Actress Mara Wilson talks Britney Spears, being sexualized
Actress and author Mara Wilson, known for her work in “Matilda,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and 1994’s “Miracle on 34th Street,” has penned a powerful essay for the New York Times about Britney Spears and the perils of child stardom.
On Tuesday, the NYT published an opinion piece in which Wilson, 33, recalled feeling manipulated and sexualized by the media from a young age — and empathized with pop icon Spears, whom she once told a reporter she hated at age 13.
“I didn’t actually hate Britney Spears,” Wilson wrote. “But I would never have admitted to liking her. There was a strong streak of ‘Not Like the Other Girls’ in me at the time, which feels shameful now — although hadn’t I had to believe that, when I’d spent so much of my childhood auditioning against so many other girls?
“Some of it was pure jealousy, that she was beautiful and cool in a way I’d never be. I think mostly, I had already absorbed the version of The Narrative surrounding her.”
Wilson’s reflection comes weeks after FX’s buzzy documentary series …
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