The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 1997 · Page 63
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 63

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 4, 1997
Page 63
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"I think kids have too much [freedom]." -Marques "Batman" Houston (center) of Immature have to confront — their indiscretions could make front-page news. "People who are famous are role models, and they are expected to behave," explains skater Kwan."If a camera catches you cussing and doing something bad, who's going to look up to you?" Immature's Houston agrees: "All eyes are on you when you go out in public because you're a celebrity. You can't act the fool." In ways different from most teens, personal safety is a major concern for famous teens. Kwan, for example, isn't allowed to cruise the mall by herself. "If I get noticed, my parents are afraid someone will kidnap me and take me for ransom." Members of Immature, fearful of being carjacked, often navel with a bodyguard. There are other constrictions unique to celebrity, notes Kellie Martin, now 21, who acted in TV's Life Goes On between the ages of 13 and 17. "I had to be in bed by 11 because I had to get up at 5:30 to go to work! I had to "If a camera catches you cussing and doing something bad, who's going to look up to you?" make sure I got enough sleep because if I went to work with dark circles under my eyes, they would say, 'Oh, you were out last night.' I couldn't do that." Martin, currently starring in NBC's Crisis Center, says that because she was tutored on the Life Goes On set, she was sheltered from a lot of normal teen experiences, such as being offered drugs at school or going to parties where there was sex or alcohol. Martin found the transition to college — the actress also is a sophomore at Yale University — "traumatic." Like many famous teens, she had | been constantly surrounded by a supporting cast § of adults, from her parents to her publicist, who I watched over her "like a hawk." But once she left for college, she says, "I had to learn to take care of myself, and all of a sudden I did have CM Goodwrench Service YOU COULD WIN THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE!' y 7'H'O GM i-ebiclts or one of nine seltcttd i'<hides AND THE VACATION OF YOUR LIFE! Celebrate die 25th anniversary- of \V\LT DISNEY WORLD" Resort in Florida THE TV VIEWING EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE! 50 lucky people will win a Hughes Network Systems-brand DSS® system with a year of Total Choice" 1 programming from DIRECTV! HUGHES NETWORK SYSTEMS DIRCCTV. Register to win at your participating GM Goodwrench Service dealer. Call 1-800-GM USE US for a dealer near you. CHEVROLET • PONT1AC • OLDSMOBILE • BUICK • CADILIAC • CMC At Yale, "I had to learn to take care of myself, make my own decisions. I'm finally starting to understand how to do It." -AdrassKiHb Martin all this freedom. I had to be able to make my own decisions, and that's not something I was used to. I'm finally starting to understand how to do it.... but it's taken me longer than most kids." C3 — Jennifer Mendelsohn May 2-4,1987 23

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