“The amazing thing is Robin saw that I was upset”: Robin Williams’ Heartwarming Gesture For His Young Mrs. Doubtfire Co-star is Why Hollywood Adores Him

Robin Williams' touching act of compassion towards his Mrs. Doubtfire co-star.

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  • The child stars in Robin Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire faced the challenge of balancing filming with their studies, requiring hours of tutoring every day on set.
  • Lisa Jakub experienced a setback when she received a termination notice from her school during filming, causing her distress.
  • Williams, who sensed her distress, stepped in and wrote a letter to her school, advocating for her reinstatement.
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In the glamourous world of Hollywood, where larger-than-life figures often dominate the spotlight, stars like Robin Williams shine not only for their talents but also for their compassion and warmth off-screen. The late actor, who worked with numerous talents throughout his career, has been praised by many of his co-stars, including by the young actors he shared the screen with.

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Robin Williams at the Happy Feet Two Australian premiere
Robin Williams | Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Lisa Jakub, who starred alongside Willaims in Mrs. Doubtfire, also recalled how the actor supported her during the production of the 1993 comedy film, during a recent cast reunion with Mara Wilson and Matthew Lawrence.

Robin Williams Supported His Mrs. Doubtfire Co-Star

The 1993 film follows a divorced father, who disguises himself as an elderly woman to meet with his children, played by Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence, and Mara Wilson. While the film was a huge hit, it was not easy for the child stars to cope with the filming and their studies.

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Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire | Credit: 20th Century Fox

The cast shared that they had “tutoring, three hours of schoolwork” on set every day. However, things got even more complicated for Jakub when she received a termination notice from her school. During a recent cast reunion at the Brotherly Love podcast, the actress shared that she had an arrangement with her school while working on the movie.

However, after a few months into filming, she “got thrown out of high school.” Jakub, who was in 9th grade, was devastated by her termination. However, upon learning about the situation, Robin Williams stepped in to defend her against her termination. “It was a really difficult thing,” she recalled.

Robin Williams, Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence, and Mara Wilson in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
A still from Mrs. Doubtfire | Credit: IMDb

She further recalled, “The amazing thing was Robin saw that I was upset.” The late actor then wrote a letter to her school, urging the school to share their support for Jakub as pursued her studies and career at the same time. The principal certainly found the letter from the Hollywood star amusing and even framed it to put it in the office.

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However, the school refused to re-admit Jakub. It did not stop her from pursuing further studies, and she joined the University of Virginia after leaving Hollywood at 22. Lawrence, who was also kicked out of his school, shared that Williams’ letter of recommendation helped him get into the University of Southern California.

Jumanji Stars Reflected on Robin Williams’ Protective Nature

Not only the Mrs. Doubtfire actors, but Robin Williams’ Jumanji co-stars Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce have also shared their joyful experiences working with him. Reflecting on her experience working on the 1995 film, Dunst described the late actor as a “generous, kind, funny person.”

Robin Williams, Bradley Pierce, and Kirsten Dunst in Jumanji
Robin Williams, Bradley Pierce, and Kirsten Dunst in Jumanji | Credit: Columbia Tristar

Her co-star, Bradley Pierce, who was 13 at the time, also reminisced about Williams’ protective nature towards the cast. In an interview with CBCListen, he recalled how filming one of the scenes was particularly complicated due to his extensive makeup which even made it hard for him to breathe.

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The shoot lasted for eight days, leaving everyone exhausted. However, the producer still wanted him and Dunst to work a few extra hours. “Children can only be on set for a number of hours,” he shared. After the Good Will Hunting star learned about the arrangement, he strictly denied pursuing such measures.

Bradley Pierce and Robin Williams in Jumanji (1995) | Credit: Columbia Pictures
Bradley Pierce and Robin Williams in Jumanji (1995) | Credit: Columbia Pictures

He said, ‘No, we are not doing any extra time,” he recalled, as per The Independent, before adding, “You’re going to let everybody out now and we’re going to come back next week,” as he explained that Williams was not only “generous” but also very protective of them while they filmed the movie.

Mrs. Doubtfire is available to stream on Disney+.

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Jumanji (1995) is available to stream on Prime Video. 

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.