Being a child star in Hollywood is no walk in the park. Stars like Lindsay Lohan, Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus have been making headlines for their naughty behavior, but being bad is sooo last decade.
The New Year is all about positivity and being successful without getting off track. Stars like Ashley Tisdale, iCarly's Miranda Cosgrove, AnnaLynne McCord and more talked to Hollyscoop about the pressures of fame and what keeps them grounded.
"You just never know with everybody, where they are and what's going on in their life. For me my family has always kept me really grounded and I just have always gone to regular school my whole life and had this as my job. I've always separated it," Ashley Tisdale told Hollyscoop at the 2011 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday night.
She added, "I have a normal life at home and this is what I do for a living and I love it. I don't ever take it for granted. I just got into the whole Hollywood scene. Just because I live in Hollywood doesn't mean I have to be Hollywood; I guess you could say."
If anyone knows what it's like being under a microscope right now it's iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove. Miranda makes $180,000 an episode on iCarly, making her the second highest paid child star on television, but she refuses to let fame get to her.
She jokingly told Hollyscoop, "I don't drive, just kidding. I actually just passed drivers ED that's exciting," adding, "A big part of it is just my family. I've lived in LA my whole life and my mom comes with me everywhere. I also have a close group of friends."
90210 star AnnaLynne McCord has just one piece of advice--stay away from booze! "I don't drink so I can't get drunk and fall off a bar," she told Hollyscoop. "I actually would be most likely to fall off the bar sober, which is sad."
She added, "I feel really blessed to be in this position. I feel like it's my obligation to keep a strong face. I work several charities that I support and like to raise awareness for them. I like to say thank you to everyone who has put me here with their support and sheer positivity, I feel blessed."
Actress Malin Akerman knows a thing or two about troubled actresses. She recently replaced Lindsay Lohan in 'Inferno' because Lilo became so unreliable.
"Everyone has their own path and everyone makes it in such a different way so it's so hard to give advice," she told Hollyscoop. "I really wouldn't have anything to say or give back. I hope the best for everyone and hope they find their way."
But according to Vanessa Williams, it's all about finding your passion. "Find something you love and get good at it. Fame is one thing, but being good at something is a lot more important and that will give you longevity. If you want to act get into production do summer theatre, community theatre, do the theatre that is in your high school. If you want to sing get training it doesn't happen over night."
Wise words from women who have been on top, and continue to reign. Lindsay, Miley and Demi: hope you're taking notes!