http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063483/Phuzzy4242 wrote:Nell Potts (Matilda) was 13 when the movie was released and was only in one other movie (Rachel, Rachel when she was nine), again with her mother Joanne Woodward as the main star and her father Paul Newman as director - I guess her movie-star parents didn't encourage her to follow in their footsteps.
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By my opinion, it is natrural, that film director requring child actor first looks to his own family or families of main adult actors. Confidence of child actor to others is created slowly, and so work with such family actors is easier, since mutual confidence is easily reached. The same can be applied to child actors, which have directors or actors some premilinary experience with.