Cole Sprouse gained fame as a child star, appearing in popular movies such as "Big Daddy," TV shows like "Friends," and the Disney Channel hit "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," which he co-starred in with his twin brother, Dylan.
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Although he enjoyed success on screen, Cole Sprouse faced personal struggles behind the scenes, which he recently discussed in an interview on "The Diary of a CEO" podcast.
Cole Sprouse began his acting career at just eight months old, appearing in diaper commercials at the behest of his mother, Melanie.
"It started for me financially," Sprouse said of his acting career. "Single mom, two twin boys, put food on the table. She is still able to be a mother while we pursue a sort of improvement of our lifestyle, and in very many ways she was living vicariously through the success of her children."
Due to his parents' divorce at a very young age, Cole Sprouse has only one memory of them together. After the split, the courts awarded primary custody to his mother, resulting in Sprouse and his brother living with her.
When asked whether he felt pressured into acting as a child, Cole Sprouse responded by stating, "I would hardly call it pushing because I was eight months old. I don't even think I knew, you know, I was onscreen, I don't remember much of … the diaper commercials and things like that, so the choice never really existed. I was there. That's it."
"My mother was, still is, the kind of tortured artist type, she struggled with, in very many ways, her place in the world," Sprouse continued. "I think she found a tremendous amount of self identity through motherhood and tried to turn it into a profitable business at the same time … so that's what she did."
You can watch the entire interview here:
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