Many child actors who grow up in showbiz wind up on the shoals of anonymity at 20. But Laura Dern is one shining exception. Born into a show business family, Laura was performing professionally by the time she was 13. But her mother, actress Diane Ladd, imposed strict rules for her daughter.
"Luckily for me I had both - with my grandmother and my mother particularly - both my parents, but I was living with my mom most of the time. (They had) a real longing to make sure I was very involved in school," she says, seated on a vinyl chair in a quiet conference room of a hotel here.
"So I was lucky in that for me it worked that I was never home-schooled. I was always in school, had to be involved in two activities or I couldn't do a job. It was like swim team and president of whatever club or something like that, and classes and play dates and over-nights," she says.
"I was also lucky, frankly, to start young but my mom really balanced it. Where there were a few things that meant a lot to me that she let me audition for, but didn't push me to go out there. And she asked my agent not to send me on everything. So I just didn't work that much. I wasn't doing a series for five years as a teenager. I didn't have to deal with severe high-visibility celebrity, which is a whole other level that I feel fortunate to not have had to walk through." Read More