Matilda actress Mara Wilson berates the way Hollywood’s child stars are treated in Britney doc’s wake
Ms. Doubtfire actress Mara Wilson has slammed Hollywood in the wake of new documentary Britney Spears, in which she describes the ‘scars’ of being a child star.
Wilson, who also appeared as a youth in Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street, said she was’ sexualized ‘from an early age and added,’ People asked me, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ in interviews since I was 6.
Reporters asked me who I thought was the sexiest actor and about Hugh Grant’s arrest for looking for a prostitute. It was cute when 10 year olds sent me letters saying they were in love with me. It wasn’t when 50-year-old men did. ‘
Register in The New York Times She added: ‘The way people talked about Britney Spears was scary to me then, and it still is today. Her story is a striking example of a phenomenon that I have witnessed for many years: our culture is building these girls to destroy them.
Fortunately, people are becoming aware of what we did to Mrs. Spears and are starting to apologize. But we still live with the scars. Wilson, now 33, added, “ When you’re young and famous, there’s no such thing as control. ”
Her comments come in the wake of the new documentary Framing Britney Spears, which focuses on the singer’s court-sanctioned conservatorship overseen by her father, Jamie Spears.
It also features the rise of the singer – from her early childhood to her first record deal, revealing the many ways her story has been manipulated by those in her life.
Ms. Doubtfire and Matilda actress Mara Wilson slammed Hollywood in the aftermath of the new Britney Spears documentary, in which she describes the ‘scars’ of being a child star
Spears fans have asked for apologies from celebrities, including David Letterman, Diane Sawyer, Sarah Silverman and Perez Hilton, for either joking about her mental health more than a decade ago or putting her in a harsh light.
Wilson added, “Many moments in Mrs. Spears’s life were familiar to me. We had both made us dolls, had close friends and boyfriends who shared our secrets, and grown men who commented on our bodies.
“But my life was easier, not just because I was never famous on tabloids, but because, unlike Mrs. Spears, I always had the support of my family.”
Spears’ father Jamie was given conservatorship over his daughter in 2008 – giving him control over her financial and medical decisions – after she suffered from mental health problems that landed her in the hospital.
The singer has now gone to court in an attempt to dissolve her conservatorship.
Wilson’s comments come in the aftermath of the new documentary Framing Britney Spears, which focuses on the singer’s court-sanctioned conservatorship overseen by her father, Jamie Spears. It also features the singer’s rise to stardom – from her early childhood to her first record deal, revealing the many ways her story has been manipulated by those in her life.
Spears’ father Jamie was given conservatorship over his daughter in 2008 – giving him control over her financial and medical decisions – after she suffered from mental health problems that landed her in the hospital. The singer has now gone to court in an attempt to dissolve her conservatorship
Wilson – speaking of the pressure to be a child star and getting bad reviews late last year – said, “ By 2000, Ms. Spears was labeled a ‘Bad Girl.’ Bad Girls, I noted, were mostly girls showing some sign of sexuality. ‘
She also recalled an interview she had to give on her 13th birthday in which she was labeled a “spoiled brat.”
Wilson added, ‘It included what I now call’ The Narrative ‘, the idea that anyone who grew up in the open will meet a tragic ending.
“I was trained to appear as normal as possible, to be as normal as possible – whatever it took to avoid my inevitable demise.”
Wilson tells how she told the journalist who interviewed her that she “hated” Spears when asked about the singer.
She adds, ‘I didn’t really hate Britney Spears. But I would never have admitted that I liked her. I usually think I had already absorbed the version of The Narrative around her. ‘
Wilson said, “Much of The Narrative is the assumption that famous children deserve it. They asked for this by getting famous and entitled, so it’s okay to attack them. In fact, The Narrative often has much less to do with the child than with the people around them.
MGM gave Judy Garland pills to stay awake and lose weight when she was just a teenager. Former child actress Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered by an obsessed stalker. Drew Barrymore, who went to rehab as a young teenager, had an alcoholic father and mother who took her to Studio 54 instead of school. ‘
After Framing Britney Spears was released on February 5, Justin Timberlake apologized to both Britney and Janet Jackson, whose chest he exposed during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004.
He wrote on Instagram: ‘I’ve seen the posts, tags, comments and concerns and I want to respond.
“I deeply regret the times in my life when my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn or did not stand up for the right.
“I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, both separately, because I care about and respect these women and I know I’ve failed.”
Wilson recalled an interview she had to give on her 13th birthday in which she was labeled a “spoiled brat.” She is pictured next to Mrs. Doubtfire’s case in 1993
Wilson said: ‘Many moments in Mrs. Spears’ life were known to me’
Britney’s father has not publicly commented on the documentary, but was confirmed as his daughter’s co-curator at the Los Angeles Superior Court last week.
In the past, he’s lashed out at those in the # FreeBritney movement who criticized him for his role in the conservatory.
He called #FreeBritney ‘a joke’ and said in August last year, ‘All these conspiracy theorists know nothing. The world has no idea.
“It’s up to the California court to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s not someone else’s business. ‘
The documentary’s historical take on the circumstances that led to the Conservatory’s founding in 2008 has sparked sympathy for Britney Spears and increased attention to the case and the so-called # FreeBritney movement from fans who want to see her released and take control of it. her life.
Those fans increasingly include celebrities. Many, including Bette Midler, tweeted the hashtag #FreeBritney after the documentary aired. Miley Cyrus shouted ‘We love Britney!’ during her pre-Super Bowl performance.