Is Matilda’s child star-now-author Mara Wilson learning Tagalog for a book?

Mara Wilson learning Tagalog
Mara Wilson authored “Where Am I Now” chronicling her Hollywood journey. Photo from Mara Wilson Twitter.

Matilda’s child star Mara Wilson is now all grown up and is an author learning the Filipino language – and people are excitedly wondering if it’s for a new book she is writing.

The Hollywood star, best known for her little girl roles in Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda, has returned to the public eye as a writer, playwright, actor, and storyteller with a degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Mara Wilson went on Twitter on July 20, 2020, to ask netizens who speak Tagalog to answer some questions about the Filipino language.

“Kumusta Tagalog speakers — I’ve noticed a lot of adjectives start with ‘Ma’ but that ends up getting dropped, especially if they’re getting repeated, e.g. galing, ganda-ganda. Bakit? Does ‘ma’ mean something specific?” the former child star-turned-writer tweeted. Her post turned up several replies from netizens.

Wilson also posted screenshots taken from and captioned it with a writer’s jargons – “The plot thickens” and “Well that was anti-climactic” – fueling speculations of a new work that may include Tagalog.

Wilson first tweeted questions about the Filipino language on July 12 and revealed she had been learning it for about a week.

Mara Wilson authored the 2016 Book of the Month, “Where Am I Now? TRUE STORIES OF GIRLHOOD AND ACCIDENTAL FAME” that depicts her journey growing up amid her Hollywood fame and blogs on

The Filipino language is the subject of studies about the Philippines now offered in several universities including at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Alberta schools in Canada.

An American survey had also revealed Tagalog as a top language spoken in the United States.

SEND MABUHAY CHEERS in the comments below to Matilda child star-turned-author Mara Wilson for learning the Filipino language.

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