You Look Like That Girl

You Look Like That Girl

A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows up

Book - 2015
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"Lisa Jakub's humorous, irreverent account of her unusual and occasionally awkward life as a successful child actor and what happened when she walked away from it all in search of a more authentic life. From the moment Lisa's career began at the age of four after being discovered in a Toronto mall, normal became a relative term. From missing her first day of school to work on an orange juice ad, to discovering that classmates were charging money to show kids where that girl from TV lived, success was always a double-edged sword. By eleven, she'd moved to Los Angeles with her mom, where her career quickly snowballed, landing roles in such iconic movies as Rambling Rose, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Independence Day. She went from living out of suitcases in motels to buying a house before she was old enough to drive a car. But not everyone appreciated her professional success; her demanding work schedule got her kicked out of multiple high schools. By the age of 22, she realized she was living a life that no longer felt authentic, and the cost of pretending was just too high. Even a brief but rewarding stint behind the camera making a movie that was showcased at the Cannes Film Festival, and the freedom of acting with friends in the cult classic George Lucas In Love wasn't enough. Lisa knew she needed to leave Hollywood, stop striving for this dream that wasn't hers, and start writing the script for her own life"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Beaufort Books, ©2015
ISBN: 9780825307461
Branch Call Number: 791.45028092 JAK 2015
Characteristics: 270 pages


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loonylovesgood Jul 25, 2016

I loved Lisa Jakub in Mrs. Doubtfire and the "Chicago Holiday" episodes of Due South, so I was very curious about what happened to her after she disappeared from the spotlight. This book is a great insight into what it's like being a child actor and she writes well. I recommend people check out her blog as well!

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