If you were an OG Disney Channel fan, Demi Lovato’s next project — her directorial debut — might just pique your interest.
On March 16, Hulu Originals confirmed that production has begun on Child Star, the working title of Demi's new documentary. Per Hulu Originals' official statement, the film “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, including Lovato” and “explore how children are propelled to superstardom at a young age and how their rise to fame, fortune and power affects their futures.”
Demi Lovato will make her debut as a director by co-directing the doc with filmmaker Nicola Marsh. Child Star will be produced by OBB Pictures, SB Projects, and Demi's own production company, DLG.
Child Star is currently expected to stream exclusively on Hulu in 2024, and aims to “pull back the curtain” on the complex — and oftentime tragic — realities of child stardom. “Through intimate conversations led by Lovato" and the use of archival footage, it seems as though the documentary intends to champion the stories of former child stars instead of sensationalize them. “The film will reach beyond the traditional narratives seen in op-eds and tabloids to consider the changing nature of growing up in an increasingly connected and public world,” reads the official press release.
"There is no better film or topic for my directorial debut than this story, which is close to home," Demi said in a statement about Child Star. “Our project sheds light on important messages about growing up in the public eye, learning to protect our boundaries, and becoming active advocates of our own destinies. 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.”