[[quoteright:340:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Mara_Then_Now_1380.png]][[caption-width-right:340:From an adorable child actress, to a witty writer and storyteller.[[note]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnkKmpgl0uk And she wields unholy powers from beyond our realm!]][[/note]]]]

->''Don't fuck with Mara Wilson!''
-->--''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''

Mara Elizabeth Wilson (born July 24, 1987) is a [[FormerChildStar former child actress]] who was in several films in TheNineties (best known as the title character in the feature film adaptation of Roald Dahl's ''Film/{{Matilda}}''), but decided to leave when she realized "film acting is not very fun", in her own words.

She still works in entertainment, but as a playwright after graduating from NYU. She also writes a blog, "[[http://marawilsonwritesstuff.com/ Mara Wilson Writes Stuff]]", to which she often posts humorous stories and the like. Her [[https://twitter.com/marawilson Twitter feed]] is similarly humorous. She's [[http://www.cracked.com/members/MaraWilson/ also written]] for Website/{{Cracked}}.

She has also done guest spots on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, revealing that she has unholy powers that she will use to punish those who blindly mock her. According to [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], she obtained these powers from {{God}} Himself.

She also has a recurring role on ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' as The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home.

Evidently, she's well aware of the existence of Wiki/TVTropes, too, [[http://marawilsonwritesstuff.com/top-girl-the-game-for-everyone/ mentioning]] ArtisticLicensePhysics (back when [[Administrivia/RenamedTropes it was known as]] You Fail Physics Forever) [[http://marawilsonwritesstuff.com/an-essay-about-me-by-jenny-donoghue/ and]] CloudCuckoolander, as well as a tendency to check this page. (Hi, Mara! We're happy you exist!)

In September 2016 she released her first book ''Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame''

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!!Associated Tropes:

* AbilityOverAppearance: For the remake of ''Miracle on 34th Street'', filmmakers considered giving the child a GenderFlip to be a boy. But someone recommended Mara for the part and after an audition, they cast her.
* ActorInspiredElement: The doll that Matilda waves at during the "Little Bitty Pretty One" sequence was designed by Mara herself.
* AwesomeDearBoy: She was a huge fan of ''Matilda'' the book and jumped at the chance to play her in a film.
* AdamWesting: An InvertedTrope variation. Usually, when an actor engages in this they're playing a CloudCuckooLander variation of themselves. Mara Wilson's idea (at least when it comes to Channel Awesome) of this is to [[MemeticMutation WIELD UNHOLY POWERS FROM BEYOND OUR REALM!!]]
* [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]]: Starred as a waitress as a background character in an episode of BroadCity.
* BiTheWay: Came out as bisexual after the Orlando nightclub shootings.
* BigApplesauce: Was a native of California, but as of 2015 lives in New York City; she is a graduate of NYU. Her spoken-word and comedy shows (notably ''What Are You Afraid Of?'') are held at NYC nightclubs, her play ''Sheeple'' enjoyed a run there, and she often [[Website/{{Twitter}} tweets]] and blogs about her experiences in the city.
* CerebusRetcon: According to one Cracked article, when she was younger she found herself on a foot fetish website devoted to child actresses - which she found quite funny. Years later she told a friend about it and then realised she had been on a child porn website.
* ClarkKenting: In the Nostalgia Chick's ''Matilda'' review. Disguised with her hair in a bun and a thick pair of glasses.
* ConvertedFanboy: Once convinced that [[Creator/DougWalker Doug]] was an asshole because of awful fans of his harassing her, now is practically an honorary Website/ChannelAwesome member and good friends with both him and Lindsay.
* CareerResurrection: Somewhat. She's not acting anymore and is focused on her writing, but her appearance on ''Nostalgia Critic'' got a lot of people interested in her life after [[FormerChildStar child stardom]].
* ContractualPurity: People are thrown off that Matilda now has...filled out in her adult years. She's joked that it's only a matter of time before someone accuses her of ruining their childhood because of her boobs. On a different note, people assumed that because she was in family friendly movies that her play ''Sheeple'' was also family friendly. She [[WordOfGod has described]] the phenomenon, at least where fans' reactions to her figure or adult discussions of her sexuality (even before her outing) are concerned, with some humor, in both interviews and her memoirs as "[[MadonnaWhoreComplex the Matilda/Whore Complex]]". She did however say in her autobiography that her parents had a rule that she could only star in family friendly movies. She also felt pressure to not be seen drinking or getting rowdy at parties out of fear of upsetting her kid fanbase.
* CreatorBacklash: ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' mainly because Susan was rewritten a lot during filming. She was conceived as a more interesting and intelligent child, but they kept dropping these traits to emphasise her cuteness. A lot of critics had a TastesLikeDiabetes reaction, which Mara herself agrees with.
* TheDreaded: When she shows up in Channel Awesome content, she generally appears as this.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Her internet persona may be an evil revenge-hungry she-demon, but she doesn't hate kids.
* GodNeverSaidThat: Despite people claiming the opposite, she is not ashamed of ''Film/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad''. She claimed she had fun making it, and loved working with everyone on it. Some of her backlash comes from the fact that she had to deal with developing breasts around the time they did re-shoots - which didn't help her issues with body image.
* IAmNotSpock: Apparently, people she encounters still call her Film/{{Matilda}}, prompting her to remind them that Matilda doesn't exist. She's been at some pains to emphasize that her overly perky, precocious film characters are quite different from her real personality, even back then. But she has said that Matilda was very close to her real personality, which is one of the reasons she wanted to play her in the first place.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Yes, [[https://twitter.com/MaraWilson/status/878702159344263168 she's well aware]] of the "Film/{{Matilda}} grew up to be [[Literature/{{Carrie}} Carrie White]]" fan theory, no need to parrot it at her.
* OneOfUs:
** On Twitter, she mentioned that she enjoys playing ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
** Her knowledge of, and appreciation and enthusiasm for [[Main/{{Theater}} stage musicals]] (''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' in particular is a favorite) is well-demonstrated, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and [[SelfDeprecation joked about]] on social media and in her blog; she's even done some comedic/musical stage shows based on this, and describes herself as more of a "reformed drama nerd" than FormerChildStar. (Yes, she has seen and loves ''Matilda: The Musical''.)
* PromotedFanboy: Has [[WordOfGod mentioned in an]] [[http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/04-2013/being-matilda_64967.html online Theatermania article]] that ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' was a favorite book of hers from early childhood, and that as soon as Mara's agent mentioned over the phone to her mother that a script called ''Matilda'' was submitted among the flood of scripts on her desk, her mother immediately asked for the script, knowing how much Mara loved the book.
* RemakeCameo: Discussed. She declined the suggestion to play Miss Honey in the musical version of ''Matilda'', but said she was open to having a cameo if they made a film.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: She jokes about how her figure filling out from puberty tends to throw people a bit.
-->'''Nella''': Holy shit, Matilda! You've got a great rack!
* ShipTease: Not above giving "the [[SlashFic slash-ficcers]] more material" (her words), though you really need ShippingGoggles to see it.[[note]](The incident she was referring to is during the "Nostalgic Foods" episode of ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' where she and Nella recreate the famous SpaghettiKiss scene from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''.)[[/note]]
* [[invoked]]TastesLikeDiabetes: Her getting typecast into these kinds of roles (and consequently people tending to assume she was actually that nauseatingly precocious in real life) is what got her to quit acting.
* VacationDearBoy: She opted to make ''Film/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'' to visit the UK.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** She was sent the script to ''Film/DonnieDarko'' but was ill at the time and got freaked out, so she turned it down.
** She auditioned to play the dual roles in Nancy Myers's remake of ''Film/TheParentTrap'' but was turned down for being too young.
** She really lobbied hard to play Sam in ''The Safety of Objects'', wanting to break away from children's movies. She was however deemed too voluptuous for the androgynous character, and asked to read for the more feminine friend. She didn't get either.
** In her autobiography right after she retired from acting, she turned down a part in an 'experimental' comedy series called ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
** She has mentioned many times on her Twitter account, as well as ''Where Am I Now?'', of auditioning for many of the roles that would eventually go to a younger Creator/KristenStewart, including ''Film/CatchThatKid''.
* [[invoked]]WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: She expressed horror on her Twitter page when a newspaper mentioned in summer 2013 that fans of the ''Theatre/{{Matilda}}'' musical (which not long before won multiple Tony awards) staged nearby in New York City would love to see Mara's play, ''Sheeple'' at a nearby venue purely based on the fact that she played Matilda Wormwood in the 1996 movie version. [[WordOfGod As she often stresses]], ''Sheeple'' is most definitely ''not'' for kids.

!!Works Include

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' (the episode "Mind Games")
* ''Film/{{Matilda}}''
* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (the 1994 remake)
* ''Film/ASimpleWish''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad''
* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' (the [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/35109-a-simple-wish review]] of ''A Simple Wish'')
* ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' (the episode "Lost In Translation (Bromance Version)")
* ''Shut Up and Talk'' (guest of first episode)
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' (the [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/36832-matilda review]] of ''Matilda''. ''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/42581-nostalgic-foods-of-yore-feat-mara-wilson Nostalgic Foods]]'', and she also [[http://www.formspring.me/ElisaInTime/q/365855450928801027 apparently]] helped out with the ''Charlie's Angels'' [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/36358-charlies-angels review]].
* ''{{Website/Cracked}}''
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': Recurring as The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home.
* ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'': As Jill Pill.

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