Writing is not just a regurgitation of thoughts onto paper. A final piece of writing takes time, effort, and probably lots of coffee. To explore the world of writing and its ability to help craft the narratives of the future, we sat down with the Queen of the one liner’s and one of the most articulate people we’ve met: Mara Wilson.
If you need an introduction to who Mara Wilson is, you probably need to leave this page and go do some googling, and subsequently browsing on Amazon for a select number of films.
Mara dabbled in the world of acting as a child, known for playing a number of iconic characters such as Matilda Wormwood in Matilda (1996) and Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). After a few more films, Mara retired from acting to pursue writing full time, only stepping into the field once or twice. She has chronicled her life in a book that she penned called Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame, diving into her acting days, what that career meant to her, and how she evolved as she grew up.
She has dabbled in a few types of writing, including stage plays and stories. Hey play Sheeple was produced for the New York International Fringe Festival in 2013. As she mentions in the interview, she’d love to dive into fiction work down the road.
We got an opportunity catch up with Mara Wilson in Toronto when she attended the Toronto ComiCon 2018, where she discussed her interest in writing and what she’d like to tackle next, the need for more informed writing in our current social climates, and how individuals can use art as a medium for conversation.
Cover Photo by Ari Scott. Courtesy of Mara Wilson.