Child Star Mara Wilson Is Glad She’s Not Famous Like The Olsen Twins

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Ok you guys, hold the freaking phone, because apparently all this time we have been duped by the media into thinking we must accept ridiculous behavior by child stars awkwardly growing up, aka Miley Cyrus. We are constantly told to “leave them alone” because they are just growing up and having fun, yet we are to ignore the horrible examples they are setting for our young girls?

After hearing about child star Mara Wilson and reading about what a normal, grounded and intelligent young woman she is, we no longer have any tolerance for superficial trashy stars, not that we had a lot to start with (let’s be honest!).

So you may remember this gorgeous face as the youngest of Robin Williams’ and Sally Fields’ three children in Mrs. Doubtfire, and of course her most famous film, playing the title role in Matilda.

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These days, Wilson spends her time as a writer. She has a blog where you can read her everyday ramblings, which we have to tell you, already are more interesting behind the definition of the word “twerk”, so please read it.

Her other passion in life is writing plays, and told the Guardian she was happy to transition to a behind-the-scenes role after her turn as a child star.

“It’s really a rush. It’s fun because you’re taking your story and recreating it and owning it in a way. It’s a nice little mix of being an observer and being a writer and being an actor and doing that all in one.”

But it doesn’t look like she has any immediate plans to jump back onto the big screen, as she says that world felt too competitive for her. Clearly this was not what she felt was a valuable use of her time: constantly chasing after a Hollywood dream and an ideal of a public image which revolves around appearances.

“Every day I’m glad I wasn’t Olsen twins famous” she wrote in a blog she wrote for Cracked.com in May 2013.

One thing she does possess is intelligence, and an opinion on the state of all the awful role models the child stars of today are becoming.

“These young women see that what it is to be a woman is to be sexy and sexualized,” she said, as she hits the nail on the proverbial hammer.

For Mara, when it comes to child stars being able to grow into mature adults, it starts with having a grounded upbringing, and supportive parents as opposed to money-hungry stage moms and dads who are vicariously living their Hollywood dream through their offspring.

It’s clear a lot of parents lose control once their kids become such huge stars, they becoming properties of a marketing machine and a brand. Essentially, they become pint-sized money makers for a huge corporation.

Her reasons seem like common sense when talking about child stars, but unless we have personally been through it ourselves, we can hardly empathize.

The notion of young actresses being portrayed as adolescent sex symbols, getting used to tonnes of attention then having it all disappear seemingly overnight, and the need to rebel against the many rules and regulations they are used to from a young age are all viable reasons why child stars lose the plot and struggle to find their identity once they are old enough to make their own choices.

It wasn’t all negative for Mara, who counts her strong, grounded parents as the reason for maintaining some sanity and reality as she grew up. She is extremely thankful for all her experiences, one of which was meeting the Queen of England, but is uncompromising on the “reality” aspect of life. And no, she doesn’t mean a particular genre of television show.

In other words, real life is much more appealing than trying to be a celebrity.

“People who meet me as an adult are often surprised that I’m alive and have never been in prison or rehab. I write stuff and tell stories, but I’m not a celebrity and wouldn’t want to be one. I’m much more “reformed drama nerd” than ‘former child star,’ and I like it that way.

As for former child star Lindsay Lohan, you’d better believe she has an opinion, but more than that, some great advice: “If I were to talk to Lindsay Lohan, I’d encourage her to get the hell out of acting and into something soothing. Take up botany or something.”
“But she wouldn’t be likely to listen to me…because she’s been acting all her life, she has little education, and in her mind, there’s nothing else she could do.”It certainly is a sad picture to paint, but should also serve as a friendly warning to all the impressionable young women who are looking to the wrong type of role models, find the girls who really represent what it means to live a meaningful, grounded and intelligent life.

Aspiring to be a celebrity, reality TV star or just plain old ‘famous’ is the most vapid, unsubstantial way to live a life. That’s not to say people don’t legitimately make a living from show business, but your motives have to be in the right place.
Mara’s wise words for those who either are aspiring young actors and actresses, or who have kids who want to get into the biz are this: “Make sure it’s really your choice, get out of it when it stops being fun, and get an education.”Mara Wilson

7 Comments

  1. But the Olsen twins have overcome Child Star Syndrome. They opted for a seclusive life and focus on their 1 billion dollar fashion empire. They’ve turned out to be intelligent business women and respected award-winning designers. To think that those girls have the right to be resentful because they never had a normal childhood. They were put in that industry from the time they were nine months old. They didn’t really have a choice. But they chose to overcome child star syndrome.

  2. But the Olsen twins have overcome Child Star Syndrome. They opted for a seclusive life and focus on their 1 billion dollar fashion empire. They've turned out to be intelligent business women and respected award-winning designers. To think that those girls have the right to be resentful because they never had a normal childhood. They were put in that industry from the time they were nine months old. They didn't really have a choice. But they chose to overcome child star syndrome..

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