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Matilda actress says Dahl antisemitism is 'complicated'

The former actress said it was important to call out Jew hatred

    Mara Wilson
    Mara Wilson (Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America via Wikimedia Commons)

    Former actress Mara Wilson - who's best known for her childhood roles in Mrs Doubtfire and an adaptation of Roald Dahl's Matilda - has admitted that she found Dahl's antisemitism difficult to deal with.

    Wilson, who is now 30 and a writer, told Kveller that what the website terms as the writer's "potential antisemitism" is "definitely a difficult thing to think about". It meant his work was a "complicated legacy," she added.

    "I can really only think about my own experiences," she said. "The Dahls have been wonderful to me for many years.That’s how I reconciled it. What I do with them is good for the world, they help and encourage children."

    Wilson, whose mother is Jewish continued: "It’s important to call out antisemitism when you see it, although I didn’t know about those things until many, many years later."

    Wilson - who is still involved with the Dahl family through judging a new writing competition in the US - said she had loved the book Matilda before she starred in the film. Naturally, when asked which was her favourite Dahl tome, she replied "It’s definitely Matilda!"

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