5 Stars Discuss How They Handled Growing Up in the Spotlight

Growing up isn’t easy and those difficult teenage years are hard on anyone – but going through all of that while famous must be extra hard. These 5 celebrities have coped amazingly and have spoken on how they handled growing up while in the spotlight. Some admit it wasn’t easy and they had to learn to ignore critics, while others say they were mature from a young age so were able to deal with what came their way. Here are their 5 personal opinions on handling the spotlight as a teenager.

Dakota Fanning


Dakota says she was mature from a very young age so felt she was able to handle it: “It’s hard to explain to someone who didn’t know me as a child. But even before I started working – when I was two, three, four, five – I was an exceptionally mature child. I just was. And my mom and I were able to have conversations like, ‘Do you want to go to California and go to auditions for commercials and TV shows? Is that something you want to do?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a try.'”

Emma Watson

Emma took her time growing up and didn’t feel any pressure to mature: “I’ve never wanted to grow up too fast: I wanted to wear a sportsbra until I was 22! The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman.”

Kristen Stewart

Kristen found being in the spotlight quite frightening at times: “Having that much human energy thrust at you and then being critically analysed is obviously disarming. Control issues make me so nervous. It’s not knowing what’s going to happen. So what people were seeing was what happens when you are terrified. My palms sweat, my knees shake, I don’t think I can stand in my heels, I’m breathing heavily, I feel nauseous.”

Kylie Jenner

Kylie has grown up in the spotlight, but appreciates what fame has given her despite any difficulties: “You just have to come back and realize all of the great things that have come out of it. All of the good you can do with having the spotlight on you and just having your family around you.”

Rumer Willis

Rumer found having her private life in the spotlight quite difficult at first: “I think one of the hardest parts was growing up with having your whole life kind of be on display and have people have an opinion about it. Before you learn how to kind of get a tough skin or to really just have confidence in who you are without letting other people’s opinions affect that, that can sometimes be really hard and really get you down.”