From when she got her start on The Cosby Show to her comedic breakout on That’s So Raven, Raven-Symoné’s career has lasted longer than some of her Disney Channel comrades have been alive.
So, someone had to ask—what’s the secret to her success?
Luckily, it was Oprah who finally asked it, on Oprah: Where Are They Now. And when the 28-year-old answered with composure and depth that it made it obvious she’s unlike her peers that have dominated headlines with bad behavior their entire young adult lives.
“My parents taught me to keep my private life private to the best of my ability,” she explained. “They showed me all the role models out there that I could turn into, and what I want for myself in the future.”
She even went on to throw some shade at the likes of her former roommate, Lindsay Lohan—though she remained too classy to name drop.
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“Seeing all of the statistics [about] child stars going off the edge, what I’ve learned? It’s unnecessary to go to the most popular restaurant in the world when you have a scandal on your head, and then get mad that someone’s gonna take a picture of you,” she told Oprah.
“That’s your fault, boo-boo. Stay in the house.”
Ah, you tell ‘em girl. You’re so freakin’ Raven!