Demi Lovato is back with a new documentary, different from the previous ones centered on her life, and set to mark her directorial debut.
Fans would recall that Lovato released “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated” in 2017 and “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil” in 2021. However, her latest project will see her in a different light.
Demi Lovato Will Make Her Directorial Debut With Hulu’s Documentary ‘Child Star’
The Disney alum has some exciting news for her fans, and she wasted no time announcing her directorial debut with Hulu’s “Child Star.” She took to her Instagram Story with a screenshot of an article from Deadline, elaborating on her newest deed.
Although she only captured the headline and introductory sentence, fans get the whole picture and are no doubt thrilled for her. “Demi Lovato Making Directorial Debut With ‘Child Star’ Documentary at Hulu,” the headline read, and the piece featured a picture of the musician doing some director work alongside another female.
She captioned the post with a note of glee, expressing her anticipation. In her words, “So excited for this!! Can’t wait to share some powerful stories.” According to Deadline, the production with the working title “Child Star” will “deconstruct the highs and lows of growing up in the spotlight through the lens of some of the world’s most famous former child stars.”
Among the documented stars is Lovato, though the other cast members are yet to be revealed. Nevertheless, the film will explore how “their rise to fame, fortune, and power affects their future.” Each star’s experience growing up in the spotlight will be recounted through personal conversations led by the “Heart Attack” singer using recordings and archival material.
Lovato believed the project was perfect for marking her directorial debut as it was “close to home” and “sheds light on important messages about growing up in the public eye.” She also implied that such an experience would show viewers how the child stars had to learn to protect their boundaries and become advocates of their destinies.
The 30-year-old added, “I’m humbled to be able to learn from the individuals who have lived the unique experience of child stardom and share their stories in our film.”
Nicola Marsh will be joining her to co-direct while the film is being produced by Michael D. Ratner’s OBB Pictures, a division of OBB Media. In addition, Lovato’s production company, DLG, and Scooter Braun’s SB Projects are producing.
Ratner voiced his opinions about the movie in a statement, explaining that the team is “setting out to tell a story that is as timely as ever given our evermore connected world and lack of privacy.” He further noted that the narrative has a “deeply rooted shared nostalgia and is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.”
The OBB Media founder was delighted to work with Lovato and the “talented individuals” participating in the documentary to share their stories authentically. He also conveyed appreciation to be partnering with the “teams at SB Projects and Hulu in bringing their stories to the screen.”
Meanwhile, Belisa Balaban, Hulu Originals’ Senior Vice President, Documentaries and Unscripted Series, said, “At the heart of our documentaries are storytellers with distinct backgrounds and perspectives who leave no page of their stories unturned.
Balaban added that Lovato’s “first-hand experience and personal relationships” were all on full display in the film, which uniquely befits her to the stories Hulu narrates.
The ‘Glee’ Actress Regrets Making Three Documentaries About Her Sobriety Journey
While Lovato remains on cloud nine about making her directorial debut with a documentary, she once revealed her regrets in making three documentaries about her sobriety journey.
In August 2022, The Blast reported that she spoke with Alternative Press, expressing disgust for having to watch herself, which she believed viewers were also tired of. As fans are aware, her three documentaries outlined her battle with sobriety and recovery journey, all released before the “Staying Strong” author turned 30.
“I wish I would have waited until I had my s**t figured out more,” she explained, “because now it’s cemented. Sobriety is what works for me and nothing else.”
In one of her docu-movies, “Dancing With The Devil,” Lovato opened up about her “California sober” era, during which she smoked weed and drank alcohol in moderation, following her drug overdose.