When it comes to growing up in the spotlight, Melissa Joan Hart may truly know it all, having experienced life as a child star long before Miley Cyrus.
Hart is currently promoting her new memoir, "Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life." She told MTV News that celebrities like Cyrus have it differently than she did as a kid.
"These days it's really tricky," Hart told MTV News. "The business has changed from when I was young. There weren't things like social media, there wasn't the Internet. There wasn't TMZ and there weren't all these outlets that need content to fill, so they're digging more into people's personal lives."
Hart began her career as a television star in 1985 before making a name for herself on the shows "Clarissa Explains It All" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."
She went on to star in films such as "Drive Me Crazy" and "Can't Hardly Wait" before returning to television on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" and her own sitcom, "Melissa & Joey," co-starring fellow former child star, Joey Lawrence.
Similar to Hart, Cyrus famously got her start on television on "Hannah Montana" before breaking out into a full-fledged adult musician. Her current album, "Bangerz," recently reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, yielding the hit singles "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball."
Hart spoke about the recent media attention surrounding Cyrus, telling MTV News that critics shouldn't be so quick to judge her.
"People like Miley Cyrus, she's incredibly talented and she got a lot of notoriety for acting like a young girl on stage and, I think she'll be alright," Hart said. "You can't judge her on that, you have to wait another five or 10 years and see where she goes."
"When you're a teenager or young adult, you think that everything you have to say is the most important thing ever and the funniest thing ever and the coolest thing ever and you share it all. So I just say to those kids you've got to be careful about what you put out there and what you really want people to know and keep some for yourself."