Saturday 24 August 2019

Matilda star Mara Wilson sends sassy response to Daily Mail headline which claims she 'looks unrecognisable'

Mara Wilson in Matilda (1996)
Mara Wilson in Matilda (1996)
Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman and Mara Wilson in Matilda (1996)

Sasha Brady

Matilda star Mara Wilson just tweeted a sassy response to a Daily Mail headline.

You may remember Mara (29) as the adorable title character in the 1996 movie Matilda.

The former child actor, who now works as a playwright, appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Wednesday to share some secrets behind the movie - which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Daily Mail then ran a story on the interview.

"Mara Wilson is unrecognisable from her Matilda character," read the headline accompanying the article.

Mara, without missing a beat, tweeted her reply: "It's called "being an adult and wearing make up".

While the headline focused on her appearance, the article focused on a heartwarming part of the ITV interview where Mara revealed a sweet gesture that her Matilda co-star Danny DeVito paid her dying mother Suzie.

Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman and Mara Wilson in Matilda (1996)
Danny DeVito, Rhea Pearlman and Mara Wilson in Matilda (1996)

While they were filming the Roald Dahl story, Mara was worried that her mother, who was a big fan of the book, might not live long enough to see the movie. However, unbeknown to her, DeVito found a way to make sure her mother would get her wish.

"I never knew this but he took the film, as it was almost completed, and showed it to my mother when she was in the hospital so she could get a chance to see it," Mara revealed.

"That was very heartening because she really loved it, she really loved the book, she used to read the book out loud to children at my brother's school and that's when I fell in love with the book.

"Our whole family loved it so much, it was really a family tradition, a family affair and it just makes me so heartwarmed to know that she was involved until the end."

Mara Wilson on ITV's Lorraine
Mara Wilson on ITV's Lorraine

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