During the summer of 1980 there was arguably no teen star more popular than Christopher Atkins. His movie, The Blue Lagoon, was one of the most buzzed about films of the year and his star power went from zero to sixty after it came out.
“I was recognized all over the planet. Everywhere. It boggled my mind,” Atkins, 47 tells PEOPLE in its latest issue. The actor, along with six other former teen idols, examines fame on VH1’s Confessions of a Teen Idol.