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PREACH IT! Demi Lovato frightens and appalls us with her bizarre career path

September 20, 2010 |  2:47 pm


Some celebrity stories are so odd and unnerving that they deserve to be singled out. Monday’s dose of the unreal comes courtesy of Demi Lovato. Until now, Lovato, 18, was known mostly as the star of the Disney series "Sonny With a Chance", as well as the occasional champion of the bullied.

Now we can add clinically insane to that descriptor. Because, get this: Lovato has announced her chosen career path. And it involves neither a sex tape nor a faux rebellion aided by Nicholas Sparks.

Let’s repeat that: Lovato does not want to model her choices after Kim Kardashian, hero to Montana Fishburne and millions of other girls hoping to elevate their careers via not-so-private liaisons. Nor does Lovato wish to go the Miley Cyrus route, announcing a series of non-controversial projects and then praying that the planet agrees that it’s all so totally edgy, OMG.

No, Lovato says she wants to take her cues from ... Dakota Fanning.

Yep, the kid who wears a cape and braids in the "Twilight" franchise, and who's on her varsity ...

... spirit cheerleading squad, and who counts among the registered Girl Scouts of America, and who, at 12, became the youngest person ever accepted as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Per an interview with the ever-fuchsia Hollywood Life: “I feel like I’d like to do a feature film, branch into more roles that aren’t expected of me. I feel like I don’t want to go too edgy, I don’t want to go too family-friendly –- I’d rather just play normal teenage roles. I think Dakota Fanning does a really good job at the roles that she picks, so I kind of want to go down that route.”

We here at Preach It! are at a total loss.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Left photo: Dakota Fanning. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Right photo: Demi Lovato. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images

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