In a recent essay published by The New York Times, actress and author Mara Wilson opened up about the difficulties of being a child star and condemned the “terrifying” way the media treated Britney Spears throughout her rise to stardom.
Wilson, who got her first big break when she was cast in 1993’s “Mrs. Doubtfire,” was later cast as the lead in the 1996 film “Matilda.” The role earned her three nominations for her performance and took home the YoungStar Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Film.
The “Miracle on 34th Street” actress, now 33, wrote of the similar struggles that she faced as a child star in the wake of FX’s popular “Framing Britney Spears” documentary, which has sparked national outcry amid the fan-led #FreeBritney movement.
‘We’re Still Living With The Scars’
Wilson described her discomfort with the way people used to talk about Spears, explaining that it “was terrifying to me then, and it still is now.”
“Her story is a striking example of a phenomenon I’ve witnessed for years,” she continued. “Our culture builds these girls up just to destroy them. Fortunately, people are becoming aware of what we did to Ms. Spears and starting to apologize to her. But we’re still living with the scars.”
Although Wilson admits that she was never sexually harassed on any of the film sets she worked on