‘Kind of parallel with Britney’s:’ School of Rock child star Rivkah Reyes says fame at young age paved path to troubled times of bullying and addiction
School of Rock actor Rivkah Reyes said their early fame from the movie at 10 led to a problematic adolescence and early adulthood filled with bullying and later, addiction.
Reyes, 28, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, opened up to the New York Post Tuesday about their life after playing Katie at the age of 10 in the 2003 hit that starred Jack Black.
Reyes said that their experience is ‘kind of parallel with’ the one Britney Spears has had, in the wake of the Framing Britney Spears documentary.
The latest: School of Rock actor Rivkah Reyes said their early fame from the movie at 10 led to a problematic adolescence filled with bullying and later, addiction
‘After production wrapped, when I first came back to school, people were really nice or really mean,’ Reyes said. ‘There was no middle ground. I was literally followed around the school with people chanting School of Rock.’
In a Medium post last year, Reyes opened up about the abuse they endured: ‘Because kids are a******s, I was bullied even more when I came back to school. I’ll never forget one girl who came up to me and asked me to sign her lunch card, then tore it up and threw it in the trash in front of me.’
Reyes told the Post they felt like they were under pressure to get another role so their classmates would stop bullying them and calling them by their name in the movie.
Reyes said they were also concerned they would forever be defined by the role in the film: ‘I spent over a decade terrified that I’d peaked at 10 years old.’
Reyes played Katie at the age of 10 in the 2003 hit that starred Jack Black
Candid: In a Medium post last year, Reyes opened up about the abuse they endured
Reyes said that their experience doing the movie itself was positive, and called its main star Jack Black ‘a great guy.’
Reyes said they also ‘felt unsafe existing’ amid fans who sexualized them at a young age, leaving online messages about how they looked forward to when ‘she’s 18’ when they were still the age of 10.
Reyes told the outlet they became a ‘raging addict’ from the ages to 14 to 24 toward unhealthy amounts of drugs, alcohol, sex and food, eventually tuning to self-harm.
Reyes said that their experience doing the movie itself was positive, and called its main star Black ‘a great guy.’
‘It was nothing but love and support,’ Reyes said. ‘I have never lost gratitude for that, or wish that I wasn’t part of it.’
Reyes is currently developing a podcast about child stars called Where Are We Now.
‘To quote Britney, I’m stronger than yesterday,’ they said.