Hey daddy! star shares post about stigma of being a child actor after Dieter Brummer’s death

Hey daddy! actress Sarah Monahan has shared an important message about the stigma attached to being a child actor following the suicide of 90s heartthrob Dieter Brummer on Saturday.

The 44-year-old, who met Brummer during her brief role in Home And Away, said on the TV Blackbox Podcast that former child stars often face criticism and humiliation when they decide to leave showbiz and take a regular job.

Monahan noted that Brummer has had similar issues after he quit acting to become a tall window cleaner.

Pictured: Dieter Brummer

‘People like to call us has-beens’: Hey Dad! actress Sarah Monahan, 44, (left) shared an important message about the stigma attached to being a child actor following the suicide of 90s heartthrob Dieter Brummer (right) at age 45 on Saturday

“I think a lot of people find it very unsympathetic if your flame burns too early,” she said.

The Australian starlet, who retired from acting in the early 2000s after being sexually assaulted by pedophile Robert Hughes on the set of Hey Dad!, said former child stars are held by society to an unfair standard.

“People like to call us as-beens if we don’t stay in the industry and people will say, ‘You’re just a washed-up, is-leg, former child star.” And it’s like, ‘I’m sorry if I did more before I turned 18 than you did in your entire life,’ she declared.

'I think a lot of people are very unsympathetic if your flame burns early': Monahan, who met Brummer during her brief role on Home And Away, told Robert McKnight's TV Blackbox podcast that former child stars often face criticism and humiliation when they decide to quit with showbiz and take a normal job

‘I think a lot of people are very unsympathetic if your flame burns early’: Monahan, who met Brummer during her brief role on Home And Away, told Robert McKnight’s TV Blackbox podcast that former child stars often face criticism and humiliation when they decide to quit with showbiz and take a normal job

“Just because you haven’t accomplished anything doesn’t mean you have to put down what I’ve done,” she said.

Monahan pointed out that teenagers who work at McDonalds are not ashamed of leaving the restaurant industry, but child actors almost always feel bad if they choose not to pursue a lifelong career in the spotlight.

“For some reason, when you’re a child actor and you find success, people believe you should just stay in the industry and get bigger and bigger and bigger,” she explained.

People believe you should just stay in the industry': The Australian starlet, who retired from acting in the early 2000s after being sexually assaulted by pedophile Robert Hughes on the set of Hey Dad!, said former child stars are held to an unfair standard by society

People believe you should just stay in the industry’: The Australian starlet, who retired from acting in the early 2000s after being sexually assaulted by pedophile Robert Hughes on the set of Hey Dad!, said former child stars are held to an unfair standard by society

'Maybe Dieter was very happy cleaning windows': She went on to speculate that Dieter may have struggled to bear the weight of other people's expectations after turning his back on showbiz

‘Maybe Dieter was very happy cleaning windows’: She went on to speculate that Dieter may have struggled to bear the weight of other people’s expectations after turning his back on showbiz

“I was on the most successful TV show in the country. I did it, I’m happy. I no longer enjoy this and I prefer to switch to another industry. And nobody else will fucking accept it. And they keep telling you you should do something else,” Monahan added.

She further speculated that Dieter may have struggled to bear the weight of other people’s expectations after he turned his back on showbiz.

“Maybe Dieter was very happy cleaning windows, and found joy because it was something that was easy and simple and it didn’t have the pressure of the industry,”

Vale: Brummer, best known for playing Shane Parrish in Home and Away in the 1990s, was found dead on Saturday afternoon in a house in Glenhaven, Sydney's northwest.

Vale: Brummer, best known for playing Shane Parrish in Home and Away in the 1990s, was found dead on Saturday afternoon in a house in Glenhaven, Sydney’s northwest.

“But I’m sure people were still saying, ‘You should be, you should be, you should be’.”

Brummer, best known for playing Shane Parrish in Home and Away in the 1990s, was found dead on Saturday afternoon in a house in Glenhaven, Sydney’s northwest.

The two-time Logie winner starred in Home and Away from 1992 to 1996 and later had roles in hospital drama Medivac and crime series Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities.

Feud: Brummer was involved in a Home and Away storyline with co-star Melissa George (right), who played his on-screen wife Angel Brooks.  He said in 2012 that they hated each other off screen

Feud: Brummer was involved in a Home and Away storyline with co-star Melissa George (right), who played his on-screen wife Angel Brooks. He said in 2012 that they hated each other off screen

Career: After turning his back on acting, Brummer started a window cleaning business and told TV Tonight in 2010: 'People say I'm just a window cleaner, in reality there's a lot more to it.  Working at heights is a relatively specialist profession'

Career: After turning his back on acting, Brummer started a window cleaning business and told TV Tonight in 2010: ‘People say I’m just a window cleaner, in reality there’s a lot more to it. Working at heights is a relatively specialist profession’

After turning his back on acting, Brummer started a window cleaning company TV tonight in 2010: ‘People say I’m just a window cleaner, in reality it’s much more than that. Working at heights is a relatively specialist profession.’

Brummer said he could use his rock climbing skills in his new profession, and was grateful for the “life experience” it had given him.

“I just wanted to get some life experience, but I always intended to return to acting someday,” he added.

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New Chapter: Brummer said he could use his rock climbing skills in his new profession, and was grateful for the 'life experience' it had given him

New Chapter: Brummer said he could use his rock climbing skills in his new profession, and was grateful for the ‘life experience’ it had given him

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