Mara Wilson Relates to Britney Spears in Powerful Op-Ed About the ‘Terrifying’ Side of Hollywood

Mara Wilson Relates to Britney Spears in Powerful Op-Ed About the ‘Terrifying’ Side of Hollywood

The tale of two Hollywood starlets. Mara Wilson penned a powerful op-ed about Britney Spears while reflecting on the downsides of growing up in the spotlight. The Matilda star, 33, wrote in The New York Times on Tuesday, February 23, that she “made one of the biggest mistakes” of her life on her 13th birthday while candidly speaking with a Canadian journalist during a long press tour for her 2000 movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad. “The writer had asked me what I thought of Britney Spears. Apparently, I replied that I ‘hated’ her,” Wilson recalled. “I didn’t actually hate Britney Spears. 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 …
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