normal life is just not happening.  Former child actor Rick Schroder says the troubles surrounding both Lohan and Bynes is tragic.

“My heart goes out to them because they’re in a place that’s not good and there’s a lot of people around them that don’t care about them and want to capitalize on it,” the 43-year-old actor told ABC News Now. “I feel bad for them.”

Schroder added: “I just wish that some people would intervene on their behalf.”


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