Cole Sprouse, Joey King, H.E.R. and More Young Stars Sound Off on Social Media

  • Variety
Cole Sprouse, Joey King, H.E.R. and More Young Stars Sound Off on Social Media
Social media has transformed showbiz, making it easier for young performers to express themselves, connect with fans and even get their big break.

A strong social media presence can even be used as leverage during the casting process.

But what do performers think about it? Variety surveyed those highlighted in this year’s Young Hollywood issue and got a wide array of responses: While some are pro-social media, others expressed deep ambivalence about its impact on society at large and the industry in particular. Cover star Cole Sprouse, who got his start on the Disney Channel with his brother Dylan and now stars in “Riverdale,” was especially passionate about the dangers of social media for younger actors, for instance, while “The Act” star Joey King was far more upbeat about it.

Here are some of the reactions:

Pro

“The impact of social media is one of the biggest changes in
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