Demi Lovato sat in Drew Barrymore’s TV lounge to honestly open up about her experience as a star who became famous as a child.
The 46-year-old actress introduced her by telling how much she sees herself in her story, given her career had taken off at just 7 years old with the film E.T. the extra-terrestrial.
“ You find yourself in this adult job but you are not an adult. Your colleagues are adults. What are your responsibilities and what you have access to? You’re the one who pays the rent, which is weird. I’ve always rebelled against authority because underneath I thought, ‘I’m the one who pays here.’” began Drew.
Demi Lovato agreed: “My parents did the best they could, there is no manual on how to raise a baby star. And when the baby star backfires, the parents say, ‘You’re grounded for, like, sneaking out at 3:00 in the morning.’ I would say, ‘Well, I’m the one paying the bills, what are you going to do? What can you do to keep me grounded?’
“It was hard but also interesting – continued the 28-year-old – I started working on set at the age of eight in Barney & Friends. So when I was eight I was surrounded by adults and I actually got along more with them than with the other children.”
“For some reason, I’ve always been like this. When I’m around a lot of adults, I feel more comfortable. But adults finish working and go for a drink, and the kids say to each other, what do we do? There was this weird thing if you think about it, especially when you get a teenager in Hollywood and your adult colleagues say they go to the bar after work. You’re 17 and you think, ”What should I do?‘”
“I had this mindset that I was saying: if you want to work with me as an adult, then I can have fun as an adult. But adults didn’t have as much fun as I did,” he concluded.
You can watch this interview yourself in the video from The Drew Barrymore show: