Former Disney stars like Miley Cyrus have often spoken about the weird world of child stardom. And now, Bella Thorne is speaking out about the weird things she had to do when she was a star on Shake It Up. In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, for which she poses in Marilyn Monroe-style portraits, Bella says she only figured out who she really was after the show wrapped.
Bella started modeling when she was just six weeks old, and her mother served as her momager until recently. Her mom wanted her to be a singer, but she eventually found work on shows like Entourage, The O.C., and Big Love. But it was on Disney's Shake It Up where she became a household name.
But Bella says being in the Disney talent machine meant changing parts of who she was. She said she had to change her normally low voice to a higher one because executives didn't think a low voice would appeal to young audiences. That seems to be the case in this clip from when she was celebrating her 13th birthday:
Compare that to two years later, and you can hear her voice is much lower. It's hard to tell whether the change was natural or a purposeful decision.
Bella also says when she was photographed wearing a bathing suit when she was 14, Disney yelled at her. "My mom was so scared after that, for them firing us and us losing our house, so it was kind of like, 'Don't be yourself, just be good,'" Bella said.
After Shake It Off ended in 2013, Bella said she figured out who she really was. She spoke with her normal voice and dressed more like a tomboy. And finally, she moved out of her mother's house and tried rebellious stuff like dyeing her hair crazy colors. But she said people wouldn't cast her in new projects for a while because she was "so Disney." "People will ask me, 'Who are you now?' But this is who I've really been-you just didn't see me before," she said. "I was just a puppet. I wasn't allowed to make my own decisions or think for myself in any way."
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