HBO documentary Showbiz Kids, directed by former child actor Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Panama Papers) features interviews with former child actors from ET, Mrs. Doubtfire, Diff’rent Strokes and stars including Milla Jovovich, Evan Rachel Wood, Jada Pinkett Smith, Wil Wheaton and more.
Showbiz Kids offers an unvarnished look at the high-risk, high-reward business of working as a child actor in the entertainment industry. Written and directed by former child actor Alex Winter (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, The Panama Papers), the film chronicles the shared experiences of prominent former child stars and the personal and professional price of fame and failure on a child.
The film features a wealth of intimate, revealing interviews with successful child actors such as Henry Thomas, who starred in E.T. at the age of 11; Mara Wilson, who first appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire at the age of 6; Todd Bridges, who was on TV’s Diff’rent Strokes beginning at age 13; the late Cameron Boyce, star of Disney TV’s Jessie at age 12; Milla Jovovich; Evan Rachel Wood; Jada Pinkett Smith; Wil Wheaton and more.
The film also follows two aspiring young hopefuls and their parents as they unpack their own complicated experiences and reconcile the sacrifices they’ve made on their way to finding success in show business while maintaining a healthy childhood with friends and family.
8:30pm Wednesday August 5 on FOX Showcase.