Mara Wilson may not be down for a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel, but she does make a cameo in this week’s episode of Broad City, which paid homage to the 1993 film, in which Mara played the youngest daughter of Robin Williams’ and Sally Field’s characters. It continues this season’s theme of paying tribute to ’90s classics like Sister Act 2.
Mara hasn’t done much acting since she was a kid, but she recently told Brokelyn about why she wanted to participate in the new episode. Being a fan of Broad City certainly played a big part in the decision. She says she followed Abbi Jacobson on Twitter after catching up on the show for the first time, and Abbi sent her a message letting her know that they happened to be planning a Mrs. Doubtfire homage. It was actually Mara who put the offer for a cameo on the table.
I felt emboldened a few days later, I think it was after a glass of wine, and I said, “You know, if you want me to make a cameo or something on this, I totally would. I don’t act much, I don’t really like film or TV acting, but this would be really fun and I have a lot of respect for you two.” They were like, “Totally, we’d love to have you on.” They were both really excited. Ilana sent me a “Yes, yes kween!” email.
She also says that Robin Williams’ death made her feel more comfortable embracing her past as a child star and the pleasant memories she has of that time.
I think that Robin dying was another thing that made me realize that I’d been pushing myself away from my past and not embracing it.
The scene Broad City chose to recreate is the one in which Daniel-as-Doubtfire performs the Heimlich maneuver on Stu (Pierce Brosnan), and his true identity is revealed. Here’s a clip which unfortunately doesn’t include Mara’s appearance as a waitress.
And here’s the original scene for comparison, which does include Mara, although she’s a lot shorter.