Legendary Hollywood actor Robin played a doting father who just wanted to see his children in the 1993 drama Mrs Doubtfire. His character, a divorced actor named Daniel Hillard, wanted to spend more time with his children without his ex-wife Miranda Hillard (Sally Field) to impose. To do this, Daniel dressed up as an elderly Scottish nanny with great comedic results. Robin’s fatherly instincts not only came into action on screen, but off screen he showed the young actors support all the time.
Robin played the father of Lydia, Chris and Natalie (Lisa Jakub, Matthew Lawrence and Mara Wilson, respectively) in the film.
In a recent interview, Lisa revealed that after receiving a devastating letter, Robin came in to save the day.
She recalled: “One day on set I was very upset because I had received this letter from my high school saying it was too hard for them to work long distance with me and I just shouldn’t go back to high school.
“I had worked with a regular tutor and sent my work back to high school, but that just didn’t work for them anymore, so they just kind of broke up with me.”
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Lisa was only 14 years old at the time and had no idea that she would lose her major school years.
She continued: “I was really upset about that, and Robin, just perceptive and kindhearted, reached out and said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?'”
After telling the Flubber actor what happened to her, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
The actor then wrote a heartfelt letter to Lisa’s school asking them to reconsider.
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Robin asked if they wanted to work with Lisa to balance education and career, because it wouldn’t be “fair” otherwise.
In the letter, he added: “I have been working with Lisa Jakub on Ms. Doubtfire for the past three months. I have found Lisa to be a smart, studious and studious young lady. She is charming and a delight. Her caliber and talent should be encouraged to the into the world and learn through her work.”
Yahoo! Entertainment says Toronto High School did receive the letter and even later framed it — but it didn’t persuade them to change their mind about Lisa’s education.
Despite this, Lisa added: “What I love about that story – and what I love about Robin – is just the fact that he would do that for someone, that he would do his best, that he would take his time. to realize this would be important.”
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Lisa continued: “And even if it didn’t work, someone had to get up, and he did for me.
“I don’t know if he ever knew how huge that was and how much I felt like he was sitting in my corner.
“And how much that really changed for me and got me thinking, ‘What is the impact I want to make in the world?'”
In addition to fighting for Lisa’s education when she was just a teenager, Robin also worked with her on her own mental health issues.
Lisa later said in the interview, “Robin was everything you would hope he would be, and he was very open and honest with me about his issues with anxiety and depression.
“I could tell him that anxiety was something I struggled with, and he talked to me about mental health issues in a way that 14-year-olds aren’t used to adults being really open about that kind of personal experience with them.”
Robin died by suicide in 2014 at the age of 63.
Mrs Doubtfire is now available on Disney Plus.
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