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    Celebrities Are Sharing What Being A Child Star Really Takes

    "My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited. It still gives my nervous system a reaction to say it. There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn't know what they were doing. And also cases where they did — they knew exactly what they were doing." — Selena Gomez

    The ethics of child acting have always been a contested subject, and even more so in recent years. While some young stars are surrounded by a positive support system, many are not properly protected.

    Jennette Mccurdy at the 2011 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards

    1. Jennette McCurdy

    Jennette McCurdy, 30, a former Nickelodeon star, poses for a portrait at a studio in Downtown Los Angeles

    2. Beyoncé

    Destiny's Child at an awards show

    3. Daniel Radcliffe

    Daniel Radcliffe poses for a portrait shot

    4. Drew Barrymore

    Actress Drew Barrymore poses for a portrait for "Irreconcilable Differences"

    5. Aaron Carter

    Aaron Carter performing at a show

    6. Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus stars as Miley Stewart on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana"

    7. Raven-Symoné

    Seven-year-old Raven-Symoné gives her father a hug

    8. Macaulay Culkin

    Macaulay Culkin at the 1991 Golden Globe Awards

    9. Ariel Winter

    Ariel Winter at the World Premiere "Speed Racer"

    10. Rivkah Reyes

    Rivkah Reyes atttends the School of Rock Broadway opening

    11. Shirley Temple

    Shirley Temple signs a contract with her parents

    12. Selena Gomez

    Selena Gomez on the set of 'Only Murders in the Building'

    13. Regina King

    Regina King at the red carpet at the Oscars

    14. Kirsten Dunst

    Kirsten Dunst at the 11th Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards

    15. Mara Wilson

    Mara Wilson during an interview with host Jay Leno

    16. Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman on the set of the film "Leon"

    17. Amanda Bynes

    18. Lindsay Lohan

    Lindsay Lohan poses for a picture on the set of the show Bette

    19. Hilary Duff

    Hilary Duff looks out a rain-covered window

    Which other child stars have spoken out about their experiences?