We can all agree that Demi Lovato has been in the spotlight for a long time. Starting as a child actor, she’s been able to immerse herself in the different layers of the film, television, and music industry.
Years later, the Mexican-descent, multi-hyphenated star is now putting to use her personal life experiences to make her directorial debut in a Hulu original feature documentary. The film will focus on former child stars.
“There is no better film or topic for my directorial debut than this story, which is close to home,” Lovato shared in an official statement. “Our project sheds light on important messages about growing up in the public eye, learning to protect our boundaries, and becoming active advocates of our own destinies. I’m humbled to be able to learn from the individuals who have lived the unique experience of child stardom and share their stories in our film.”
According to Deadline, the documentary is tentatively titled Child Stars, and it is set to premiere on Hulu in 2024.
Why it matters that Demi Lovato chose ‘Child Stars’ as her directorial debut
Child Stars will feature intimate interviews with former child stars – but it’s yet to be disclosed who participated. As the official release reads, the film will shine a light on “the changing nature of growing up in an increasingly connected and public world.”
Having Lovato – who uses she/her/they/them pronouns – share her creative direction with this film will further allow her to take charge of her life’s narrative. Child Stars sounds like an attempt to humanize celebrities who have been unfairly scrutinized by the public for too long.
“Demi’s first-hand experience and personal relationships are all on bold display in this poignant and exploratory film,” Belisa Balaban, SVP of documentaries and unscripted series at Hulu Originals, shared in the statement. “Our audience has long been interested in delving into the nuances of pop culture, and Demi’s story – hard truths and all – uniquely suits her to the kind of stories we feel fortunate to tell at Hulu.”
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