You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up

You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up

by Lisa Jakub


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You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up by Lisa Jakub

At the age of twenty-two, Lisa Jakub had what she was supposed to want: she was a working actor in Los Angeles. She had more than forty movies and TV shows to her name, she had been in blockbusters likeMrs. DoubtfireandIndependence Day, she walked the red carpet and lived in the house she bought when she was fifteen.

But something was missing.

Passion. Purpose. Happiness.

Lisa had been working since the age of four, after a man approached her parents at a farmer’s market and asked her to audition for a commercial. That chance encounter dictated the next eighteen years of her unusual— and frequently awkward—life. She met Princess Diana... and almost fell on her while attempting to curtsy. She filmed in exciting locations... and her high school asked her not to come back. She went to fancy parties... and got kind of kidnapped that one time. Success was complicated.

Making movies, traveling the world, and meeting intriguing people was fun for a while, but Lisa eventually realized she was living a life based on momentum and definitions of success that were not her own. She battled severe anxiety and panic attacks while feeling like she was living someone else’s dream. Not wanting to become a child actor stereotype, Lisa retired from acting and left L.A. in search of a path that felt more authentic to her.

In this funny and insightful book, Lisa chronicles the adventures of growing up in the film industry and her difficult decision to leave behind the only life she had ever known, to examine her priorities, and write the script for her own life. She explores the universal question we all ask ourselves: what do I want to be when I grow up?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825307461
Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Pages: 275
Sales rank: 1,263,643
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lisa Jakub is a writer. She retired from her 18-year acting career at the age of 22, in search of a life that felt more authentic to her. Lisa escaped from Hollywood and moved to Virginia with her husband, where she has dedicated herself to her profound respect for a well-told story. In addition to being a writer, Lisa is a traveler, a yogi, and a dog-mom.

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Copygirl More than 1 year ago
I met Lisa Jakub at a conference and even though I wasn't supposed to be buying nonfiction, she was so down to earth and interesting to listen to that I broke my resolve. While I'm not sure I would have recognized her, I did, of course, love Mrs. Doubtfire. Not only was Lisa an excellent actress, she is a beautiful writer. She tells her story without naming names and blaming her hard life on other people. She has beautiful imagery: " Love flies into the stage lights like a moth, and dies in a puff of smoke." or "If we can just remember that people are all fundamentally the same, it doesn't make any sense to grab a kid from a party like she's a gift bag." (You'll have to read the book to find out the story.) This book relates to all of us who at times have ended up doing something because it was what we fell into or what was expected to us or who knows why. It talks about the courage it takes to break free, to try to start something new. So whether you're a bit starstruck or just a bit stuck, pick up You Look Like That Girl.