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Christy Carlson Romano Opened Up About The Financial Side Of Being A Child Star In A Heartbreaking New Video

"This is how I blew all my Disney money."

Christy Carlson Romano is getting real about her financial journey.

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In case you need a quick refresh, Christy started working for Disney when she was just a teenager back in the early '00s. You might remember Christy as the star of Even Stevens or the voice of Kim Possible.

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In a new video posted to her YouTube channel, Christy explained, "How I blew all my Disney money."

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"I really regret not investing my money wisely β€” I didn't get a house. I didn't take any money and store it away," Christy began. Although she did start to attend college with some of the money to minimize her student debt, she left a year and a half in.

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"I had this money at my disposal. I was never told how much money I was making, money didn't have a purpose for me. I didn't really know what it was; I just knew that I had it, and I didn't care about it."

In particular, Christy said that she was surrounded by people β€” including someone she was dating β€” who made her feel as if she wasn't good enough: "I felt like if I could just buy certain things, I would feel better, or if I just lived a certain lifestyle, I would be closer to that joy of feeling accepted and a lot less alone because I felt really dumb for not knowing about my money, and I never really made peace with that. Even to this day, there's nothing I can really do about the fact that money came and went."

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Some of the big items Christy bought included aΒ '72 Corvette that she never drove, a Mercedes G Wagon, and a psychic who she says took a lot of her money.

"When I was 21, I had a record deal. I had a book deal. In that year, I made just about a million dollars β€” in that same year, I spent it," Christy continued. "It's really sad."

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"My biggest thing about child actors β€” you aren't told that the work is going to slow down. In fact, I was told the opposite, specifically by my mom, some of my team, even my money manager at the time. 'Oh don't worry, the residuals come; you're going to keep making money.' It's interesting, it bred a sort of contempt in me. It's a tremendous amount of pressure, and I think I self-destructed."

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Christy then says that she started doing movies purely for financial reasons, which took the joy out of her work. "There was a specific movie that I actually did that I'm not proud of," Christy continued, referring to Mirrors 2. "I did a nude scene. I had never thought in a million years that I would ever do something like this β€” I was America's sweetheart, morally sound in my mind. I believed in the Disney magic; I still do. I felt so exploited, marked, and horrible."

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Nowadays, Christy says that she's "OK" and making money from monetizing her YouTube channel and doing sponsored content. "If you're having a hard time, know that I have had a hard time too," she concluded. "Build small and make sure that you're doing things that are smart β€” that can make you money, not break you."

You can watch the full video here.

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