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Child Actors Who Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead

Taylor Momsen isn’t just finished with Gossip Girl; she’s done with Hollywood, period. “I quit acting,” she told Elle.com, and now Momsen plans to devote all of her energy to her band, The Pretty Reckless. Her announcement has prompted derisive cheers from haters the web over, but, if she means it, we’re legitimately impressed by the 18-year-old star’s decision. Here’s the thing: For every Jason Bateman or Drew Barrymore, there is a former child actor who is still desperately hanging on to any mediocre role or shred of reality-TV fame he can get. After the jump, we round up ten celebrities who would have done well to emulate Momsen and quit while they were ahead.

Tatyana Ali

Who didn’t love Tatyana Ali as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s Ashley — the only Banks offspring you’d actually want to spend any time with. After the show ended in 1996, she appeared in a few movies whose titles you probably recognize (Kiss the Girls, Jawbreaker) and even released a pretty successful album, Kiss the Sky, in ’99. These days, the 32-year-old actress’s career isn’t nearly as impressive: Her movie credits have included such classics as Nora’s Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above, and her current gig finds her starring Love That Girl!, the first original scripted series on TV One — a cable network we can’t recall ever having watched.

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