Amanda Bynes, Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan—why do child stars who a seem to have it all by the time they reach their mid-teens go off the rails? If anyone should know, it's a former child star herself! Former actress Mara Wilson (pictured here in 1996) is weighing in on why she thinks child stars go off the rails Mara Wilson, who starred in Mrs Doubtfire at the young age of six, is weighing in on the issue in an article for Cracked.com —and OKMagazine.com has all the details. Watch: See Why Amanda Bynes Once Swore She Would Never Be Like Lindsay Lohan Wilson, now 25, went on to star in Miracle on 34th Street alongside Dylan McDermott and Matilda with Danny DeVito before hanging up her child star spurs in favor of studying journalism at NYU, lists seven of the key reasons "not many child stars make it out of Hollywood alive or sane." Macaulay Culkin has had a tough ride since he shot to fame in Home Alone back in 1990—he is estranged from both parents Point Seven: Their Parents Wont Help Them Wilson explains that although her own parents tried to dissuade her from acting when she was a kid, many other child stars are actually pushed into the business by their folks, leading the child to resent they parents later in life. OK! News: Lessons Amanda Bynes Could Learn From Other Troubled Starlets Sadly, often the child star becomes a cash cow for the rest of the family to live off, and is pushed further to keep on earning, Wilson mentions one sad example of a former child co-star she worked with. Lindsay Lohan has been in the limelight since she started modeling at age three, she is currently in rehab for the SIXTH time "When one of my preteen co-stars didn't seem that into acting, I asked him why he even bothered doing it," she writes. "'For the money,' he said. I hadn't considered that. My own money was an abstract concept: locked in a bank somewhere, to be used only after I turned 18. I was just acting because I liked it. But this kid was supporting his family." OK! Photos: From Fresh Faced To Behind Bars—Amanda Bynes Downward Spiral Point Six: Their Parents CAN'T Help Them Bringing up Miley Cyrus as an example—after she went through a spate of scandals back in 2010 her father, Billy Ray, admitted that he had very little control over his teen daughter who shot to fame on Hannah Montana, and that her Disney entourage had taken over—Wilson says that her own parents, who were actively involved in her life found they were losing control, citing an incident on the red carpet as proof of her point. "When I was 7, I went to the premiere for the movie Nine Months. I don't remember much about the movie beyond Hugh Grant stammering and some placenta jokes, but I do remember a red carpet reporter asking me my opinion about Hugh Grant getting busted for prostitution." Amanda Bynes is raising concerns over her ever increasingly bizarre behavior and multiple arrests As crazy as that seems, Wilson says after her father called to complain about the line of questioning, his concerns were completely ignored. "Even then, as a kid, I knew that parental power was gone," she writes. Ashley Tisdale's Crazed Fan Has Turned Stalker Status Point Five: They Get Used to Love and Attention, and Then Lose It Wilson shares that during filming of Mrs Doubtfire she was given lavish gifts by every cast member, but that her parents tried their best—and managed to succeed at—keeping her grounded. Wilson, who quit Hollywood to sudy journalism at NYU, starred alongside Danny DeVito in 1996 hit, Matilda She goes on to say that not every child star is so lucky though. OK! News: Is Teen Mom Jenelle Evans Pregnant Again? "Combine the regular amount of free stuff celebrities get with all the presents people give kids just for being cute, and you've got a recipe for one spoiled-ass child," she writes. Point Four: They Have Been Sexually Exploited Using Brooke Shields and Natalie Portman as two of her examples (she also lists Corey Feldman, Corey Haim and Todd Bridges) Wilson explains that "to be a teen idol is to be vulnerable." Lindsay was just 18 when she was snapped drinking beer in 2005—she checked in for her first stint in rehab shortly after "Brooke Shields has said that being a sex object led her to feel like she wasn't in control of her own body, and is one of the reasons she didn't have sex until she was 22," Mara writes. "Natalie Portman has said similar things." Point Three: They Need To Rebel, But Can't Wilson admits that the main reason she didn't get into "partying" when she was a teen was because she was afraid of people finding out, including her parents, who actually cared! OK! Investigates: See How Much the Stars of Teen Mom 2 Are Earning As she points out though, not all teen stars are in the same boat. Bynes, pictured here with Frankie Muniz in 2000, started acting at just age seven "Having to live up to your fan base is a little like having to deal with a million strict parents who don't actually love you," she writes. "They reward you for your cuteness and cleverness, but are quick to judge and punish. And they do not want you ever to grow up. How do you react? The way any sullen teenager does: You get resentful, and as soon as you have the freedom, you act out." OK! News: You'll Never Guess How Farrah Abraham Plans to Celebrate Her Birthday "But when they get older, they have more freedom. They also have money and little to no experience making decisions for themselves, so their rebellions are going to be on a much larger scale. The whole world will see it," she continues. Lindsay, pictured here in 2003, hit the big time when she was 11 after starring in 1998 hit, The Parent Trap Point Two: They Don't Know What Else to Do Wilson uses everyone's favorite child star train wreck as her prime example: "If I were to talk to Lindsay Lohan, I'd encourage her to get the hell out of acting and into something soothing. Take up botany or something," she writes. Billy Ray Cyrus admitted in 2010 that he had "very little control" over then-teenage daughter Miley "It's because she's been acting all her life, she has little education, and in her mind, there's nothing else she could do." Point One: They Can’t Escape It Wilson finishes by stating that although she dropped out of the limelight, and lives a regular life in a two bed apartment in NYC, she still sometimes get recognized! However, she says this has given her something "to not only live up to, but surpass." You can read the full article on Cracked.com Why do you think child stars go of the rails? 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When more than one celeb starts holding onto (pun intended) a certain style handbag, we know it's a trend worth looking into. These fashionistas have an eye for accessories, so pay strict attention to the carry-all's in their hands—the inspiration never ends. Make a note, handbag hoarders! The new celebrity purse of the moment seems like it's of Coach's edgy Krink Collection. Instead of the signature "C" print, the tote is a tad more abstract. The geographic bags are actually inspired by New York street artist Craig Costello's work. OK! News: Trend to Try Tuesday: Double Slit Skirts So who's been carrying the Krink Leather Weekend Tote? Minka Kelly has been spotted sportin' the black and white style. And in this pic, we have to say it was the perfect addition to her ensemble. Still wondering why are we so in love with this celeb's pick? Well, for one, Minka isn't the only celeb rockin' it. Christina Hendricks has also been seen carrying this particular beauty around, too! Photos: Celebs Rockin' Cute Shorts Watch: Kim Zolciak Tells OK! What She Keeps in Her Diaper Bag What do you think of this style? Do you have a favorite Coach bag? Tweet @OKMagazine and leave a comment below.
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