Cole Sprouse, the actor known for his roles in hit TV shows such as “Riverdale” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” has captured the attention of audiences worldwide with his dynamic performances and undeniable talent. With his striking good looks and charismatic presence, Sprouse has become one of the most sought-after young actors in the entertainment industry today. Whether he’s playing a brooding teen heartthrob or a quirky college student, Sprouse has proven time and again that he has what it takes to captivate viewers and leave a lasting impression.
Cole Sprouse did an interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast where he gave candid details about his experience as a child actor. During the podcast episode, he revealed how his estranged mother, Melanie Wright Sprouse, “lost” all the money he and his brother earned by the time they were 10.
“Both my brother and I went through a lengthy court battle at about 10, and custody was stripped from my mother and given to my father,” he told “Call Her Daddy”. He continued, “[My father] desperately wanted us to be normal kids, and my mother wanted us to be … a bit more of a caricature of two normal kids.”
Cole then detailed how he “lost everything” when his dad was given forced custody. He also called his mother the “most irresponsible person ever” financially.
“I don’t think I’ve ever talked about this … When my father was given forced custody, we had pretty much lost everything from the youngest parts of our career. That would be ‘Friends’ and ‘Big Daddy.’ My mother was an incredibly wonderful and artistic woman, but she was financially the most irresponsible person ever.”
Despite this, Cole said he doesn’t “blame” his mother but felt remorseful that she wasn’t able to get out of her mental health and addiction issues.
“I think if anyone knew the kind of woman she was, they could have said it would have gone the exact same way,” Cole explained. “I am remorseful in very many ways that she wasn’t able to get out of it but I don’t blame her at all.”
When the Disney alum was asked whether he has a relationship with his mother, his reply was “not at all.”
“In truth, she lost her mind,” he continued. “I think it was the consequence of some weird alchemy of addiction and mental instability and it’s probably the greatest wound in my life, and also the greatest driving force for my continuing in this industry.”
He finished the topic of his mother by saying that he misses her a lot and called her a beautiful and artistic woman.
“I miss her a lot,” he added. “She was an incredibly beautiful and artistic woman.”
During the same interview, he also detailed how the booking for “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody” was “life-saving” for him and his brother.
“By the time my brother and I got to the Disney Channel, we were good. It was a huge boon to us,” he said. “It was, in very many ways, a life-saving show. It provided us with an amount of stability and consistency, and routine, that really was needed for my brother and I at the time.”
Cole also likened being a child star to getting the golden ticket from Willy Wonka.
“I think there’s two types of kids within the child acting business. There’s, like the ‘thespian children’ who choose to do it, and then there’s the working class kids that, in our case at least,” he said. “I mean it started, really, as a means to put bread on the table. And also allow my mother at the same time to be a mother, but to make her main focus and her job our careers.”
Cole Sprouse further revealed that he was finally done paying his family’s bills “Three years ago when I hit success with ‘Riverdale.'”
“What else is it for?” he said. “Once you realize the lifestyle you want to acquire financially, I don’t think there’s anything more noble than taking care of your family with the financial independence that you’ve been given.”
He also drew comparisons between himself and Dylan to that of other female stars such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
“I think in very many ways, my brother and I were lucky mainly because we were young boys,” he explained. “Like, the fascination when we were younger, at least on the Disney Channel, was like, of Miley and Selena and a lot of these girls, because they were heavily sexualized, which is another huge f***ing issue.” But the fascination which was young womanhood… My brother and I in very many ways went through all of the same trappings, except the lens wasn’t on us as tightly, which I’m very, very grateful for.”
Despite the many ups and downs he faced while being a child actor, he does not regret it at all.
“My parents did not come from too much, and I have now been granted a life of primarily financial stability — and surplus in very many cases — that is the byproduct of working for 30 years and sort of trading my childhood,” he shared.
“But I don’t regret it at all,” he added. “I know that there’s definitely resentment, there’s definitely some things I have to work through, but no. If I were given the same choice again, I’d probably do it again.”
It’s good to see that Cole doesn’t blame his mother for losing all the money he and Dylan had earned. We do hope he is able to forge a relationship with his mom in the future. Stay tuned to Thirsty For News as we bring you similar stories.