The former child star came out as bisexual following the Orlando nightclub shooting
Mara Wilson says that coming out as bisexual was an emotional step and the public’s reaction has been generally positive. She decided to break the news via social media following the Orlando gay nightclub shooting earlier this year.
She told People magazine: “It was an emotional decision. If I had known it was going to trend on Facebook, I don’t know that I would have done it just then. But the vast majority of the feedback has been positive.”
The former child actress – who made a splash with films including Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire – shared an image of her at a gay club when she was 18. An accompanying message stated how comfortable the LGBT community made her feel, admitting to have “learned something” about herself.
She shared: “Me at a gay club when I was eighteen. I feel embarrassed looking at it now…”
She continued: “Being a “straight girl” where I clearly didn’t belong, but I will say, I felt so welcomed there. I have never had a better experience at a club than I did then. Great music and people. And one of my friends met his partner that night!”
Wilson used to identify as “mostly straight” but has started embracing a proper label as of late.
“I haven’t been to one since college, except once when a friend brought me along. I didn’t feel like I belonged there. But the LGBTQ community has always felt like home, especially a few years later when I, uh, learned something about myself. I *used* to identify as mostly straight. I’ve embraced the Bi/Queer label lately”
Despite coming out to the public, Wilson still appreciates her private life and plans to keep it that way.
The star had recently written a memoir titled Where Am I Now? – True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame detailing her experiences as a child actress and life afterwards.