As a ‘90s child star, Mara Wilson captured the imagination of kids everywhere with her roles in feel-good classics like Miracle on 34th Street, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Matilda. But for Mara herself, who even at the age of 7 acknowledged in an interview with Katie Couric that that she might not want to act all her life but would very much like to be a “script writer,” a career in Hollywood wasn’t ever likely to compete with her dream of becoming a published author one day.
Nearly 16 years later, Mara, who stopped acting in her early teens and now works as a writer and voice artist, has released her first book of essays titled Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. Tackling everything from discovering in adolescence that people thought she was no longer “cute” enough for Hollywood, to dealing with the death of her mother, the essays that make up the book are refreshingly candid; Mara takes the reader on the same journey of self-acceptance she has been on since “accidentally" becoming famous. Written in a relatable way, with many of the essays illuminating universal struggles many of us have had to work through, Where Am I Now? is a coming-of-age story that will make you laugh one moment and break your heart the next.
I caught up with Mara to chat about her love of writing, revisiting her childhood, and what her 9-year-old self would think about seeing her career aspirations finally realised.
You can read our interview here.