Is Britney’s Burnout A Warning?

October 23, 2004 By Jordan Miller

posted October 23, 2004 12:09 PM
Britney Spears has said enough is enough, putting the blame for her burn out squarely on the shoulders of her advisors, which she says has forced her to sign off indefinitely.

While there is no question about the demands of young stardom, could Brit’s burn out have a ripple effect on the rest of young Hollywood?

Access Hollywood talked to some of Hollywood’s hottest young stars to find out.

“I think every career is different and everyone takes a specific path,” 18-year-old “OC” star Mischa Barton told us.

Fellow 18-year-old Lindsay Lohan said the lures that come with celebrity can be dangerous. And as someone who became an instant star at age 11 after starring in “The Parent Trap,” Lindsay ought to know.

“I think it’s scary because you’re young and you don’t really know how to manage certain things that you’re doing yet,” she admits.

Lindsay said the key to coping is avoiding the trap of “yes” people.

“People aren’t afraid around me to tell me, ‘You can’t do this’ or ‘You shouldn’t do that,'” she added.

Mandy Moore got her first record deal when she was just 14 and she’s been making music and movies ever since.

“I’ve definitely grown up faster [than kids my own age]. I mean at 14, I was kind of thrust into an adult world with more responsibilities than I ever could have imagined, but my life just took a bit of a different path,” Moore explained.

And that path is not uncommon for young stars, as most do end up missing out on the ordinary milestones of adolescence. According to child psychologist Wendy Lader, that fact can lead to rebellion as the kids get older.

“They might start drinking, partying, maybe be promiscuous in *** — anything to assert their independence, basically,” Dr. Lader told us.

But she also said that good parenting can go a long way. And that’s something Hilary Duff, who’s been in the biz since she was 6, has had her whole life.

“My mom is strong and she’s from Texas and she’s not gonna put up with stuff, you know? She knows what’s best for me and we talk,” Duff revealed.

“We don’t do that ‘star thing’ you know,” Hilary’s mom, Susan, told us. “She bathes the dog, she’s got her chores.”

It’s that kind of grounding in everyday activities that has helped keep a good head on Hilary’s shoulders. Even at the age of 15, seemed she had it all figured out.

“I think you can’t get burnt out. You can’t get all crazy,” she concluded. “You have to be careful and you have not overexpose yourself and pick the right projects and work really hard.