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Shia LaBeouf Opens Up About Wild Childhood and Fame

By Alexis Sezar on June 11, 2009

Shia LaBeouf, pictures, picture, photos, photo, pics, pic, images, image, hot, sexy, latest, newHOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Shia LaBeouf is opening up about his rags to riches story, admitting there are times when he feels insecure despite making it big.

"Sometimes I feel I'm living a meaningless life and I get frightened," the 23-year-old actor tells Parade magazine.

LaBeouf grew up in the largely Latino area of Echo Park in Los Angeles. He confesses that his upbringing was far from traditional.

"I come from hippies,” he says of his parents. "My dad was a wandering dude recovering from the war in Vietnam. And my mom, before she met him, had a head shop in Brooklyn. Bob Dylan used to come in and smoke weed. All her furniture hung upside-down from the ceiling. She was out of her mind. It was the 1970s."

Despite his unconventional childhood, LaBeouf persevered and turned to a life in showbiz. His first big break came when he was cast on the Disney Channel's "Even Stevens." Later, he caught the eye of Steven Spielberg, who made him the star of "Disturbia" and eventually the hit "Transformers" franchise. While he's achieved great success at a young age, LaBeouf isn't about to take anything for granted.

"I know I'm one of the luckiest dudes in America right now," he says. "I have a great house. My parents don't have to work. I've got money. I'm famous. But it could all change, man. It could go away. You never know."

LaBeouf has experienced his share of trouble with the law in recent time, but says, "I know if it all went away, I'd be fine." He struggles to find answers for many things in his life, including where things went wrong with his former girlfriend, China Brezner.

"Why did the love of my life and I break up? Man, I have no idea." he says of their 2007 split. "What was that all about? I have no answers to anything. None. Why am I an alcoholic? I haven't a damn clue! What is life about? I don't know."

While he struggles to find answers to many questions in his life, LaBeouf does have an answer for the origin of his sick sense of humor.

"My humor came from seeing my parents have sex, smoke weed, my mom being naked—just weird hippie stuff, twisted R-rated humor," he says.