A Minute With: Disney's grown-up child star Raven-Symone

Thu Sep 16, 2010 11:25am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters) - For Raven-Symone, the transformation from being a Disney child star to a 20-something actress has taught her one major lesson -- how to say no.

Raven, whose full name is Raven-Symone Christina Pearman, started out as a child model but got her break into show business at the age of 3 with an acting role on "The Cosby Show."

Now 24, her list of credits including the lead role in TV sitcom "That's So Raven" which ran on Disney Channel for 2003 until 2007, "The Cheetah Girls" movies, and the 2008 movie "College Road Trip."

But she has also branched out from on-screen acting, releasing four albums with a fifth coming and lending her voice to various animated series including "Kim Possible" and the fairy Iridessa on Disney's direct-to-DVD film series "Tinker Bell."

Raven talked with Reuters in an interview in Australia where she was promoting the movie "Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue," which will be released this week:

Q: You've managed to make a successful transition from a child star to 20s-something actress. What's the tip?

A: "If you stay true to who you are you will find roles that will reflect what you are trying to portray. I am growing up, I am 24, and so I find roles that fit that. In my latest movie, "Revenge of the Bridesmaids," I played a 27-year-old author and I had a bottle of wine in it."

Q: So you do pick and choose your roles?   Continued...

<p>Cast member Raven-Symone poses at the premiere of "College Road Trip" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California March 3, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>