Heather Matarazzo had solely simply entered her teen years when she got here to fame within the 1995 coming-of-age film Welcome to the Dollhouse. For her efficiency in that movie, the younger actor (who makes use of she/they pronouns) gained the Indie Spirit Award for Greatest Debut Efficiency—however she was greatly surprised by the response. “To have grown individuals come as much as me crying saying that this film modified their life, and that the character I performed modified their life, was onerous to obtain,” she informed IndieWire in August 2022. “It was very, very, very overwhelming.”
Matarazzo’s performing profession continued as they grew up all through the ’90s, and so they additionally discovered success in teen films of the early ’00s. That mentioned, Matarazzo has additionally opened up concerning the battle of discovering roles in initiatives as an grownup actor. Learn on to seek out out extra about their profession and life in the present day.
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Along with Welcome to the Dollhouse, a few of Matarazzo’s different ’90s roles embody appearances on the exhibits The Adventures of Pete & Pete, ER, and Roseanne, in addition to roles within the movies The Satan’s Advocate and 54, amongst others.
Within the ’00s, Matarazzo grew to become identified for her function as Lilly, Mia’s (Anne Hathaway) greatest buddy, in The Princess Diaries and its sequel. She was additionally within the films Saved! and Scream 3, and on the TV exhibits Now and Once more and The L Phrase.
Matarazzo has been candid in interviews and on social media about how tough it has been to proceed their performing profession, post-child stardom.
“I do not know if I took a step again from Hollywood, or Hollywood took a step again from me,” they informed The Guardian in 2017. “I had difficulties coping with my very own insecurities and identification after I was in my late teenagers. It was unusual as a result of I by no means thought concerning the characters that I performed after I was youthful. But it surely wasn’t till I grew to become an adolescent that I began listening to phrases corresponding to ‘ugly’ or ‘plain.’ I began to get a agency grasp on how different individuals noticed me, and I took different individuals’s views of me as absolute truths.”
In addition they needed to clear up any misconceptions individuals may need concerning the monetary standing of actors in the same place to their very own. “Most individuals suppose that I most likely receives a commission some huge cash,” they mentioned. “However I actually do not and most working actors do not. I drive a beat-up [expletive] Prius and I simply purchased my first pair of recent footwear in over two years. There’s this ‘untouchable’ and made-up picture of actors, the place they stay this extravagant, lovely life. However in actuality, it is simply not the expertise.”
Regardless of the surprising challenges, Matarazzo remains to be an actor in the present day. Her most up-to-date function was in 2022’s Scream, during which she revisited her character, Martha, from Scream 3. She’s additionally continued to behave in impartial films, together with Technology Wrecks in 2021 and The Property in 2020.
In accordance with her interview with IndieWire, along with performing, Matarazzo additionally works giving notes on scripts for screenwriters.
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As for Matarazzo’s private life, she’s been married to spouse Heather Turman, a comic and author, since 2018.
The couple typically put up about one another on social media. As an illustration, for Turman’s birthday in December 2021, Matarazzo wrote on Instagram, “To the lady who’s witty, good, beneficiant, massive hearted, sleek, elegant, hilarious, suffers no fools, has persistence for days, is aware of the whole lot about soccer, is a powerful author, producer and storyteller, and is simply getting began, happiest of birthdays to you my love. You frequently open my thoughts and widen my coronary heart/spirit.”