Elisha Cuthbert was someone that a lot of us grew up with. She was in one of the best kids' shows of all time, Are You Afraid Of The Dark?. As she grew up, she seemed to fade back out of the spotlight. While she tried to make the transition into film, it just didn't seem to go as she planned.
She was a few years into her role on the show 24, when she decided to start pursuing film. She had her first big starring role in a movie called The Girl Next Door that came out in 2004. It was a raunchy teen comedy, kind of like American Pie, however it didn't perform nearly as well.
The following year, she went on to star in the movie House of Wax. It was a horror movie that stared Paris Hilton and did not do very well at the box office. It was so bad that it was nominated for Worst Picture of the Year by the Razzie Awards, and their star, Hilton, was awarded with "Worst Actress of the Decade".
Participating in a movie like that is bound to hurt your reputation. Elisha Cuthbert may not have been the worst part of the movie, but it probably isn't fun when everyone hates the movie you made.
She became lost in the 'L.A. scene'. After spending time with Paris Hilton on set, they became friends and went out to nightclubs together. She even appeared in Hilton's music video. She said "for a long time I was naive about who I was surrounded by. I was caught up in the L.A. scene. Not that they were bad people, I just couldn’t ask any of them to drive me to the airport." She has since stepped back out of that life and focused back in on her career.
Her movie roles may not have been the greatest, but she managed to find her stride in television. Since stepping back to her roots, she has been able to find some pretty excellent success.