Matilda star Mara Wilson has spoken about her experience with coming out last year and revealed that she wishes she had done it at a different time.

Wilson came out as bisexual following the Pulse Nightclub shooting which left 49 people dead in one of the worst terror incidents in the US since 9/11.


Mara Wilson at an awards ceremony
Mara Wilson (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)

Speaking to Lambda Legal, Wilson explained that at the time she had hoped coming out would enable her to be a platform which would champion LGBTQ+ voices in light of a horrific attack against the community.

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However, when reflecting on the decision Wilson explained that she hasn’t done it at that time.

She said: “I often wish that I hadn’t done it then because I got accused of taking advantage of a tragedy for personal attention.

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“Now clearly I like attention, but I am not so callous as to make a tragedy about myself, my life and my story. That isn’t what I was going for.”

The star explained that she believes it’s important for people with privilege to come out.

“I think that if you’re in a place of security and privilege  —  which I can admit that I am  —  it’s important for you to [come out].

“I don’t see myself as anybody’s savior, but I’d rather it were me  —  who can afford therapy and afford this platform  —  getting harassed for being who I am than a young LGBTQ kid. I think it’s important.”

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Wilson went on to address the biphobia she has faced since coming out.

“There’s definitely a stigma.

“One of the reasons I didn’t come out for a very long time was because I grew up hearing that bisexual girls were ‘crazy.’ I heard that all the time.

“I heard that bisexual girls were ‘crazy,’ they were greedy, they were selfish and they caused drama. They were the worst. They wanted attention.”




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