It's tough being a child actor. If you have a hit, heavy expectations can be placed upon you. If not, it can feel as though the whole world is rejecting you. Those and other factors, including the stress of long work hours and the pressure from adults to be “on” all the time, have led more than a few young performers down a bad road. The list of famous names who struggled with substance use or worse is long.
In happier cases, the child actors take a reprieve in order to get themselves together then return once they feel more ready to handle the pressures of fame. The following child stars all did that, going on a break before returning triumphantly. Some did it intentionally to pursue an education or another personal interest. Others had the break thrust upon them but used it to grow and recalculate what they wanted from their careers. Either way, they eventually emerged to re-establish their awesomeness.
Vote up your favorite child actors who came back and nailed it.
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