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Scarlet Spencer Talked Growing Up In The Spotlight With Maurice Benard

Scarlet Spencer reveals how growing up in the spotlight can cause anxiety and much more.

maurice benard and scarlet spencer on state of mind.Maurice Benard welcomed Scarlet Spencer on State Of Min

General Hospital’s Maurice Benard featured a young actress, Scarlet Spencer, on his video podcast, State Of Mind, to address the side effects of growing up in front of the bright lights of Hollywood movies and television sets and how she maintained a healthy psyche.

Scarlet Spencer: Staying Sane In An Insane World

Benard (Sonny) met the 16-year-old at a screening of the short film, Hidden Truth. He was immediately impressed with her maturity and wanted to know more. Spencer has been acting since age 7, and has already built an impressive resume with such credits as Paramount’s Awkward., Nickelodeon’s Cousins for Life, Showtime’s Shameless, Netflix’s Bright, and #BlackAF.

The veteran actor and State Of Mind host asked about how it felt growing up in the spotlight. “I have been in the public eye since I was 9, so I feel like I have always had anxiety,” Spencer acknowledged. “Although, there are some people who are very shocked about it.”


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Benard tapped into his own personal struggle with anxiety and asked, “What does your anxiety look and feel like?”

The young artist was quick to respond with a very mature answer. “I see her as another person,” describing what she meant. “I don’t like her as a person very much, but we learn to work together in life, and we deal with and tolerate each other.”

Benard, always quick to get to the heart of the matter, asked if she thought mental health should be addressed in schools. “I definitely think that is something that needs to be talked about more in school,” the ingenue exclaimed. “Thankfully, I feel like with the online presence people are getting information and having more space to talk about it. There’s a lot of bad stuff online, but there are also people that you can connect with to feel a little bit less alone. I feel like that is truly the whole point of social media.”

A Star Shining Bright

Scarlet Spencer was poised and insightful for her age. The unlikely duo looked back on her childhood, growing up in Woodland Hills and Studio City, making a big splash as the lead in Nickelodeon’s Cousins for Life, and the fear that comes with auditioning in front of big wigs at a tender age.

She shared behind-the-scenes stories of working with Hollywood icons like Rashida Jones and Kenya Barrish in #BlackAF, including a trip to Fiji to tape the series finale and her first encounter with Will Smith for Netflix’s Bright. The actress and her mother were very impressed with the Oscar-winning actor despite his 2022 award show debacle. You should watch to find out what she had to say.

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