Mara Wilson: Film Acting is Not Fun
Don't know if this belongs in the gossip thread, but it does address Hollywood standards of beauty, a topic that comes up so often here:
'Matilda' Child Star: Film Acting is Not Fun
You may not know her by name, but perhaps that is by design. 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. How likable is Wilson now?