Matilda star Mara Wilson says she received letters from "creepy old men" as a child
Matilda actress Mara Wilson has revealed that she received letters from "creepy old men" when she was a child.
The star rose to fame in the 90s as a child actress, also appearing in the likes of Mrs Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Street.
She recently opened up about the darker side of fame ahead of the release of the new documentary Showbiz Kids.
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"I had generally good experiences in Hollywood," Wilson told Yahoo!. "That changed a little bit as I got older but the worst things that happened came either through the media or by people who considered themselves fans but were making me uncomfortable.
"The public perception messes people up. Getting fan letters from creepy old men when you're a child – that messes you up."
Wilson previously spoke out about the darker side of child fame in her book Where Am I Now: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame.
Meanwhile, in 2016 Wilson came out as bisexual/queer, though the following year she expressed regret at coming out in the wake of the June 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy.
"I often wish that I hadn't done it then because I got accused of taking advantage of a tragedy for personal attention," she said. "Now clearly I like attention, but I am not so callous as to make a tragedy about myself, my life and my story. That isn't what I was going for.
"A lot of people like to tell women — and especially queer women — that they are doing things for attention. And it is strange to me that the worst thing a woman can do is do something for attention."
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