Child stars, the objects of our culture’s raging youth fetish, are not supposed to grow up. When they do, we regard them with fascination, concern, and embarrassment, like younger cousins who show up drunk to a family barbecue. The best option for the ageing child star may be to reinvent themselves so completely that they sever their current image entirely from the former one lingering in the public imagination. […]
Indiana Seresin is an MPhil student in English at Cambridge. She mainly writes about intimacy and affect in black diasporic literature and science fiction, and has an intellectual – but not experiential – interest in heterosexuality.