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Frankie Muniz says he'll 'never let his kid be a child actor' as he makes heartbreaking admission

Frankie Muniz says he'll 'never let his kid be a child actor' as he makes heartbreaking admission

The star played Malcolm from the age of 13

Frankie Muniz has said he’ll ‘never let his kid be a child actor’.

The Malcolm in the Middle star recently made a heart-breaking admission as he called it an ‘ugly world’.

He recently revealed he’s signed up for Australia’s series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and before heading into the jungle opened up about his son.

Muniz shares Mauz, three, with his wife, Paige Price, and spoke to Pedestrian.TV about never letting him ‘go into the business’.

The actor appeared in a number of small roles as a kid before, of course, landing the titular role in Malcolm in the Middle back in 2000, when he was 13.

And he assured in the interview that he had a ‘100% positive’ experience as a child actor.

Malcolm in the Middle was a staple of the early-2000s TV schedule.
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“But I know so many people, friends, that were close to me that had such insanely negative experiences,” he admitted. “And I just think it’s an ugly world in general.”

Muniz’s comments come not long after the US release of the Investigation Discovery series, Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV (released today, 25 March, in the UK).

The four-part documentary delves into the 'toxic work' environments that child stars in the 1990s and early 2000s allegedly endured on beloved Nickelodeon shows.

Muniz continued: “I never cared about rejection but there’s a ton of rejection.”

He won't let his kid be a child actor.

He compares becoming a successful actor with ‘winning the lottery’ as in the beginning ‘that’s all it is’.

“You know me getting Malcolm in the Middle – maybe that was a little different than other shows – but as a child actor, you get picked because you look like you could be the kid of the parents they picked.”

The star’s parents in the legendary show were, of course, played by Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston, who users in the TikTok comments say ‘were like actual parents on that set’.

With another adding: “He had Bryan Cranston watching his back too.”

Muniz also stressed how it’s not an easy world to break into and that he believes there’s ‘a lot of luck that plays into it’.

Users commented that they’re so glad ‘he had a good experience’ and they like how he ‘tells the truth’.

Another added: “He has always been so humble about his experience and I’m so glad he was protected.”

And one also wrote: “I so respect his honestly. Always loved him as a kid!”

Featured Image Credit: @pedestriantv/Fox

Topics: Celebrity, Frankie Muniz, Parenting, TV and Film, TikTok