'Matilda' actor Mara Wilson recalls being sexualized as a child star: 'I made the mistake of Googling myself when I was 12'
Former child star Mara Wilson released a new memoir on Scribd, "Good Girls Don't."
In an interview with The Guardian, Wilson opened up about being sexualized as a child actor.
She said adult men sent her inappropriate messages and her photo appeared on porn sites.
Mara Wilson was just 6 years old when she made her onscreen debut in "Mrs. Doubtfire" in 1993, and she went on to star in "Matilda" in 1996.
Now 35, Wilson is speaking out about being sexualized as a child star.
In an interview with The Guardian published Monday, Wilson said that she witnessed sexual harassment on set as a child and that journalists asked her which actor she found "sexiest" when she was 7. She also said that her photo appeared on porn sites with her face edited onto other girls' bodies.
"I had people sending me inappropriate letters and posting things about me online," she told The Guardian. "I made the mistake of Googling myself when I was 12 and saw things that I couldn't unsee."
Wilson details her experiences with early fame in her new short-form audiobook memoir on Scribd, "Good Girls Don't," which was released on April 18.
"I don't think you can be a child star without there being some kind of lasting damage," she told The Guardian.
It's not the first time Wilson has spoken about being objectified as a child star. She he has also written about the pitfalls of childhood stardom for Cracked, The Guardian, and The New York Times.
"People had been asking me, 'Do you have a boyfriend?' in interviews since I was 6," she wrote for The New York Times in February 2021. "Reporters asked me who I thought the sexiest actor was and about Hugh Grant's arrest for soliciting a prostitute. It was cute when 10-year-olds sent me letters saying they were in love with me. It was not when 50-year-old men did. Before I even turned 12, there were images of me on foot fetish websites and Photoshopped into child pornography. Every time, I felt ashamed."
Wilson retired from acting when she was 13 and became an author and journalist, publishing a memoir, "Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame," in 2016. She has since done voiceover work for animated TV shows including "BoJack Horseman" and "Big Hero 6: The Series," among others.
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