'Matilda' Star Mara Wilson Looks Barely Recognizable at 31, but She Preserved Her Charming Smile

Mara Wilson who is known for her beautiful smile is all grown up — and she is totally unrecognizable.

Mara gained worldwide fame and recognition for her work in the hit movie, "Matilda," produced in 1996 and based on the book by Roald Dahl, a British writer. 

"There are parts here and there that I’d like to play, but they’re not as interesting to me as writing."

The former child star has concentrated on writing since resigning from film acting. She wrote the play "Sheeple" which was produced for the New York International Fringe Festival in 2013. She also wrote her memoir "Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame" in 2016.

After watching her oldest brother Danny act, Mara became interested in acting. Her father, Mike Wilson, a television broadcast engineer, and her mother, Suzie Wilson, a homemaker, wouldn't let her act at first, but they eventually agreed to let her go into acting.

In 1993, she was invited to audition for the film "Mrs. Doubtfire" and won the part of Natalie Hillard. This was followed by the remake of "Miracle on 34th Street" the following year.

In 1995, her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away in 1996, after production on "Matilda" had wrapped. The film was dedicated to her mother's memory. Mara then lost some of her enthusiasm for acting.

In a 2013 interview, she said that her film acting days are over and that she is rather concentrating on writing.

"Acting is something I did when I was a kid," she explained. "I do act sometimes in friends’ projects but, when I do, it’s just for fun."

"It is actually a hobby for me now. I do still love stage acting, but the day-to-day process of being an actor is so exhausting and so taxing. There are parts here and there that I’d like to play, but they’re not as interesting to me as writing."

Mara lived in Queens, New York and was involved with compulsive storytelling. In 2016, after the Orlando nightclub shooting, she came out as bisexual in solidarity with the LGBT community.

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