Much the way certain Disney stars hit the scandal circuit a little too hard in an effort to shed their family-friendly images, Christina Ricci went through a period in her late teens and early twenties where she really tried to push the envelope and establish herself as a grownup actress.
It bothers me when someone neglects her hotness.
Being pigeonholed as a teen queen of crass offers slightly more opportunity than being pigeonholed as a creepy deadpan child with a disembodied appendage for a pet.
It's great to branch out and prove you can carry projects that people might not suspect you're capable of leading, but if they don't sharpen the industry's picture of your capabilities, it may not really help advance your career in the long run.
Like many pro actors who made it big as kids, Ricci was still seen as a little girl long after she'd outgrown the desire to play one.
In 2003, Christina Ricci scored what should have been the role that catapulted her onto the A-list: playing Selby, the girlfriend of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, in the terrifying biopic Monster.