Where Am I Now? by Mara WilsonFor readers of Lena Dunham, Allie Brosh and Roxane Gay, this funny, poignant, daringly honest collection of personal essays introduces Mara Wilson—the former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire—as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female.
Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.
Mara Wilson: Matilda and Me at 30
Mara Wilson had a string of successful movies in the s, and became one of the biggest child actors ever. Like Macaulay Culkin before her, she retired from acting at a young age. But what is she doing now and what has she been up to? Mara Wilson is an American writer and former child actress. Since retiring from film acting, Mara has become a writer, penning the play Sheeple, which was produced for the New York International Fringe Festival in
It becomes clear from the very beginning of our interview that Wilson is as candid as they come.
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On another, I feel as if we have a unique connection—that I am one of the privileged few who really understands her. He could be a bit of a curmudgeon, and was never shy in his books about denouncing the things he disliked, from animal abuse to chewing gum.
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