Demi Lovato investigates the impact of child stardom in directorial debut

For Demi Lovato’s upcoming directorial debut – a Hulu documentary tentatively titled Child Star – the singer and actress is tackling a topic she knows quite a bit about: the realities of childhood stardom. "The film will explore how children are propelled to superstardom at a young age," according to the streamer, "and how their rise to fame, fortune and power affects their futures." Demi made her television debut on Barney & Friends in 2002 when she was just 10 years old. "There is no better film or topic for my directorial debut than this story, which is close to home," Demi said in a statement. "Our project sheds light on important messages about growing up in the public eye, learning to protect our boundaries and becoming active advocates of our own destinies." The film will "chronicle a number of child stars, pulling back the curtain on both their personal struggles and triumphs while growing up in the limelight, and whether that experience drove them deeper into the world of entertainment, or to escape it entirely," according to Hulu.