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Written by Cindy Morgan
Sunshine at 17
Karen Sunshine talks about what it’s like to raise teen celebrity sensation Caroline Sunshine from Disney’s “Shake it Up.”
It was clear from an early age that Caroline Sunshine was meant to be on stage. Born with a name that seemed to invoke stardom, she would put on shows for houseguests, danced around the house and was an all-around ham at home. At age three she started ballet—the beginning of a dance career that would ultimately turn competitive before her teen years—and after that she developed a love for acting while attending local theater classes. However, it wasn’t until she turned 12 that she expressed a desire to try to take acting to a professional level that left her parents, particularly her mom, hesitant to the idea of allowing her to try out ‘the acting thing’ in a professional setting. “I was always really supportive of community theater, but when she wanted to act professionally, I was really resistant,” explained Karen Sunshine, Caroline’s mother. “I think it was all because of the negative stereotypes that you hear. Unfortunately, it seems like the Lindsey Lohan story is a better story to tell than the hundreds of actors and actresses that don’t go off track.” While mom was trying to protect Caroline and ensure she had the happiest of childhoods, it was a difficult notion for Caroline to wrap her head around. “For the longest time I couldn’t understand why my parents didn’t want me to be a part of the industry or why they didn’t want me to work professionally,” said Caroline. She added, “Now that I have been in the business, I understand that it was for my protection, but for the longest time it just felt like they were holding me back,” said Caroline.
Summer Movie Guide 2013
A Parental Guide to Film Watching as a Family
We’ve already been treated to an astounding array of animated films in 2013. Kicking off the Oscar race, in which “Frankenweenie,” “ParaNorman,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” and “Wreck-It Ralph” were also-rans to “Brave” for the Best Animated Feature award. “The Croods” carried on the tradition in April with its blend of dazzling graphics and family values.
But the best is yet to come, and the 2013 crop of family films is epic, starting this month with “Epic,” from Blue Sky, the studio that brought you “Rio,” “Robots” and the “Ice Age” movies. “Epic’s” fantasy-world-based atmosphere and tangible animation style is truly unique — and it has a girl as the main character, while still, like “Hunger Games,” maintaining a high level of thrills and adventure.
As summer arrives and the kids head out of school, it’s time hit the theme parks for a day of fun — and one of the southland’s most popular parks, Legoland, is ready to extend the fun overnight with it’s brand new hotel.
The Legoland Hotel is a three-story, 250-room hotel that immerses guests in the creative world of Lego. From the moment guests walk in and see the giant Lego statues to the elevator disco rides where lights pulsate in the ceiling to music while a mirror ball rotates and a different sound effect announces arrivals on each floor, the entire hotel experience is made for family fun.