Braveheart star Mhairi Calvey spent a decade battling depression after years of bullying over her childhood fame. Calvey was only six years old when she appeared opposite Mel Gibson in the 1995 historical epic and she has revealed her big break cost her personally as other kids at school picked on her because of the movie.
She tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "During that time, I was bullied a lot and had various issues there... When they (the other kids) found out about Braveheart it led to a lot of bullying and even jealousy from the acting tutors. They tried to make sure I didn't act. I wasn't allowed in any of the school plays. It was a real battle. They used to tell me, 'You can never be an actor'. I used to think, 'No I'm going to be an actor'. It made me more determined."
Calvey was diagnosed with depression at 15 and spent a decade battling the condition, and last year (13) she went into another downward spiral after suffering a series of personal setbacks including a terrifying health scare.
She adds, "A relationship ended, I lost my home and lost a lot of money, everything came crumbling down. My physical health wasn't good. I had ovary problems and operations."
Calvey later found out she is unable to have children, and she credits her therapist with helping her through the difficult time.
She has since set up a charity campaign to support others in a similar situation, and relaunched her acting career. She will next be seen on the big screen in sci-fi thriller Abduct with William B. Davis and Sienna Guillory.
The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik has stepped up her campaign against Hollywood sexism by taking aim at popular kids' movie Frozen, accusing filmmakers of featuring female characters with "Barbie doll proportions". The actress recently used her Kveller.com blog to criticise pop star Ariana Grande for stripping off for an advertising campaign to promote her new album, and she has now set her sights on the animated Disney adventure.
Bialik, who is mother to two sons, claims the film's plot sets a bad example to young girls as it focuses on a woman's quest for a husband, writing, "The search for a man/love/Prince is still the reigning plot line in the movie... My issue is that this is a movie geared to small children who I don't think need to be focusing on that as the main driving plot of a movie... Disney classics were all about this and look where it's gotten us!"
She also takes issue with film's male love interest turning out to be a villain, claiming it promotes "male-bashing", but reserves her most scathing criticism for the way the female characters have been portrayed physically, adding, "The male characters look like cartoon men... Not so with our lead ladies... They have ginormous eyes... Teeny-tiny ski slope noses. Exaggerated delicate ski sloppiness (sic), actually. Barbie doll proportions of their bodies in general: tiny waists, ample busts, and huge heads. They look like dolls."
Bialik concludes, "I know everybody loved Frozen and that I am going to get so much hate for this. But I'm just keeping it real, yo. Or trying."
Actress Kate Hudson keeps her romance with Muse frontman Matt Bellamy on track by refusing to spend more than two weeks away from him and planning regular date nights. The Almost Famous star tells the new issue of Women's Health magazine that the couple often jumps on a plane so they can spend a little quality time together, and she never worries about the distance between them.
Hudson says, "We are not that long distance. And we both travel for work. How I make it work is we try not to spend too much time apart. We try not to spend more than two weeks apart.
"When you have kids it kind of goes without saying. You don't want to be away from your kids for more than two weeks. And we travel together... We are lucky to not have to do the real long distance thing.
"To me, I think when women who have children are fighting overseas, that's long distance. And that's very challenging. I really honour those families that do that."
When Hudson and Bellamy are together, they make time for date nights: "We are lucky to be able to have the ability to take time with each other and make sure we have that time with each other. So date nights for us are all over. From a movie, to dinner, to just not leaving our bed, to concerts. We like our dates."
Actor Jason Bateman struggled to keep composed while filming scenes with Jane Fonda in new comedy drama This Is Where I Leave You, because she had him crying with laughter on camera. The Horrible Bosses star plays Fonda's onscreen son in the film, about a dysfunctional Jewish family which is forced to obey the patriarch's final wish and mourn his death by sitting Shiva for a whole week.
Bateman admits he enjoyed working with movie icon Fonda, but she was so funny in between takes, he couldn't shoot serious scenes with a straight face.
The actor says, "She fully made me cry in scenes where I was not supposed to cry.
"Since I had kids I'm a real (sensitive soul), I cry at commercials... it's terrible... But when Jane Fonda gets going with this great script on top of it, I started to weep a couple times, embarrassingly, and the director had to say, 'We need a couple takes with you where you're dry. Will you shut the faucet off, little girl?'
"But she's so, so great in this movie, you've gotta go see her. She had a real, real presence, a great pedigree that she lends to this film."
And Bateman reveals Fonda had a lot of fun with the pair of prosthetic breasts she wears in the movie.
He adds, "Her character has this incredible, incredible, fake set of breasts for this film... This foam number, it's really well done, and she let everybody line up to touch them... In between takes she'd go out to the street and when people drive by, she'd just have her robe open... She's funny as hell."
Model-turned-actress Amber Valletta is looking for the early signs of addiction in her teenage son after realising there's a family connection to the disease. The 40 year old has been sober for 15 years after struggling with her vices at the height of her catwalk fame.
She went public with her secret addiction battle during a live seminar for wellness website MindBodyGreen.com in July (14), and was stunned when her appearance went viral.
Now she's urging other addicts to keep a close eye on their kids to make sure they don't become problem teens.
Appearing on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday (09Sep14), Valletta says, "We need to stop living in the shadows of pain, and addiction is not something you can fight by sheer willpower. It is a real disease and recovery is possible.
"I see too many people and hear too many people suffering in silence and there is no reason to be ashamed if you have cancer, so there is no reason to be ashamed if you have the disease of addiction.
"I just don't believe it's about willpower... If I could have stopped, I would have stopped. I'm a very strong person, I'm a very powerful woman, I can do many things, but that I could not conquer."
And the actress admits she's determined to make sure her son Auden avoids the pitfalls she was plagued with when her modelling career took off 25 years ago.
She adds, "He's grown up with me being clean. I just tell him that it runs in your family and you definitely need to be careful but I also don't want to be the kind of parent who's not realistic. We live in a world where everything's accessible. I think it's being really smart how you talk to your kids. One time, one thing can be addictive - the first time."
Newlyweds Jenny Mccarthy and Donnie Wahlberg are joining forces with comedian-turned-game show host Drew Carey by offering up $10,000 (£5,882) each as a reward to help Ohio police track down a group of sick pranksters who humiliated an autistic teen and posted the footage online. The celebrities were left disgusted and appalled after hearing about the actions of a group of twisted high school students in Bay Village, Ohio, who tipped urine, faeces and spit over the head of a 14 year old after convincing him to take part in charity phenomenon the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
On Friday (05Sep14), Carey pledged to donate $10,000 as a reward to help cops find the culprits, and now McCarthy, whose son Evan is autistic, and her new husband Wahlberg have agreed to boost the fund to $30,000 (£17,647).
Model-turned-TV personality McCarthy took to her Twitter.com blog on Sunday (07Sep14) and wrote, "I'm joining Drew Carey's 10K reward to find perpetrators behind horrible ALS bucket prank. Now it's 20K!", while New Kids On The Block pop star Wahlberg followed in his wife's footsteps shortly afterwards and tweeted, "If this 'sh**ty' prank was real... Then I am joining @JennyMcCarthy and @DrewFromTV and offering another $10K to the reward! That makes $30K!"
Ja Rule is set to become the latest rapper to front a reality TV series after signing on to let cameras into his home for a new show produced by Queen Latifah and rap mogul Irv Gotti. Follow the Rules, which will feature the hip-hop star, real name Jeffrey Atkins, his wife Aisha, their sons and college-age daughter and his mother and mother-in-law, has been picked up by MTV bosses.
Announcing the news on Thursday (04Sep14), MTV programming president Susanne Daniels says, "Ja Rule is the modern-day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby's role from The Cosby Show. He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage kids that feels fresh and funny. We’re excited to be in business with him and his delightful family."
Actor Chris Pratt helped to surprise families at a children's hospital in California on Wednesday (20Aug14) by visiting the medical facility in his Guardians Of The Galaxy costume. The star teamed up with organisers at Marvel and Children's Miracle Network Hospital to host a special screening of the film at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
During the screening, Pratt slipped out of the room to change into his costume.
He reappeared as Star-Lord and spent hours posing for pictures, signing autographs and handing out movie-themed toys to the young children.
Pratt has previously spoken about his desire to use the film's popularity to be a role model to his son and other kids.
He said, "I stole the jacket and some of the wardrobe so that, if this movie comes out and does what everyone hopes it can, I can follow the example of someone and go visit kids.
"If it was a big enough movie, to where it would mean something to a kid who's sick in the hospital - for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them - I'll do that. I think that's awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?...
"Right now, it means high profile, cool jobs coming up, big press tour, and all the excitement of it all. But none of that really means anything. The coolest things would be that my son can one day see this, and that maybe I can go affect some kids in a positive way; be a good role model for them."
The 1990s were a virtual golden age of televised animation... at least as far as the people who grew up during that decade are concerned. Nickelodeon was no doubt the principal force in churning out quality cartoon programming during the '90s, giving us generation defining entertainment in its slate of original Nicktoons. But which of these memorable entries are our favorites and least favorites? Check out our complete ranking of '90s Nicktoons, and chime in below with your own preferences!
"What if... a cat and a dog were Siamese twins?""Oh, yeah! I guess... I guess that could be something."It wasn't. It was nothing.
12. Oh Yeah! Cartoons
This anthology series is easily the least memorable entry from the '90s Nicktoons slate, but escapes the last place slot for introducing the world to some of the next generation's stronger entries, most notably The Fairly Odd Parents.
11. The Wild Thornberrys
Despite an interesting premise and the whimsy that is Tim Curry's voice over work, The Wild Thornberrys never felt quite like it was on our level. Unlike some of its favorable company, the series always felt like a show that some displaced adults thought that kids would like, but never quite understood why they should.
10. Rocket Power
Call it my lasting aversion to bro culture, but Rocket Power always seemed a little much. Never proving itself particularly clever, funny, or original, the show banked way too hard on just trying to be cool. It was, I guess, but not that cool.
9. Aaahh!! Real Monsters
Once in a while, Aaahh!! Real Monsters was enjoyable enough to check in on. A wide variety of weird, crudely drawn creatures living beneath the Staten Island's Fresh Kills Landfill, surfacing only to scare the wits out of humans (not out of malice, but out for the academic merit in the trade) is good for an occasional chuckle, but wore thin pretty quickly.
For the blossoming comic book fan, KaBlam! had a special appeal. But while the anthology series had a few consistently delightful shorts (like Action League Now!) it was very clear why most members of its ensemble never earned their own series proper.
7. SpongeBob SquarePants
Though really a cartoon belonging to the post-'90s youth, SpongeBob's debut in '99 makes it viable for ranking. In truth, the show has evolved into something relatively impressive, even if its unfathomable giddiness can deter viewers brought up on the darker fare of Nickelodeon's earlier days (as you'll see below...).
The only real fault of the technically stellar and remarkably earnest cartoon is that we got too old for it. Sure, Rugrats never talked down to its audience, nor did it insinuate that a young slate of stars entailed a young demographic of viewers. But the show, a very funny exercise in embracing new perspectives on the day-to-day, just didn't do quite enough to keep us hooked as we went onto more mature fare.
5. The Ren & Stimpy Show
Easily the most divisive show on the list, Ren & Stimpy can be respected even by those who find it disgusting for its sheer ambition... and weirdness. Though heavy-handed and abrasive in its comedy, the show had no shortage of imagination.
Required viewing for anybody growing up with a double dose of anxiety, Doug has earned a very special place in the heart of most children of the '90s. The original Nicktoon was sweet, ethical, and effectively wacky while maintaining unmatched sincerity. Though a viable contender for the top tier of this list, Doug is given the No. 4 spot for not quite managing to escape the myopic, claustrophobic feeling that its superior brethren were able to dash to pieces. But still one of the greats.
3. Hey Arnold!
In a way, Hey Arnold! was the precise complement to Doug. Whereas Arnold's Bluffingtonian predecessor struggled with the neuroses within him, the football-headed stoic played the sane man in a world of crazy. Cool, calm, and good-hearted, Arnold navigated a New York City filled with abject lunacy, charged with maintaining justice and order throughout each of his journeys. Colorful and funny, though always a bit melancholy, Hey Arnold! is Nickelodeon's answer to beat poetry.
2. The Angry Beavers
A dark horse No. 2, but truly the most clever and mature cartoon to air on Nickelodeon. Riddled with whip-smart dialogue and ahead-of-its-time pop culture parody, as well as unparalleled devotion to continuity as far as these series go, Angry Beavers is an overlooked gem among the more flashy or earthy Nicktoons.
1. Rocko's Modern Life
There are many programs on this list that rival Rocko's Modern Life in weirdness, that come close in mania, that top it in empathy, and that give it a run for its money in wit. So why, then, does it stand out in our minds as the very best work of art to come out of Nickelodeon's animated community to date? Why is some small-scale, scatterbrained show about a mild-mannered wallaby dealing with mundane qualms like laundry, food shopping, recycling, romance, and breaking his pal out of Heck the most piercingly lovable title that the network has to its name? We don't know what gives Rocko that wow factor, but we can guess.
Which is your favorite Nicktoon?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain Minae Noji has created an uplifting blog to help young fans cope with life issues. The actress plays Shredder's sidekick Karai in the hit new film, but she insists she's a good person in real life - and she's all about helping struggling fans.
She tells U.S. news show Hollywood Today Live, "I created it (my blog) as a place to share love. What's great is that a lot of the fans are kids who are troubled and so they go there for a place to feel loved."