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This Former Child Star Says Making Kids Famous is ‘Child Abuse’

She's not the only one who thinks so.

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Christina Ricci may have been a child star, but don’t expect the same for her four-year-old son. In a recent interview with The New York Post, the actress said that she thinks it’s “child abuse” to put kids in the spotlight at a young age.

“I feel it’s child abuse to make your child famous,” Ricci explained to The Post during New York Fashion Week. “Once [Freddie is] an adult, and he studies, and he understands that it’s an art form, then he can pursue an acting career if he’d like.”

The 38-year-old made her debut in entertainment back in 1990 when she starred in the film Mermaids at the age of nine. And while Ricci previously told PEOPLE that she “had some incredible experiences and loved working as a child,” she now admits that as a parent, she would never put her own child through that.

“Being famous is not good for children, it’s just not. We have a million examples of why it’s not good for children,” she said in the same interview. “I’m just not going to risk it. Why would you put the most precious thing in your life up for that?”

Ricci isn’t the only celeb taking a stand against kids in show biz. On Good Morning America last year, Ryan Reynolds, actor and dad of two, called it a “crazy pursuit,” adding that, “I don’t know why you would put your kid in show business.”

And their stance may have some weight. After all, there are plenty of examples of child stars who grew up to lead very troubled lives, including rehab, drug arrests, and DUIs.

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