Disney produces some of the most talented actors, singers and child stars on record.
All these stars got their big breaks on Disney, and all of them have been candid about the good and bad of growing up as a Disney child star.
“Even Stevens” was another popular Disney Channel show which introduced the world to Louis and Ren Stevens played by Shia LaBeouf and Christy Carlson Romano.
It’s no secret LaBeouf has had his fair share of run-ins with the law, scandals, controversies, and lawsuits over the years.
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Shia’s on-screen sister, Romano, recently revealed on TikTok that she is five years sober.
In a video posted to the platform on Tuesday, July 18, Romano is seen sitting on her floor lip-syncing to Drake’s “Know Yourself.”
Text pops up on the screen that reads, “Graduated from IVY League, Sober for 5 years, Have two daughters.”
@christycarlsonromano##DeepRealization life hits you hard sometimes…♬ Know Yourself – Drake
The “Even Stevens” star captioned the video, “#DeepRealization life hits you hard sometimes…”
Many of her fans had no idea she struggled with her sobriety and were surprised by the video.
One fan commented, “Didn’t know you struggled with sobriety. Proud of you and hope you continue winning.”
“Sober wow never knew awesome you’re the best such a fan since I was younger,” another commented.
Another fan going through their own sobriety journey thanked the actress for sharing the news and noted they were one month sober.
The voice behind Kim Possible opened up about her alcohol abuse journey in a Teen Vogue essay in 2018.
In her essay Romano wrote, “I won’t be the last child actor to tell you the pitfalls of early-onset fame. While many witnessed my costar Shia LaBeouf struggle publicly, I have largely suffered in silence.”
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She continued, “I am not a victim, but I have never been perfect or pulled together as my reputation or the successes of my young adulthood might suggest. During a period of time in my life, I grappled with depression, drinking, and more, desperate to find fixes for how I felt.”
Romano had no idea what her “Even Stevens” fame would cause her.
“Nothing could have prepared me for fame and the responsibilities that came with being on television screens everywhere,” she admitted.
Romano enrolled in an IVY League school but dropped out soon after. She went to Broadway at 19-years-old and that is where her binge-drinking escalated.
“What I didn’t realize was that starring in a Broadway show was very hard work for a 19-year-old. I was highly criticized for my youth, which fueled my desire to prove everybody wrong. I became a bit harder-edged, binge-drank more at loud nightclubs, and started to accept the transient natures of love, sex, and friendship,” the actress revealed.