Mara Wilson of 'Matilda' explains why 'child stars go crazy'
Mara Wilson is a former child star who has a few ideas on why other child stars seem to be prone to meltdowns as of late.
Wilson, who appeared in films like "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Matilda," wrote an essay on the humor website (Warning: article contains expletives) Cracked.com titled "7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy" that was published on Tuesday, May 28.
While offering some anecdotal evidence, the 25-year-old actress lists reasons like "They Need to Rebel, But Can't" and "They Get Used to Love and Attention, and Then Lose It" as just some of the reasons why child stars can go on to have meltdowns and have trouble with the law like Lindsay Lohan and her multiple jail visits and Amanda Bynes' recent run-in with the New York Police Department.
Wilson writes in the often humorous article that while her parents encouraged her to view acting as a hobby and tried to keep her grounded, other children in the business were not as lucky to have such good influences in their lives.
"I saw many child actors who did not have that, and they were all miserable. Kids whose parents pushed them into acting often grow up to resent them," Wilson wrote. "They never had a choice, and worse, they never had the chance to be a kid."
She also wrote that once acting on film stopped being fun, she left the industry and worked a few "crappy jobs." At first, she was afraid that someone would recognize her from her film roles, but then she let it go, something that other child stars might be too proud to do.
"Eventually, I had to stop caring: It didn't affect my paycheck, and I liked working hard (which led to me getting a job I actually liked)," she said. "But most former child stars are proud and sensitive and don't have much of an education. It's easier for them to hold onto what they did in their past and make money that way."
Wilson notes that many child stars who succeed as adults eventually leave Hollywood and go to higher education. She went on to New York University.
Although many of Wilson's points are tackled with humor, she also notes that many child stars are sexually exploited and abused, citing Corey Feldman as an example. She even shares her own experience of being exploited on the Internet.
The former child star also recently Tweeted about the positive response her article has received and wrote, "The internet generally likes my @cracked article! Now, next, I just need to write about bacon, cats, or breasts."
In March 2013, she appeared in an interview on the comedy talk show "Running Late with Scott Rogowsky" at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York City. The first part of her interview can be viewed below.