The actress is undoubtedly one of the most recognized child stars from '90s, and it's not hard to see why. Her piercing blue eyes, cheeky grin, and brown locks tied up with a signature ribbon resonated with kids across the globe.
MUST-SEE: Stars of 90s Sitcoms Back Then and Now!
The ribbon may be gone, but Mara still has sass in spades. Now 29, the actress chatted to Sonia Kruger and David Campbell on Today Extra about her childhood stardom and current image. And she shared one very clear message—she hates being called cute.
"I appreciate the word cute in its own way, but when I was young and cute, I felt like I was being reduced to that. I felt like it was out of my control," she said via satellite. "As I grew up, I didn't really fit Hollywood's image anymore, and my decision was, 'Okay, do I want to get plastic surgery and try to live in this world where I feel a bit out of control for, you know, some moments of fun and some enjoyment? Or do I want to try to find my own way and do my own thing?'"
It seems the down-to-earth actress has carved her own path in the spotlight. These days, Mara is an acclaimed author, penning her book Where Am I Now? She's also made a small return to the screen, lending her voice to TV series BoJack Horseman.
There's no doubt we'll always fondly remember Mara's sweet, young characters, but we do admit that she has truly grown into a beautiful young woman!
This post was written by Chloe Lal. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
Watch this video to see photos of the stars of 90s sitcoms exactly as you remember them, side by side with how they look today! The transformations may shock you.