‘Matilda’ Star and Writer Mara Wilson Comes Out As Bisexual on Twitter
Between Sunday June 12 and Monday June 13, former actress Mara Wilson came out as bisexual on Twitter. The one-time child star, best known for starring in beloved '90s family films Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street, opened up about her sexuality in a string of tweets while discussing the tragic massacre in Orlando that took place at Pulse, a gay nightclub.
Wilson, who has retired from acting and is now an author and blogger, started off by sharing an old photograph of herself at a gay club at the age of 18, admitting that back then, as a "straight girl" she didn't necessarily feel like she belonged there, yet still felt very much welcomed by the LGBT community.
"I have never had a better experience at a club than I did then. Great music and people," she shared, before subtly adding that years later she would "learn something about [herself]."
When pressed by a follower to clarify her statements with regard to her sexuality, Wilson then revealed that she currently identifies as bisexual and queer.
"I said I used to identify as mostly straight," the writer tweeted. "I've embraced the Bi/Queer label lately."
She also told her followers that she registers as a 2 on the Kinsey scale, a controversial heterosexual–homosexual rating scale created to quantify an individual's sexuality that was developed by Alfred Kinsey and other researchers in 1948.
Since coming out, fans have been mostly supportive on Twitter — some even appreciative of Wilson's openness, especially since she starred in many films that today's young adults enjoyed as children, making her revelation all the more poignant and personal.
Considering Wilson portrayed the titular Matilda in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved book — a character who is outcast by her family for being different, and who ultimately becomes empowered by the attributes (in this case, telekinesis) which make her unique — it makes sense that the former actress's coming out is a point of celebration for many to whom her 1996 movie spoke to on a deeper level.
See Mara's tweets below:
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