- The 31-year-old shot to fame age 10 after playing Katie the bassist in the 2003 hit
- Rivkah, from Chicago, uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them
- They appeared on a recent episode of Vulnerable to discuss their early fame
Queer School of Rock child star Rivkah Reyes has revealed the impact of being sexualized as a young actor.
The 31-year-old, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns they/them, appeared on a recent episode of Vulnerable to discuss their early fame with host Christy Carlson Romano.
But the on-screen star explained how they felt forced into sleeping with men and admitted they turned to drugs and alcohol in a bid to enjoy it.
Rivkah explained how after appearing in School of Rock they were inundated with messages from viewers – both good and bad.
‘Some of them would be like “she’s amazing, she was my favorite character” and then others would be gross men being like “she’s going to be so hot when she’s 18, starting the countdown now.”
‘That is what led me down this path of compulsory heterosexuality – dating men even though I knew that that wasn’t what I was interested in and over sexualizing myself and objectifying myself in ways that were not in alignment with what I wanted for myself.
‘It led me to drinking a lot, doing a lot of drugs so I can enjoy sex with men and ultimately led me to where I am now which is a secret society of Alcoholics who are Anonymous.’
They added that they were still grateful for the breakout role, adding: ‘If I hadn’t done the child star thing for the moment that I did it I wouldn’t have had this crazy adolescence…
‘I’m grateful that I got to have a wild high school through early 20s in private without being in the public eye and being just with my friends in Chicago.’
They said that their pals were among the first to notice that they were reliant on substances before encouraging them to join Alcoholics Anonymous particularly after relocating.
Rivkah said after attending their first few meetings they got ‘really invested in the rich sober community that LA has to offer.’
‘It was kind of radical… [When I] stopped drinking and stopped doing drugs, my whole world just cracked open and got so much bigger.’
They said they were able to start setting boundaries for themselves which included separating themselves from certain types of relationships.
Rivkah, who now posts content to OnlyFans, has since proposed to their partner who has also recently gone sober.
‘My fiancé has been sober for a year and some change – and she’s a completely different person without alcohol and weed and other stuff in her life.
‘I don’t necessarily know if she is an alcoholic or not. I definitely know she wasn’t cute when she was drunk but I can’t diagnose her as anything.
‘But what I do see now is just the radical shifts in her life that eliminating the drinking does.’