The “Even Stevens” actress, now 37, published a video to YouTube titled, “How I Lost All My Money.” In it, Romano took viewers through what she called, “a journey to my path of financial fluency and how I made and lost millions of dollars.”
“I really regret not investing my money wisely,” said Romano, who revealed that despite voicing the familiar “Kim Possible” and collecting checks from her time on-screen, she ultimately found herself in debt.
“I didn’t get a house. I didn’t take any money and store it away other than the Coogan money,” she continued, speaking on the trust account which by law is established to hold a percentage of a child actor’s wages.
“That money I used towards going to college at 18,” she said, although she only spent two years in school and “didn’t care” about the abundance of funds she had access to.
“I was never told how much money I was making,” she said. “Money didn’t have a purpose for me.”
Soon enough, Romano explained that at 21 she found herself making exorbitant purchases and buying material items that held no tangible value, including a brand new Mercedes G-Wagon SUV and a vintage 1972 Corvette which she poured money into restoring but never drove.
“I was using buying things and money as a weapon,” she maintained and explained that she ended up separating herself from her family who she felt were trying to control her finances.
“I felt like if I could just buy certain things, I would feel better or if I just lived a certain lifestyle, I would be closer to that joy of feeling accepted and a lot less alone because I felt really dumb for not knowing about my money and I never really made peace with that,” she told viewers. “Even to this day, there’s nothing I can really do about the fact that money came and went.”
Romano said she also received a recording contract and a book deal that earned her around $ 1 million – but lamented blowing it all in the same year on various purchases and a psychic to whom she paid “a bunch of money.”
“You think you have this extravagant life and then real life hits you in the face,” she said.
Romano said in her leisurely video upload that she eventually resorted to taking gigs for the sake of receiving a payout and not out of love of performing. One of the roles she ended up relegating herself to even involved a nude scene.