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'Matilda' star Mara Wilson talks on-set pranks and Internet celebrity; plus, see an exclusive Blu-ray reunion clip

According to the author of Mara Wilson Writes Stuff, this is the one question she’s asked most frequently: “Are you Matilda?” The answer: “No, but I played her in a movie.”

That movie, of course, is the 1996 kid cinema classic Matilda, which stars Wilson as a neglected child genius who channels her intellectual frustration into telekinesis. But while Matilda Wormwood will always be a six-year-old prodigy — not only in the film, but also in Roald Dahl’s original novel and a smash hit Tony-winning musical — Wilson herself is all grown up.

The onetime child star quit acting in her early teens — “I like to think of it as a mutual break-up: Hollywood didn’t really want me anymore, and I was over it, too,” she explains on her site — and chose instead to live a relatively normal life, attending a regular high school followed by New York University. She currently lives in New York City, where she juggles a day job at a nonprofit with various writing and storytelling gigs — as well as a very popular Twitter account. (Her profile got a major boost last May, when Wilson weighed in on Amanda Bynes’s struggles with an article explaining why child stars tend to go nuts.)

In honor of Matilda‘s new Blu-ray release, Wilson called up EW to chat about the making of the movie, her weird connection to Blake Lively, and awkward encounters with other child stars — as well as what she’s working on now. (Hint: Think memoir.)
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Meet the four young stars of Broadway's new musical 'Matilda' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Move over, Annie! Broadway has some new pint-size leading ladies vying for the spotlight: the four very young stars of the stage musical version of Roald Dahl’s classic Matilda, which begins performances March 4 before an official April 11 opening at the Shubert Theatre. The Royal Shakespeare Company production, already a hit in London, follows a precocious little girl who must overcome bad parents, a lonely childhood, and a vicious headmistress.

Nine-year-old Sophia Gennusa and 10 year-olds Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro will share the role Billy Elliot-style, rotating performances. In this exclusive clip, the quartet of Broadway first-timers display both an imaginative energy and a sense of mischief that helped get them the gig. As the girls sing in the show, “Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.”

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Ross Family Movie Challenge: ‘Matilda’ vs. ‘A Cat in Paris’
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Ross Family Movie Challenge: 'Matilda' vs. 'A Cat in Paris'

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Every week EW’s Dalton Ross and his wife, writer Christina Kelly, have a… um, lively discussion about what movie they should watch with their two children (Dale, 12, and Violet, 10) that weekend. Now they make their cases publicly and you get to vote on the choices and settle the argument. The power is in your hands, people. It is no lie to say that Dalton’s seclection of ‘WALL-E’ beat Christina’s pick of ‘Pinocchio’ last week. Can Dalton keep his winning streak going? Will Christina bounce back? Read on and then vote for what film they should watch this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Get pumped for 'Matilda the Musical' on Broadway- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

What’s your favorite Roald Dahl book? The Witches, The BFG, and James and the Giant Peach are all good choices, but no one can deny that Matilda‘s the real classic. Well, the book is finally making its Broadway debut this spring (25 years after the publication of Dahl’s original story) when Matilda the Musical opens on April 11 at the Shubert Theatre — and we’ve got an exclusive teaser trailer with fans and those involved in the production (including the actresses playing Matilda in the different showings) talking about their excellent source material. READ FULL STORY

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