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Here is an interview done with Mara Wilson with Girl's Life Magazine:

Hangin With Mara Wilson

Girls' Life: Who's Matilda?

Mara: She's a really smart girl-very brave and very intelligent. But she was born into a bad family.

GL: How bad?

Mara: Her dad's a used car salesman-a crook. He does stuff like puts sawdust in the engine and puts a bumper on with Super Glue.

GL: What about the mom?

Mara: The mother likes bingo and money. She wears tons of makeup, paints her toenails and wears feathers in her yellow hair. But all she truly cares about is money, money, money.

GL: Is that so bad?

Mara: Well, they don't appreciate Matilda. They always say things like, "My only daughter, I've never understood you one little bit." And they won't even let her go to school.

GL: No school?

Mara: Well, they finally let her go to school. And then she has this really mean principal named Miss Trunchbull, who says, "Creativity distracts from productivity." But there's a really nice teacher called Miss Honey.

GL: Is the woman who plays Miss Trunchbull mean in real life?

Mara: Oh, no! We should make our own documentary about her. Before she goes in for her makeup, she is like a beauty. And when she comes out, she's a disgusting beast.

GL: Now that you're filming, are you able to go to school?

Mara: No, I have a studio teacher on the set.

GL: Do you think the studio teacher is more like Miss Trunchbull or more like Miss Honey?

Mara: Well, he's a man, but I'd say he's somewhere in the middle, depending on what mood he's in that day.

GL: Have you ever had a teacher in real life as sweet as Miss Honey?

Mara: Yes. I go to public school in Burbank, and I had the same teacher for first and second grade. I absolutely loved her!

GL: How about Miss Trunchbull? Have you ever had a teacher so mean?

Mara: As a matter of fact, I have. I had a substitute teacher once, and she was really mean. We were playing a game, and she yelled, "Get back there!"

GL: Did it hurt your feelings?

Mara: Not really. It just scared me.

GL: Does it scare you when Miss Trunchbull yells?

Mara: Well, no. I'm not trying to brag or anything, but I know it's just acting. In fact, sometimes it makes me want to laugh.

GL: How did you get started in acting?

Mara: Well, my older brother Danny was doing commercials, and I went to my mom and I said, "I want to do what Danny does." She said, "No, you don't." But I said, "Yes, I want to see myself on TV."

GL: Was it hard to do auditions?

Mara: Well, for my first audition, I didn't get the part. But I said, "That's OK. I can do another one."

GL: When was your first big break?

Mara: Well, I got the part in an Oscar Mayer commercial. But it never ran because another girl who was in the ad with me fell asleep.

GL: And you still weren't discouraged?

Mara: No, my next commercial was a Marshall's sweater ad. It only ran for one weekend during a holiday sale. But it was fun, and I wore tights with snowmen on them.

GL: How did you make the transition from commercials to movies?

Mara: Well, they took me in three times to try for the part in Mrs. Doubtfire. Then I flew to San Francisco for a screen test. It was funny because I was talking to these two kids there, and I thought, "I wish that these two people would be in the movie with me." Then when I went for the first time on the set, they were there! They were playing as my brother and sister.

GL: Were you excited to have the part?

Mara: Yeah. When I found out, it was Valentine's Day, and I thought, "Wow!"

GL: What was it like to act with Robin Williams?

Mara: Well, it's funny because I didn't even know who he was. I only knew his voice from Aladdin.

GL: Well, obviously, now you know him pretty well.

Mara: Yeah, and he's sooo funny. And it was weird because sometimes I would always forget that it was even him dressed up as Mrs. Doubtfire. She became so real to us. I would just think of her as her, and I'd say, "Hey, Mrs. Doubtfire, how've you been?"

GL: Was it like that in Miracle on 34th Street? Did you think you were on the set with the real Santa Claus?

Mara: No, because I don't believe in Santa Claus since I'm Jewish. I definitely believe in the Tooth Fairy

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