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'Mrs. Doubtfire' star Matthew Lawrence stayed away from drugs thanks to Robin Williams

'Mrs. Doubtfire' star Matthew Lawrence stayed away from drugs thanks to Robin Williams

While appearing at the first-ever '90s Con in April, Lawrence revealed how the late actor's advice actually helped him stay away from drugs as he grew up in Hollywood.

Matthew Lawrence distinctly remembers the time he worked with Robin Williams on the sets of Mrs. Doubtfire. Lawrence was barely a teenager when he played the role of Chris Hillard, Williams' character's son, in the 1993 film. He remembers meeting the late actor off-screen and another time when the comedian gave him a "gift" on set while advising him never to do drugs. 

While appearing at the first-ever '90s Con in April, Lawrence revealed how the late actor's advice helped him stay away from drugs as he grew up in Hollywood. "He was the first adult who really let me in on his condition. Like, full-on let me in," said the now 42-year-old according to New York Post.



 

"I mean, as bright as he was on camera—I would go visit him in his trailer to talk to him—it was painful for him. It's really painful for him. He didn't hide it. He talked to me about it," he shared. "'Don't ever do drugs. Especially cocaine,'" William told Lawrence.

"He was very serious. He was like, 'You know when you come to my trailer and you see me like that?' He's like, 'That's the reason why. And now I'm fighting for the rest of my life because I spent 10 years doing something very stupid every day. Do not do it.' I stayed away from it because of him," added Lawrence.

Robin Williams played the lead role of a freelance voice actor who loves his three children Lydia, Chris, and Natalie in the American comedy-drama film. But his world comes crashing down when his wife, who sees him as an unreliable man, files for divorce. Attempting to win back his kids, Williams disguises himself as the now-iconic nanny.



 

 

Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Sally Field, Lisa Jakub, Robert Prosky, and Mara Wilson starred in the movie. Wilson, who also attended the event, shared that Williams "had a massive influence on me," according to PEOPLE. The 34-year-old added, "He, during filming, would talk to me a lot about his issues with mental health and addiction. And I have had a lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression. So we had those conversations. I think it was so good for me to realize that it's okay to talk about this. It's okay to be vulnerable."

"And it was really the first time that I had someone sit down with me and go, 'I understand that you have anxiety and you are not alone. You're not just some weirdo freak who has something going on that nobody's going to understand, that everybody's going to reject you for.' Like, this is okay and there are things you can do, and you will be alright," she shared. 

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