There's no house more wholesome than the Mouse House. Well, that's the image that Disney has been peddling to us since Walt established it in 1923. Though like any other child stars, those under Disney's charge are no less likely to turn their back on the squeaky clean image demanded by pushy stage parents and brand-conscious studio executives.
In fact, looking at this role call of former Mouseketeers and the like, they might even be more likely to stray from the path. The latest to do so are Justin Bieber's former squeeze Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, who have managed to drag the Disney name through the mud in the very same film, Harmony Korine's explicit and controversial 'Spring Breakers'.
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Disney career: 'High School Musical'
How she 'went bad': Vanessa Hudgens made her name playing Gabriella in 'High School Musical'. And there's nowt more 'feel-good' than that. And there's probably nowt more 'feel-bad' than Korine's nihilistic, booze-and-drugs-a-thon 'Spring Breakers', in which she plays Candy, part of a four-girl gang who rob a restaurant to pay for their spring break, get arrested and then embroiled with Alien, James Franco's metal-grilled hustler, who is frankly a bit of a bad influence. Mind you, they're not much better. There was also the matter of Hudgens' leaked nude pictures in 2007. Oh, and then in 2009. Not what Walt would have wanted.
Disney career: 'Wizards Of Waverley Place'
How she 'went bad': She was dubbed 'the next Miley Cyrus', and as the former girlfriend of Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez was one half of the world's most squeaky clean teen power couple. While Bieber has done his best to balls that up for himself with a string of recent controversies, his ex has gone all guns, drugs and bikinis as Faith in 'Spring Breakers'. But to be fair, outside of her professional departure from Disney, she's remained pretty upstanding in her personal life. The Bieber coupling aside.
Disney career: 'Hannah Montana', 'Phineas and Ferb'
How he 'went bad': Things were going so well for Mitchell, who had been in the Disney bosom since his early teens, joining the teen comedy-drama 'Hannah Montana' in 2006. That was until he was pulled over at 4am in 2011 and after being breathalysed, was found to be DUI – driving under the influence of alcohol. He was too young to legally drink at the time. There was, of course, the standard soul-searching statement released, which read: “In becoming an adult, I have learned first hand that stepping up and taking responsibility is the best way to move forward. I am especially thankful to my family and fans for their unwavering support and encouragement. I am glad to now put this in the past.” Bless.
Disney career: 'Hannah Montana'
How she 'went bad': Miley's fall from Disney starlet to scantily-clad siren seemed to happen almost overnight. Underwear shots hacked from her Gmail landed in 2008, and then the same year, the controversial shoot with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz which featured her topless aged 15 – though wrapped in a bedsheet – was published in Vanity Fair. It's been a whirlwind of pole dancing, under-age drinking and alleged bong-smoking ever since.
Disney career: 'Even Stevens'
How he 'went bad': A bona fide child star, LaBeouf started out as a 10-year-old stand-up, performing 'disgustingly dirty' material at local clubs in Los Angeles. So actually, his recruitment to Disney playing wise-cracking Louis Stevens in sitcom 'Even Stevens', meant he had to clean his act up beforehand. Things started taking off for him, but he seemed to discover his 'voice' around the time he was signed to the 'Transformers' series. He began making controversial remarks, notably – heaven forbid – criticising Steven Spielberg after 'Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'. A handful of arrests followed, for petty matters such as public smoking and criminal trespassing, and then for drink driving in 2008. There have been a handful of boozy fights too. Plus he said he took drugs for one role, would have sex for real in another film and went naked in a music video.
Disney career: 'Kids Incorporated'
How she 'went bad': Stacy Ann 'Fergie' Ferguson got one of her first showbusiness breaks in 1984 in the Disney Channel show 'Kids Incorporated'. Following her stint for the Mouse House, she joined the girlband Wild Orchid, with fellow 'Kids Incorporated' star Renee Sandstrom. Things then got a bit out of hand, and she became addicted to crystal meth after she left the group in 2001. “It was the hardest boyfriend I ever had to break up with,” she said. “It's the drug that's addicting. But it's why you start doing it in the first place that's interesting. A lot of it was being a child actor; I learned to suppress feelings.”
Disney career: 'The Parent Trap', 'Freaky Friday', 'Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen'
How she 'went bad': Crikey, where do you start with Linds? Disney fostered her talent early, but from 'Mean Girls' onwards, her personal life seemed to spiral out of control. She lived out of the famous Chateau Marmont hotel, partied hard, joined AA, went in and out of rehab, went in and out of prison, and became Hollywood's worst motorist, crashing a seemingly endless number of cars, the most recent being last year. Let's just say her initially promising career has suffered a smidge as a result.
Disney career: Mickey Mouse Club
How she 'went bad': She was a Mouseketeer alumnus in the same draft as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling in 1992. Her pop career then took her to greater heights, becoming the planet's biggest teen popstar in 1998 with her ellipsis-happy single '… Baby One More Time'. Her 'personal struggles' began in 2007, when she went into drug rehab. A series of public meltdowns followed, the most bizarre when she had her head shaved at a Los Angeles salon. There was also the ugly and public divorce with ex-husband Kevin Federline. Her career has never quite recovered.
Disney career: 'Get A Clue', 'Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior', 'The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody'
How she 'went bad': That scene in 'The Social Network'
Brenda Song was a teen recruit after appearing in the movie 'Get A Clue' with fellow Mouse House starlet Lindsay Lohan. She's been on the books ever since, with her long-running role as spoiled heiress London Tipton – modelled on Paris Hilton – in 'The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody'
and then fronting the comedy 'Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior'. All this good, wholesome work was, however, undone during a rude clinch with Andrew Garfield in a gent's toilet cubicle in 'The Social Network'.