Maybe She Will Be the Next Wil Wheaton

My heart dropped in my stomach. My mind began to race with a million excuses. Beads of sweat started to appear on my forehead.

Mom, I think I want to be in the school play. I want to be an actress.

@aaronvest Hala made a stuffed sackperson (she made me type this)




Ok maybe I am over reacting. My daughter simply wants to try out for a part as a fairy in A Midsummer’s Night Dream at her school.

It was the ‘actress’ part that got me. Combine this with her ‘let’s go visit HOLLYWOOD’ mantra and I was ready to go hang myself.

Maybe it’s because we live in Los Angeles and I see a lot of stage moms around here. Maybe it’s because I can only think of like ONE child actor that is normal...Wil Wheaton. Does he count? He does, right?

All I know is my daughter wants to do something and I want to talk her out of it. But I know I shouldn’t and I know I can’t. I shouldn’t because if she truly wants to do this, I don’t want to stand in the way. I can’t because…well…she’s my daughter…she’ll find a way and accept her Oscar with ‘And my MOM said I COULDN’T! SUCK IT MOMMY!’

So what do I do? I tell her…

Ok honey, if you want to, we can go to try outs tomorrow.

Wish me luck. I feel sick.

Well, sicker than usual.


  1. Slipshod says:

    If Wil is the only one like that, then by definition he’s not normal. That’s why we like him so much though.

  2. LOL! At first I was scared it was a voodoo doll!

    I say ALWAYS encourage them to follow their dreams. They pretty much change their minds a lot at that age anyway. But my parents always gave me a million reasons why I couldn’t do something. I hated it!

  3. I really should have linked Wil’s site and not the Bloggess but i really can’t get enough of that photo of him collating papers… in order to piss off stupid PR people. It’s genius.

  4. LOL! I’m positive she will be a wonderful midsummer nights fairy! And you are a great Mom so none of those crazy stage mom stories do not apply 🙂

    SInce seeing Gulliver’s Travels my seven year old gets ready everynight in his white t-shirt, tighty whities, and pulled up socks, proclaiming he wants to be Jack Black. I think wanting to be a fairy in a beautiful shakespeare play is a much better option 🙂

  5. Annie Heckenberger says:

    Soliel Moonfrye, Jenny Lewis, Alanis Morrisette, Justin Timberlake, Jerry O’Connell, Ron Howard, Shirley Temple, Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Jodi Foster, Brooke Shields, Laura Jill Miller, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman. Need I go on?

  6. Ron Howard?

  7. Let her do it, the stage is an awesome place. Of course, I was a child stage actor so I’m biased. Still I like to think I turned out normal. 🙂

  8. NPH = another child actor that totally rocks it. (NPH = Neil Patrick Harris)

  9. She will be a stunning fairy. Next month she’ll want to be something else. Sometimes I really miss that age.

  10. Listen, if it keeps her off the stripper pole I say go for it.

  11. Hey, she wants to do SHAKESPEARE. Not Fast and Furious 11 or Hostel 15.

    Just have her stick with The Bard for a while. Maybe she’ll be the next Dame Judi Dench.

  12. I grew up with child actors, and most of them turned out just fine. One even was the recipient of Brad Pitt’s first on-screen kiss. The last I heard of her, she’s a librarian in Texas and married to a minister.

    Go Halla!

  13. It’s never too early for a mom-daughter watching of The Runaways! ;-p

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