‘Matilda’ star Mara Wilson on Britney Spears’ ‘scary’ treatment

Mara Wilson is calling it “the narrative” that takes girls down in Hollywood. In an opinion piece for The New York Times Titled “The Lies Hollywood Tells About Girls” on Tuesday, Wilson spoke about the parallels between her and the treatment of Britney Spears in the media.

Like Wilson, who starred in movies like Matilda Y Lady. Doubtfire – He wrote, there is an idea in Hollywood that “anyone who has grown up in the public eye will meet a tragic end.” That affected the way she, Spears and other stars lived their lives, and it also led Wilson to declare in an interview at age 13 that he was not a fan of Spears.

At the time, Wilson said she had absorbed “the narrative” surrounding the pop star, who is 6 years her senior. She didn’t want to be like her.

“The way people talked about Britney Spears was terrifying to me then, and it still is now. Her story is a striking example of a phenomenon I have witnessed for years: our culture builds these girls only to destroy them,” he wrote Wilson. . “Fortunately, people are realizing what we did to Ms. Spears and starting to apologize to her. But we continue to live with the scars.”

The former child star recalls being sexualized by the media at age 13, despite her appearances in family movies and never appearing “in anything more revealing than a knee-length sundress.”

“This was all intentional – my parents thought I’d be safer that way. But it didn’t work,” she explained. “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 soliciting a prostitute. It was nice when 10-year-olds sent me letters saying they were in love with me. when 50-year-old men did it. ”

Wilson said he never experienced sexual harassment on the set of a movie, but “it always got into the hands of the media and the public.”

“The saddest thing about Ms Spears’ ‘collapse’ is that it never had to happen. When she separated from her husband, shaved her head and furiously attacked a paparazzi car with an umbrella, the narrative was forced on her, but the reality was I was a new mother facing major life changes, “said Wilson. “People need space, time and care to deal with these things. She had none of that.”

Although Spears has been a ward since 2008, the ongoing legal battle with her father has garnered even more attention after the viral #FreeBritney movement and the recent launch of The New York Times presents framing Britney Spears, an unauthorized documentary about the life of the pop star.

In an interview with ET last July, Wilson opened up more about the “cruelty” he experienced in the public eye.

“I was frustrated with Hollywood, with Hollywood beauty standards, and also with people who would be my fans but who would cross borders or be creepy,” he said. “So there was a lot of frustration on my part.”

“I was frustrated and angry with it for a long time, and now I have made peace with it. I don’t think I could have done this ten years ago,” she added about her participation in the recent Alex Winter documentary. , Children of the entertainment world. “I think he was still frustrated.”

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