Demi Lovato is making her directorial debut with a Hulu original feature documentary about former child stars. The documentary 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.
According to a press release (via Variety), the documentary will have interviews with a number of former child stars, though participants are being kept under tight wraps for now. “Through intimate conversations led by Lovato, verité footage, and archival material from all subjects involved, 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.
The documentary is directed by Demi Lovato and Nicola Marsh. The streaming service is notably owned by Disney, where Lovato got her start as a teen in the Disney Channel original movie “Camp Rock” and TV show “Sonny With a Chance.” Lovato has been openly critical of their time on Disney Channel, telling Alex Cooper’s “Call Her Daddy” podcast last year: “There was this extreme workload that I think put a lot of pressure on us, and that’s why some of us turned to… I personally turned to, if you’re going to work me like an adult, I’m going to party like an adult. And that, at 16-17, wasn’t healthy at all.”
In a statement, Lovato said, “There is no better film or topic for my directorial debut than this story, which is close to home.” Lovato added, “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.”
Michael D. Ratner’s OBB Pictures, Demi Lovato’s DLG, and Scooter Braun’s SB Projects are among the producers. The three companies previously collaborated on the pop star’s docuseries “Dancing With the Devil,” which debuted at SXSW in 2021 to critical acclaim. “Dancing With the Devil” focuses on Lovato’s personal life and addiction struggles, notably their near-fatal overdose in 2018.
The documentary will premiere on Hulu in 2024.
RELATED: Keri Russell In Netflix Series “The Diplomat” First Look and Premiere Date Revealed