Mrs. Doubtfire Star Lisa Jakub Says the Movie Changed Her Life in ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Difficult’ Ways

Ms. Doubtfire

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Lisa Jakub is taking time to remember the movie that changed her life.

On Wednesday, the actress, who played Lydia, the eldest daughter of the Robin Williams and Sally Field characters in Ms. Doubtfire, shared a sweet black and white photo of herself and Williams from the 1993 movie set on Twitter.

“28 years ago, Ms. Doubtfire opened in theaters,” tweeted Jakub, 42. “Things changed for me that day, wonderful things and difficult things, but I will always be grateful for this movie that meant so much to so many people.”

She added: “It put me on a path that brought me right here, that’s pretty amazing.”

In May, Jakub revealed that Williams helped her overcome her depression in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment.

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Jakub described a moment while filming. Ms. Doubtfire when the late actor defended her when her high school told her not to come back because they weren’t equipped for her to distance learning while on set. Williams wrote a letter attesting to their work ethic, asking them to reconsider.

Although Jakub was eventually expelled from the school, she told the outlet that “it’s just the fact that he would do that for someone, that he would do his best,” noting that she doesn’t know if Williams ever knew how much he meant to her.

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But what really stuck with Jakub was the way Williams helped her overcome her anxiety and depression, saying that the advice he gave her “changed” her life.

“Robin was everything you would expect him to be, and he was very open and honest with me about his issues with anxiety and depression,” said Jakub. “I was able to share with him that anxiety was something I struggled with, and he would talk to me about mental health issues in a way that 14-year-olds are not used to adults being really open about those kinds of situations. personal experiences with them. “

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She added that Williams also warned him about addiction and substance abuse, which he struggled with, a conversation she says was important to have when she was a child star. Ultimately, after some other roles, including a part in Independence DayJakub decided to take a step back in her acting career after it affected her mental health.

Now, she is teaching mental wellness workshops to help others cope with anxiety and depression. “I feel like that’s one of the ways I’m paying for some of the things Robin taught me by being so open,” she said.

She has also published books. You look like that girl: a child actor stops pretending and finally grows up and Not just me: anxiety, depression, and learning to accept the strange in addition to his advocacy for mental health and yoga instruction.

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