Mrs Doubtfire children Mara Wilson, Lisa Jakub and Matthew Lawrence look unrecognisable 30 years on
The child stars of Mrs Doubtfire look unrecognizable 30 years after the film’s 1993 release.
Mara Wilson, 35, Matthew Lawrence, 42, and Lisa Jakub, 44, were six, thirteen and fifteen years old respectively when the blockbuster was first shown on the big screen.
The family comedy follows divorced actor Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), who disguises himself as a housekeeper to spend time with his children, when his ex-wife Miranda Hillard gains custody of them as part of their separation.
It became the number two movie of the year with a PG-13 rating, meaning there may be material that is inappropriate for children under 13.
Matilda star Mara played Natalie Hillard, while Matthew took over the role of his brother Chris and Lisa was the eldest daughter, Lydia.
Now, three decades after the box office sensation became a family staple, MailOnline takes a look at what the leading kids have been up to since.
Flashback: The child stars of Mrs Doubtfire look unrecognizable 30 years after the film’s 1993 release (L-R: Lisa Jakoub, Robin Williams, Mara Wilson and Matthew Lawrence)
Enjoying her first film role in Mrs Doubtfire, Mara went on to star in Miracle On 34th Street and Matilda in subsequent years.
However, after the untimely death of her mother Suzie from breast cancer, aged 43, she only took on a few more roles before going on a 12-year hiatus.
She avoided the limelight after a successful career as a playwright, though she has recently taken several acting jobs, including on 2018’s Big Hero 6 and as a waitress on 2016’s Broad City.
She also voiced a character named Jill Pill on BoJack Horseman and published a memoir titled Where Am I Now?
Mara came out as bisexual following the 2016 Orlando murders in which gay men were attacked at a nightclub. Her net worth is believed to be $500,000.
Adorable: Mara, who enjoyed her first film role in Mrs. Doubtfire, went on to star in Miracle On 34th Street and Matilda in subsequent years.
Around the time of landing the part, Lisa was controversially expelled from school.
She went on to have a successful career as a teen actress, appearing in Independence Day two years later.
However, she stopped acting when she was 22 and left for Virginia in 2005 to marry Hollywood theater director Jeremy Jones.
Lisa currently works as a yoga instructor, public speaker, and author, and has written an autobiography titled You Look Like That Girl.
He founded the Blue Mala health website last year as a tool he wishes he had at his lowest points. His net worth is believed to be $300,000.
Uh-oh: At the time of landing the part, Lisa was controversially expelled from school.
Following his success on Mrs Doubtfire, Matthew and his real-life siblings appeared on the 1990s TV series Brotherly Love.
Then from 1997 to 2000, he was cast as Jack Hunter on Boy Meets World.
Most recently, between 2011 and 2014, Matthew had cameo appearances on his brother’s sitcom, Melissa & Joey. Matthew also acted in the 2002 film The Hot Chick. His net worth is believed to be $2 million.
He married Dancing With The Stars professional Cheryl Burke in 2019, however, she filed for divorce in January 2022.
He is now reportedly dating TLC star Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas.
Talented: Following his success in Mrs Doubtfire, Matthew and his real-life siblings appear in the ’90s TV series Brotherly Love.
In recent times, there has been talk on social media about four existing versions of Mrs Doubtfire, including PG, PG-13, R, and the explicit NC-17.
People had mixed thoughts about the idea of an NC-17 (no kids under 17) rated version, since the original PG-13 was so successful.
Director Chris Columbus soon set the record straight about the possibility of alternative editions of Mrs Doubtfire.
A viral tweet referenced an old interview from 2015 in which Chris talked about having four cuts from the film due to Robin’s penchant for improvising on set.
More: He married Dancing With The Stars pro Cheryl Burke in 2019, however she filed for divorce in January 2022 (pictured in 2018)
As it turns out, the legendary actor and comedian did numerous takes of a scene after doing the scripted version.
In an interview with entertainment weeklythe filmmaker dismissed any talk of an NC-17-rated version, but did confirm that there is enough footage to work on three separate cuts, including an R-rated one.
“The reality is that there was a deal between me and Robin, which was that he would do one or two, three scripted takes. And then he’d say, ‘Then let me play,'” explained the famous director.
‘And we basically went on for 15 to 22 takes; I think 22 is the most I can remember.
Reunited: NBC’s Today Show caught up with the trio during a 2018 segment
Chris recalled in amazement how Robin would create new lines and versions for each take, which sometimes implied vulgarity.
“Sometimes it would go into territory that wouldn’t be appropriate for a PG-13 movie, but certainly appropriate and hilariously funny for an R-rated movie.” only me [previously] he used the phrase NC-17 as a joke. There could be no NC-17 version of the movie,’ the Pennsylvania native made clear.
The director also added that while Robin’s improv skills generated enough footage to make ‘three or four’ versions of the film, he has no plans to make them, with the exception of one potential project.
“I’d be open to maybe making a documentary on the making of the movie and allowing people to see certain scenes re-edited in an R-rated version,” he revealed before sharing a big disclaimer.
The problem is that I don’t remember most of it. I only know what’s in the movie right now because it’s been so long. But I do remember that it was outrageously funny stuff.
Grossing $441.3 million at the worldwide box office on a $25 million budget, Mrs Doubtfire was the second-highest-grossing film of 1993, just behind Jurassic Park, which grossed $914,691,118.
The comedy, which also stars Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein, is also the highest-grossing drag movie of all time.
What to do now: In recent times, there has been talk on social media about all four existing versions of Mrs Doubtfire, including PG, PG-13, R, and the explicit NC-17 (LR: Pierce Brosnan, Matthew, Sally Field, Mara, Lisa, Robin)