Mara Wilson on What Happened after 'Matilda' and Why She Quit Hollywood

39 min

The Mrs. Doubtfire star shares what Robin Williams was really like, why Hufflepuffs make great significant others, and how she ended up elbowing Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the crotch.

Today, we are joined by Mara Wilson, a name you might remember from Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, and Miracle on 34th Street. She’s since traded Hollywood for a life of writing and being a badass performer at storytelling and comedy shows. Her new book, Where Am I Now?, takes us through her childhood fame and everything that has followed.

We talk about what it was like to grow up on screen...

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...what Robin Williams was really like...

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...the importance of de-stigmatizing mental health...

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...why Hufflepuffs make great partners...

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...how the word "cute" has the power to be condescending and affirming...


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...and how Mara ended up elbowing Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the crotch.

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Mara also drops truth bombs like this one: "Having a fan base is like having strict parents, except they don't love you unconditionally."

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And we cap things off with a song of Mara's choosing, "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls:

Until next week!

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