Trigger Warning: The following discusses details about eating disorders and related behaviors.
Alyson Stoner revealed the personal impact of auditioning for the Hunger Games.
Speaking with Access Hollywood, Alyson shared that she auditioned for the part of Katniss Everdeen. Although the Hunger Games role went to Jennifer Lawerence, Alyson detailed her own approach to the audition. “I was so committed to the audition process that I underwent very intense physical training, and I was on a very restrictive diet,” she said.
Alyson continued, revealing, “My hair is starting to fall out, my skin is sallow, and I’m medically underweight. I feel obsessive about these behaviors, and I really need help. So I checked myself into rehab.”
After arriving at rehab, she encountered some of her past work. “Some of my projects, the DVDs were on the shelf, and I had that moment of ‘Is it ok if I ask them to not play those while I’m here?’ and wondering, ‘Am I allowed to advocate for myself that way?’ Because typically I am here for everyone’s entertainment, but right now I really need privacy and to be authentic.”
Thankfully, she was able to recover, adding, “I am so fortunate I had access to the support. That’s not the case for many people.”
The star previously spoke about the impact of her childhood acting career. Starring in multiple music videos and movies, Alyson had admitted that she struggled with coming-of-age in the film industry. “I experienced firsthand the toddler-to-trainwreck pipeline. It is a long-standing, abusive system that dominates entertainment, media and culture. It allows child entertainers to endure violence, abuse, and neglect with little accountability for those perpetuating it,” she once wrote on Instagram.
Alyson has credited therapy with helping her through that period, previously writing in her essay “Though I’m not without scars and ongoing struggles, I am still one of the most fortunate cases. I had access to a therapist who saw past the enchantment of fame and taught me to safely reinhabit my body.”