TGGC #75: Doing the work is the "secret" of being creative with Mara Wilson

You might recognize Mara Wilson from her roles in Matilda, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Miracle on 34th Street.

She’s recently released a memoir called Where Am I Now? and we sat down to chat about the creative process, managing mental health issues, and our obsessions with teen dramas.







In this episode we talk about

  • The freelance work and creative projects that Mara is spending her time on these days
  • Why voiceover acting is the only kind of acting she wants to do these days
  • What Mara’s creative process looks like
  • How she decided what was going to go into her book
  • The evolution of her love of storytelling and why telling our stories is so important
  • How the media that we consume impacts how we think and express ourselves
  • What makes a great story and how to tell one in conversation
  • The difference between a story and an anecdote
  • Reconstructing your memories in order to write memoir
  • Mara’s journey to being diagnosed with OCD at age 12 and how her diagnosis impacted how she felt about herself
  • Removing the expectation that we need to be happy all of the time
  • How Mara is managing her anxiety within the difficult political climate


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