When you think of successful child turned adult actors, you most definitely think of Mae Whitman.
You might remember her from Independence Day, or Hope Floats, or even as the voice of Tinker Bell — our favorite — then, and now, you know her from The DUFF, or Parenthood, or as that one girl in the Gilmore Girls revival who scores a free donut from Lorelai.
“Growing up as a kid actor, I feel like it could really go either way. I can see how it could be such a horrible struggle. It’s tricky,” Mae dished in her interview at Build Series about the transition.
“I feel like, in anything, if you don’t feel like people have your back, it can lead you down a bad place, whether you’re a kid or an adult.”
She adds, “I luckily had a super strong family base. My parents have always been so amazing and [are] my heroes. They really were so careful all along the way to choose projects that were with good people and honest people, and also they really gave me the gift of choosing if I wanted to do something or not. They were always like, ‘What’s inside your heart is the most important.’”
Now, Mae has a new animated movie, Rock Dog (which opens on Friday), AND just got cast in NBC’s Good Girls.