Matilda Lawler: Age, Breakout Role, and Career

Matilda Lawler: Age, Breakout Role, and Career
Matilda Lawler: Age, Breakout Role, and Career

American actress Matilda Lawler has all it takes to become an A-lister as her career grows. While she is undeniably talented with a solid stage presence, her innate passion for acting, exposure, and support system are all setting her up to conquer Hollywood. With the few opportunities she has received to perform on stage and for screen audiences, Lawler is building the professional relationship to propel her career to a grander phase. She is best known for her roles in Lena Khan’s superhero dramedy Flora & Ulysses and HBO Max’s post-apocalyptic dystopian miniseries Station Eleven.

The latter earned her the Gotham Independent Film Award nomination for Outstanding Performance in a New Series. She was also nominated in three categories for Pena de Prata, out of which she won the Best Ensemble in a Limited Series alongside other cast members of the miniseries created by Patrick Somerville. Matilda Lawler’s role as Santa’s Chief of Staff in Jack Burditt’s Christmas comedy series The Santa Clauses also earned her a nomination for an Emmy. Alongside Mykal-Michelle Harris, Marta Kessler, and The Santa Clauses costar Rupali Redd, she received the Children’s & Family Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Young Performer in a Preschool, Children’s or Young Teen Program.

How Old Is Matilda Lawler?

Matilda Lawler

The American actress is in her teenage years: she was born on September 8, 2008. As she was in first grade when she started acting, it’s plausible the actress was merely six years old when she fell in love with the profession. Matilda Lawler hails from a family of performers. Her parents, Mara and Matthew Lawler, are both actors.

The former is known for her role in Cem and Ero Aydogan’s 2014 crime drama Coward, and the latter for playing Agent Gabe Clements in Jenna Bans’s The Family. Following her professional debut at age nine, the Hollywood actress told hMAG she learned most of what she knew about acting from her parents. Matilda Lawler has come a long way since her debut and is expected to have a seamless transition into playing adult roles.

Her Breakout Role Was In Mark Cirnigliaro’s The Net Will Appear

Matilda Lawler and Richard Masur

Matilda Lawler got into acting during her first grade in elementary school. She featured in a Jack and Annie production at Hoboken Children’s Theater in New Jersey. Roughly three years later, she made her professional debut as Rory in Mile Square Theatre’s 2017 production of Erin Mallon’s The Net Will Appear. Directed by Mark Cirnigliaro, Lawler’s performance in the play received rave reviews, garnering enough mainstream acclaim that saw it become her breakout role.

She performed alongside veteran character actor Richard Masur in the theatre show about an unlikely friendship between a 9-year-old and her 70-year-old neighbor after meeting on the rooftops of their homes. Lawler developed a real-life relationship with Masur, whom she now considers her mentor. She told IndieWire that the connection between her and Richard Masur informed her performance in Station Eleven.

Matilda Lawler Debuted On Screen In 2019

Matilda Lawler in Flora & Ulysses

The young actress’ fine interpretation of Rory in The Net Will Appear laid the groundwork for her career growth. In 2018, barely a year after the Mile Square Theatre performance, Matilda Lawler was tapped for her Broadway debut—she played Honor Carney in Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre’s production of Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman. Her screen debut came the next year as Brenda in the “October 31” episode of Evil, a supernatural horror series starring Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, and Aasif Mandvi.

Matilda Lawler’s first big screen project was in The Block Island Sound. She played Emily in the 2020 sci-fi horror thriller written and directed by Kevin and Mattew McManus. That was also the year she played Young Nora in Nastasya Popov’s short comedy film Good Grief. In 2021, Lawler landed her first starring role in a movie. She played the title character, Flora, in Flora & Ulysses. Released to positive reviews in February 2021, the film cemented the actress’ growing Hollywood repute, confirming she is a talented performer.

Also in 2021, she landed another starring role in Station Eleven, which was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards among dozens of other coveted awards. Starring alongside Mackenzie Davis and Himesh Patel, the series gained the actress more mainstream exposure. While Station Eleven and Flora & Ulysses remain her most significant screen projects, Matilda Lawler has delivered first-rate performances in Tony Goldwyn’s Ezra, Julian Fellowes’ The Gilded Age, and The Santa Clauses.

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