EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood is awash in fake high-school diplomas that allow underage actors to circumvent California’s strict child-labor laws and work as adults. The sham has been going on for years, enabled by a plethora of diploma mills, willing parents, hard-driving agents and managers, complicit casting directors and producers looking to save a buck. That may finally be changing. One Internet diploma mill that was a go-to venue for Hollywood was shut down last month by the state of Texas. That should cause every casting director and producer in town to take a closer look at the online diplomas their young performers are presenting as proof of graduation.
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