Plenty of celebrities have rags-to-riches stories, but when it comes to becoming rich and famous, not all of our favorite stars have struggled with the “rich” part of that equation. Hollywood has quite the group of “legacy” child stars that were born filthy rich or to famous parents who gave them a leg up when it came time to read a script or go after that business deal. Let’s be real, do you think Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, North West, or Blue Ivy are going to struggle with college loan debt? We’ll have to wait and see, but if history repeats itself, these celebrity kids will get a fastpass to easy street.
The real question is: Does growing up with a nice bank account guarantee professional and personal success, or do child stars struggle just like everyone else to earn fame based on their own merits? We’ll let you decide as we take a closer look at some stars who found success at a young age in movies, TV, music, or modeling, but may have had a little help from that proverbial silver spoon.
Twilight star Kristen Stewart grew up in Los Angeles, the daughter of TV producer John Stewart and script supervisor and film director Jules Mann-Stewart. The pair raised Kristen and her two siblings in an Alice in Wonderland-themed mansion, which they later listed for sale at $1.75 million. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, if you ask Kristen about it, like Elle did in 2012, she would tell you that fairy tale life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
“You can learn so much from bad things. I feel boring,” she said of her “sheltered upbringing,” adding, “I feel like, Why is everything so easy for me? I can’t wait for something crazy to f**king happen to me. Just life. I want someone to f**k me over! Do you know what I mean?” (Sorry, we can’t exactly relate.) Anyway, Kristen’s mediocre childhood included plenty of acting gigs, including her critically-acclaimed work in 2002’s Panic Room, in which Kristen plays the role of actress Jodi Foster’s 11-year-old daughter in the film.