For most eight year olds, life is pretty surreal. The days are long, filled with monkey bars and magic, slip and slides, spelling words and an uncorrupted, blissful sense of wonder.
For child actors, not so much. They inhabit in the adult world before their time, missing the magic as they make it.
If you’re a millennial, or the parent of one, chances are you’ve recently watched your favorite child stars turn from dimpled, peachy cheeked wunderkinds into wild, drugged up felons.
At some point, distracted by periods and that cute guy with the dreamy eyes in your Monday afternoon maths class, you blinked. The next thing you knew Lindsay Lohan was getting out of jail, Amanda Bynes was abusing celebs on Twitter, and Beibs thinks it’s okay to call some chick a ‘beached whale’. #whatadouche.
And, of course, Hannah Montana got engaged to the man of your dreams and swung naked on a wrecking ball. As you do.
But there is good news too, my friends.
One of the biggest child stars of the 90’s, famous for her roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, has grown up to be the poster girl for the ‘well-adjusted post-Hollywood child star’.
That’s right, Matilda Wormwood – your magically nerdy BFF with the awesome hair ribbon – lives on.
Her name is Mara Wilson and she rocks.
Here is why:
1. She’s mature.
At age 13, while most of us were still mourning the fact that we didn’t receive a letter from Hogwarts, Wilson was ‘breaking up’ with Hollywood and searching for a more ‘fulfilling’ pastime.