Former child star Amanda Bynes is … not doing well. Perhaps you’ve heard? And everyone seems to have an opinion on the troubled starlet du jour, including a panel of former child stars assembled by Katie Couric this week.
First, a refresher: Within the last few weeks, Bynes has (allegedly) thrown a bong out her window in front of the police, claimed she’s gotten a second nose job and is planning a third, shown up in court wearing a disheveled long blonde wig, been evicted, and tweeted things like, “My dad is as ugly as RuPaul!”
Couric invited former child stars including Jaleel White (Steve Urkel), Jonathan Lipnicki (from Jerry Maguire), Candace Cameron Bure (DJ on “Full House”), Karyn Parsons (from “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air”), and Matilda cutie Mara Wilson, now a 25-year-old writer, who recently wrote a funny, perceptive piece for Cracked on why child stars “go crazy.”
“We have seen this story replay with Lindsay Lohan, and I just feel that these young people are really struggling,” Wilson told Couric. “It is very sad and I feel for them, I feel empathy for them. I feel like Lindsay Lohan for example, she didn’t have a chance. She was put in acting when she was very young and she hasn’t done anything else.”
Wilson added, “Amanda Bynes, I think, has been in the public eye a lot. She had her own television show when she was 10 or 11, she had so much power, she had so much going on, and now she doesn’t have that anymore. She doesn’t have a steady career anymore.”
Couric asked White, who appeared in a 2002 movie with Bynes, what he thought about her recent troubles. “I don’t know, it comes from a very interesting, spiritual place,” he said. “All I can really do is pray for her, to be quite honest.”