Bella Thorne didn’t have the best of luck rising to fame because of her association to Disney. The actress revealed to Harper’s Bazaar that the industry wasn’t taking her seriously. “Not only did fans pigeonhole me, but casting directors wouldn’t read me anymore,” she said. “They were like, ‘No, we don’t want her to come in because she’s so Disney.’ I had to literally beg for an audition.”
The 19-year-old went on to prove people wrong and is now set to star in Midnight Sun with Patrick Schwarzenegger later this year and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with Jessica Chastain and Natalie Portman. Thorne adds, “[A casting director] shook my hand in the audition and was like, ‘I’m really sorry, I totally misjudged you, you’re a great actress.’”
Currently, Bella stars in Freeform’s Famous in Love as Paige Townsend, a young girl who becomes a superstar overnight and has to figure out how to navigate her new celebrity lifestyle.
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As an actress who is trying to navigate her real-life in the spotlight, Thorne admits that it does get difficult at times. “You make so many mistakes when you’re young, but [as a celebrity] your mistakes are so harshly judged by everyone around the world. When you’re the most hated person on the Internet, then it’s not so fun.” It is with these negative comments that Bella has been able to learn to face them, whether it means laughing it off or speaking up for herself.