You might remember the movie “Matilda” and its charming young star. Young Mara Wilson was a sweetheart, with her toothy grin and wide eyes. Her presence went a long way toward making “Matilda” the hit that it was.
Child Actors Post-Stardom
She was not, however, one of those child actors who arrives on the scene one day and then remains in the public eye for decades to come. Since the release of “Matilda,” Mara Wilson has faded into relative obscurity, but it isn’t because she hasn’t been doing anything noteworthy. She just hasn’t been participating in the big-budget projects that gain you the public’s attention these days.
So what has she been doing? Well, for one thing, she’s been on Night Vale.
Night Vale & Cracked
For the uninitiated, Night Vale is a podcast-one of the most popular podcasts of all time, in fact-about a strange desert town where the unusual is the usual. The podcast is structured around the character of Cecil’s radio broadcasts, but Cecil often has guests on his show, and one of these guests was Mara Wilson.
Mara Wilson is the voice of one of the candidates for mayor of Night Vale-the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your House. She does a great job with a character that’s every bit as bizarre as the other Welcome to Night Vale characters.
Wilson’s strengths don’t just lie in the world of mundane horror, though-she also shows promise in comedy. She has contributed a handful of articles to Cracked, a popular humor website whose list format has become pervasive in internet writing.
There’s no doubt that Wilson’s history as a child star is part of what makes her appealing to the Cracked team. However, she’s a very talented humor writer in her own right-if she wanted to pursue it full-time, I think she’s have a shot.
In fact, one of the most interesting things Wilson has done post-stardom is humor related. She had a cameo in a Nostalgia Critic video that caught a lot of people’s attention. After all, the Nostalgia Critic, who used to review old TV shows and movies in a humorous way, didn’t have guest stars very often. Mara Wilson, however, was certainly worthy of the distinction.
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