Mara Wilson shot to fame when she was just six years old, starring in a host of popular 90s children’s films, including Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda.
The actress, now 30, has spoken candidly about her life in the spotlight through her autobiography ‘Where Am I Now?’ and popular Twitter page, often speaking out against the way child stars in Hollywood are treated.
Now Mara has taken to Twitter to slam the sexualisation of the Stranger Things’ cast, with 13-year-old Millie Bobby Brown the breakout star from the hugely popular Netflix original series, alongside her male co-stars – 16-year-old Caleb McLaughlin, 15-year-old Gaten Matarazzo, 14-year-old Finn Wolfhard, and 13-year-old Noah Schnapp.
In a series of poignant tweets, Mara claimed that throughout her childhood she was more at risk from “grown-up male ‘fans'” than Hollywood insiders, calling out Stranger Things’ fans who have been commenting on Millie’s sophisticated appearance.
The star wrote: “The people that were mostly a threat to me as a child were not Hollywood insiders, but grown-up male ‘fans’. It does not feel good to have strange men comment on your body when you are 13, whether in a ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ way.
“You are repeatedly told that you dress too old, or you dress too young. It’s not just the Hollywood insiders that take advantage.
“The articles and the comments in response to this disgust me. It’s not just executives doing s****y things. Sometimes, it’s Viewers Like You.”
Mara went on to confess that she was “glad” to have been an “ugly teenager” – referencing a countdown clock to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen turning 18.
The former actress also explained that she tries to cut back on how much she comments on her glittering career online, but was unable to control her anger when she saw how the Stranger Things’ cast are being tweeted.
She wrote: “I used to complain about this stuff a lot more, I’ve cut back in recent years because I’ve realized how extremely lucky I was – I don’t want to be like, pity the poor child star, because most of us can afford therapy while a lot of other people can’t.
“But then I see this sexualizing, dehumanizing s*** happening to other child actors and it just makes me f****** furious.”
Mara concluded by saying that she “just wants the best for these kids”, retweeting fans who had added that they hope Millie and the rest of the cast have “allies” to support them through the madness of fame.
Mara replied: “I hope so, too. That is the most important thing a child actor needs: unconditionally loving friends and family, a stabilizing influence.”