"Matilda" Star Dishes On What It's Like To Grow Up Famous
Mara Wilson's grew up on the set of "Matilda" and "Mrs. Doubtfire", now the world is wondering "where is she now?"
Mara Wilson is just your typical writer who lives and works in NYC. She exists in the blogosphere and is somewhat of a celeb on Twitter. Just dig into her past, though, and you'll find she had a lot going on. Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, Matilda, Melrose Place, A Simple Wish, are just a few of the movies she starred in.
Then, she stopped, deciding that she wanted to quit Hollywood altogether.
The star of these shows appeared again in 2013, after Amanda Byne's big meltdown, writing the piece 7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy (An Insider's Perspective) on cracked.com. The piece blew up, getting over 40,000 people liking the original article on Facebook.
Within weeks, she was sitting in an interview with Katie Couric. It was the most press she had gotten since she starred in Thomas and the Magic Railroad in 2000.
After this incident, Mara Wilson realized that people did want to hear what she had to say. And she was going to be the one to tell it. She set aside the next few years to write her new book Where Am I Now? Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, out this month.
"I did want to set the record straight on what had happened to me," she confessed in an interview with Vanity Fair. "If you see somebody in movies when they're young, and then they seem to disappear, you wonder what happened to them. I wonder what happened to them."
The book follows everything about Wilson's "life after Hollywood" to "weird, nerdy, loud girl with bad teeth and bad hair whose bra strap was always showing" to NYU student and writer.
She's become a bit of a Twitter master, happy to share her thoughts, and curate witty Tweets from her fans with her clout and using the power of the "retweet".
"I wanted to draw more attention to other people's things, to other people's work, and to amplify their voices," she says.
Mara Wilson is gaining her voice back and she happy to share her experience in her new book, Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, in stores now.