Mara Wilson: Robin Williams Was Like a Dad

Mrs. Doubtfire actress reflects on her costar

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 19, 2014 9:04 AM CDT

(Newser) Mara Wilson—aka Mrs. Doubtfire's youngest kid—is offering a heartfelt remembrance of a man who, to her and many others, felt a bit like a father. "Robin Williams, as I knew him, was warm, gentle, expressive, nurturing, and brilliant," she writes on her blog, via the Daily Beast. And of course, extremely funny: He'd "do anything to make me and the other kids laugh," and so much of the Mrs. Doubtfire dialogue was based on his improvisation that he deserved a writing credit. "He seemed to know instinctively what we would find funny."

Wilson hadn't wanted to participate in a Mrs. Doubtfire 2, but she "ended up coming off a lot more brusque and dismissive" than she'd meant to, she writes; she had hoped to apologize to Williams. "It hurts to know I can’t." She also offers some thoughts on mental illness: "I am afraid people will romanticize what Robin went through. Please don’t romanticize mental anguish … To focus on someone’s pain instead of their accomplishments is an insult to them." Wilson closes with a nod to her most famous Doubtfire line. "It is remarkable how many lives Robin touched," she notes. "I suppose—could I really end this any other way?—we’re all his goddamn kids, too." Click for her full column.

Mara Wilson in 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' via YouTube.
Mara Wilson in 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' via YouTube.   (YouTube/19877906)
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