‘Matilda’ Child Star Reveals Why She Quit Acting

Nineties child star Mara Wilson has revealed why she quit performing for cameras in a recent blog post: “Here is something no real celebrity will ever tell you: film acting is not very fun.”

In the post, a seemingly frustrated Wilson discusses her childhood career—she appeared in films such as “Matilda” (1996), “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) and “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)—indicating the beauty standard for today’s big screen is too contentious for her, and the talent pool is impressive:

I think that there are many much more talented, much more conventionally attractive actresses out there who are taking the roles I would have been offered. To paraphrase the showtune, anything I can do, Anna Kendrick or Ellen Page or Jennifer Lawrence (or any actress from the plethora of actresses waiting to be “discovered”) can do better.

Wilson addresses the continued enthusiasm her fans have, many of whom ask her to return to film. She compares her early success to finger painting: “It’s flattering, but you haven’t finger-painted in years, and it seems like something you did a long, long time ago. You’ve realized you don’t particularly enjoy getting your hands dirty and that there are other outlets for your creative urges. But people are adamant: are you going to finger-paint again? When? Wait, you’re not? Why not?… That’s what it feels like.”

The former child star, now 24, attended New York University and now works as a playwright, according to Us Weekly. And yes, she does still act in theater productions and for voice-over work. But: “…no, you will not ever see me on “Dancing With The Stars.” Sorry.

Do you want Mara Wilson to return to film acting? Let us know your thoughts!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: HomoRazzi


  1. Juliet says:

    I admire Mara Wilson, as she decided to quit Hollywood and pursue the thing that made her happy. I’m pretty sure, whatever path she will take she will be successful. Good Luck Mara Wilson!

  2. Ashton says:

    It is shame that such a young talented child quit acting. Yet I can respect what she says because she is not a young child anymore. Acting is more competitive and being a cute appealing person does not guarantee a role. I do think she has the talents of any big movie star, and it is a shame she is not in anymore movies. However I respect that she went out of her way in order to accomplish her dreams.

  3. Tom says:

    She was very good in those films. Her points in the article demonstrate a person that is on their way to enjoying life. Hope to see some of her work in the future. I am sure she will help us to all have fun. Thank you for the interview so the ones that enjoyed your work can once again look forward to seeing it again. I disliked the interviewers continued questioning about returning to ‘anything’! Again, BEST WISHES MARA WILSON!

  4. Shannin says:

    Mara– I hope you have a great expirence in the career you enjoy! life is too short to waist time being unhappy. Good Luck & Have Fun!!! :) <3

  5. Sarah says:

    love, love, love her! All I can say, now as a 23 year old: I am grateful for her prior work because these movies will always – ALWAYS – be a significant and precious part of my childhood memories! :-) ))))

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