Mrs Doubtfire is undoubtedly one of the most iconic family films of all time, and of course it stars the much loved and much missed Robin Williams in one of his most famous roles.
But aside from the late great Robin Williams, there were a cast of young actors that helped make the film the classic that it is. But so often is the case that with child actors, who grow up in front of the camera, life can be a bit tough.
Some of them stay the course but some leave the lights behind and move on with their lives, and with that, here are the kids from Mrs Doubtfire and where they are now!
During the 90s, she was one of the biggest child stars in Hollywood as she starred in the likes of Matilda and of course Mrs Doubtfire.
But just when it looked like Wilson was set for a career at the top, she surprisingly quit acting in her teenage years and went into a life of writing.
But as with many child stars, growing up and going through puberty in front of the public can be a very difficult road to navigate, and Mara Wilson spoke in the media and wrote an article about why she hates being known as “cute”.
“It hadn’t occurred to me that I was cute,” she began. “My family told me I was beautiful, but I had never been one of the prettier girls in my class. The pretty girls were a different breed. It was probably as much of a shock to them as it was to me when I was cast in a movie, but at that time, casting directors wanted kids who looked ‘normal’.”
“As long as we could memorise our lines and say them with some feeling, no one cared how symmetrical our faces were. And it had worked: I had tricked entire countries into thinking I was cute.”
But soon the pitfalls of celebrity life came into play, as she continued: “At 13, no one had called me cute or mentioned the way I looked in years, at least not in a positive way.
“My sixth-grade crush had called me ugly, film reviewers said I was ‘odd looking’, and a boy at my preteen day camp had said to me, ‘You were Matilda? Heh. You’ve gained a little weight since then!’ I went home and cried into a milkshake.
“When I was alone, I could admit to myself that acting wasn’t as fun as it had once been. But I had to keep doing it, didn’t I? It was the constant in my life. My family had changed, my body had changed, my life had changed. Sometimes it felt like acting was all I had.”
She concluded that after so many years of people commenting on her looks in some of the worse ways possible, saying: “It is not my job to be pretty, or cute, or anything that someone else wants me to be. So the next time someone hiding behind a username decides to tell me what would make me prettier, I’m going to propose the following: I will meet them in person and ask them to listen.
“I will tell them about going through puberty in the public eye after my mother died of cancer. I will tell them how it feels to find a website advertising nude photos of yourself as a 12‑year‑old. I will tell them I’ve looked at “cute” from both sides now, and in both cases it just made me miserable. I will tell them how fitting it is that the only real acting I do these days is voiceover, where no one can see me.
“I will tell them how my mother wanted me to prove myself through my actions and skills, rather than my looks. Now I believe I have, and I am happier than ever.”
Matthew Lawrence played the role of Chris Hillard – the son of Robin William’s famous character.
Lawrence began his career at an early age back in the mid 80s when he won his first screen role as Danny Carrington in the American soap opera Dynasty and continued as a child actor throughout the 80s and into the early 90s. And it was about this time that he played the role that sent him up a few notches when it comes to Hollywood cache, namely that of Chris in Mrs Doubtfire.
He also starred, during the mid 90s, in the TV show Superman Samurai Syber-Squad. In addition to a starring role in Brotherly Love, in which he starred alongside his real-life brothers, he also had a starring role in the hit TV show Boy Meets World, in which he played Jack Hunter.
He also had roles on the big screen, including alongside Rob Schneider in The Hot Chick. He also reprised his role of Jack Hunter in Girl Meets World.
He has also guest starred in shows such as Melissa & Joey and Workaholics.
Lisa Jakub played Lydia in Mrs Doubtfire, but despite having a central role in one of the most beloved family films of all time, she didn’t actually pursue acting for long after the film came out in the early 90s.
Despite having roles in successful projects such as Independence Day, A Walk On The Moon, Jack and Jill and Mentors, she turned her back on the industry way back in 2000.7
She made her final film appearance in Double Frame, and when it came to her final appearance on the small screen, she appeared in the made-for-TV movie The Royal Diaries: Isabel – Jewel of Castilla.
Now at 39, having long since left the world of acting, she describes herself as a “writer, yoga teacher, writing teacher and retired actor.”
In fact, in her Twitter bio she quips: “Mrs. Doubtfire, Independence Day & many bad TV movies.”
Jakub is now an accomplished author, with her most recent book, Not Just Me, centring on her battles with anxiety and depression, which has been met with huge acclaim.
But when her old co-star Robin Williams tragically died in 2014, Jakub posted a heartfelt note to him on her website, as she grieved with the rest of the world.
“When I was 14 years old, I went on location to film Mrs. Doubtfire for five months, and my high school was not happy,” she had said.
“My job meant an increased workload for teachers, and they were not equipped to handle a ‘non-traditional’ student. So, during filming, they kicked me out.
“It’s devastating, at 14, to have your formal education terminated. I felt like a freak and a reject. When I arrived at work the next day, Robin noticed that I was upset and asked me what was wrong.
“I explained what had happened, and shortly after that, he handed me a letter that he had written to my school. He explained that I was just trying to continue my education while pursuing my career.
“He wrote embarrassingly kind things about my character and my work, and requested that they reconsider and allow me to return to my classes.”
She added: “The school framed the letter. They hung it in the principal’s office. But they didn’t invite me to return to school.
“But here’s what matters from that story. Robin stood up for me. He was in my corner.
“I was only 14, but I had already seen that I was in an industry that was full of back-stabbing. And it was entirely clear that Robin had my back.”