With the misadventures of Britney, Lindsay, Nicole and Paris dominating the tabloids and mainstream news alike, it's easy to get the impression that young Hollywood is headed nowhere (and probably at a rate well over the speed limit).
But not every starlet is getting caught up in acts of public nudity, moving violations or more serious crimes. While the temptations that come with fame are there for all young stars, many have managed to keep the focus on their careers instead of their personal drama. So if you need a break from the tabloids, here's a salute to the cream of the "good girls" crop.
Rap sheet: Amassed 10 Grammy Awards; sold more than 50 million albums worldwide (counting Destiny's Child releases); earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for her role in "Dreamgirls"; and established herself as a multifaceted entertainer.
What makes her a "good girl": Since emerging in 1997 with Destiny's Child, the down-to-earth diva has gracefully transitioned from fronting one of the most successful girl groups of all time to holding her own as a solo artist, actress, designer and model. And despite having Jay-Z in her corner, she keeps a decidedly low profile when it comes to all things personal, making sure we know more about her music than her relationship. Few performers can boast even a fraction of Beyoncé's accomplishments at such a young age (she's only 25), but her raw talent, relentless drive and reserved behavior set her even farther apart from her contemporaries.
Rap sheet: Earned four Grammy Awards; sold more than 25 million albums worldwide; dedicated herself to charities combating AIDS and domestic abuse; and left the tabloids behind for a low-key family life.
What makes her a "good girl": The same "Dirrty" girl who once said, "It's not my job to parent America," is now noticeably absent from the party scene, focusing instead on her recently completed world tour and settling down with her husband, Jordan Bratman. Despite going through some radical transformations, she's kept her career on track, churning out six albums and hit after hit. She's also moved into modeling, fragrances, philanthropic work and has her eyes on acting as well. Once considered the wild child of the pop princesses, she's now the one with the happy home life and a solid career.
Rap sheet: Broke out from the TV variety show "All That" to standout stardom on "The Amanda Show" in the late '90s; went mainstream with "What I Like About You" on the WB; established herself in Hollywood with films like "She's the Man" and "Hairspray"; and managed to maintain a squeaky-clean profile while transitioning from kid star into young adulthood.
What makes her a "good girl": From the gender-bending comedy "She's the Man" to the high-energy musical "Hairspray," Bynes has brought her comedic appeal and likable girl-next-door charm to a multitude of projects. And throughout, she's shown that the road from child star to adulthood doesn't have to run through rehab or the county jail. She's quick to credit her supportive yet strict parents for keeping her out of trouble. "I like being with my family and friends, and I don't need to be out at the clubs," she told "Access Hollywood." "If you're hanging out with the partying people or your parents don't care, then it's going to be harder. For me, I'm really close with my parents."
Rap sheet: Introduced herself with the bubble-gum-pop hit "Candy" in 1999; hit Hollywood with films like "License to Wed" and "Because I Said So"; stretched her acting skills with edgier films like "Saved!" and "Southland Tales"; and created a clothing line to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
What makes her a "good girl": Initially part of the same pack of teen-pop queens that included Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, Moore has taken a uniquely different path. It hasn't led to the same pop heights as some of her peers, but it has produced a steady and solid stream of work — and it's also allowed her to maintain a wholesome image in her music, film work and personal life. Also favoring Moore is the fact that she's also brutally honest — after her 2003 flick, "How to Deal," tanked at the box office, she told MTV News very frankly, "It bombed. ... You can't let it bother you. ... I just want to spend some time with my family, my friends and [my boyfriend] and just relax."
Rap sheet: Broke through big time as the star of the "High School Musical" phenomenon; launched a solo career with Headstrong earlier this year; will star in next year's father/daughter movie "Picture This"; and has avoided the paparazzi while staying close with family and friends.
What makes her a "good girl": She might play an arrogant snob in "High School Musical," but those who meet the real Tisdale often come away with the impression of a grounded, sweet-natured girl. Tisdale is in the midst of trying to parlay her "High School Musical" success into solid footing as a solo artist, and she's trying to avoid becoming a cautionary tale along the way. "I've always treated my career as my work, and my normal life is just relaxing, being with my family and friends," she told MTV News. "I have good morals, and my parents have always been supportive, and they raised me well."
Rap sheet: Broke through with "The Princess Diaries" in 2001; held her own with Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada"; flexed her acting muscles in the Academy Award-winning "Brokeback Mountain"; took on literary legend Jane Austen in "Becoming Jane"; and earned praise as one of Hollywood's most talented young actresses along the way.
What makes her a "good girl": Whether she's playing a naive girl discovering her royal status in "The Princess Diaries" or one of history's most important writers in "Becoming Jane," Hathaway brings a distinct, articulate charm to her roles. She's admitted to having gotten partying out of her system and has been called the Audrey Hepburn of her generation. And there's little doubting the actress' graciousness — in an interview with MTV News about her involvement in family films, she said, "I've been incredibly grateful — the genre's been incredibly kind to me."
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