Question: To what degree are parents responsible for the behavior of Hollywood starlets?
Hauslaib: I’m not a parent. I don’t know how difficult that is. I think parenting is one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Combine it with the craziness of Hollywood and nobody is gonna come out a winner, I feel like. You do have “success stories” of parents and their children on the Red Carpet and very wholesome photos; but then you do have the Jamie Lynn Spears of the world. Listen, if I were Lynn Spears, I don’t envy that woman. She has two very troubled children. I think in Jamie Lynn’s case, it is very easy to point the finger at the mother and say, you know, “You f’d this up. This is your fault.” I also think whenever you take a young, impressionable person and put them in Hollywood where fame, money, sex, drugs, and all of that attention culminate into a very unhealthy environment, you’re . . . it’s an uphill battle. And while I do certainly think parents should take some responsibility, it’s foolish to think that they can be the, you know, panacea for all their children’s problems.
Recorded on: Jan 23 2008