Lisa Jakub

Lisa Jakub (born December 27, 1978) is a Canadian writer, yoga teacher, and former actress.[1] She is best known for her roles as Lydia Hillard in the comedy-drama film Mrs. Doubtfire and as Alicia Casse in the 1996 film Independence Day.[2]

Lisa Jakub
Born (1978-12-27) December 27, 1978 (age 42)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationActress, writer, and yoga teacher
Years active1985–2001 (actress)
2013–present (writer)
Jeremy Jones
(m. 2005)

Early life and educationEdit

Jakub was born on December 27, 1978, in Toronto, Ontario.[3] She is of Slovak (father) and Welsh and Scottish (mother) descent. She attended multiple schools in her early life, including Hillfield Strathallan College.[4]

Jakub graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Sociology in 2010.[3]


Jakub's first role was as Katis' Granddaughter in the 1985 film Eleni.[3] She appeared in comedy-drama film Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) alongside Mara Wilson, Sally Field, Matthew Lawrence, and Robin Williams.[5][6] When Jakub received the part of Lydia in Mrs. Doubtfire, her high school expelled her for accruing too many absences. Robin Williams wrote a letter to Jakub's high school, pleading with them to re-admit Jakub but this was unsuccessful.[7]

She played Sandra in Matinee (1993), appeared in A Pig's Tale (1994) and Independence Day (1996), The Beautician and the Beast (1997), and played the "inspiration" for Princess Leia in the short film George Lucas in Love (1999). She starred in Picture Perfect (1995), and portrayed a bordello worker in the American Old West in Painted Angels (1997).[3]

Personal lifeEdit

After retiring from acting in 2001 at the age of 22,[8] Jakub moved to Virginia and married her longtime partner, former Hollywood theater manager Jeremy Jones, in 2005.[9][10] She has publicly stated that she has no plans to return to acting.[11] Jakub later became a writer, authoring two books called You Look Like That Girl (2015) and Not Just Me (2017) and regularly contributes to online blogs.[12] Jakub is also a qualified Kripalu yoga teacher.[13] She has openly discussed her battles with anxiety, depression and panic attacks, which she has suffered from since her teenage years and credits her yoga practice in helping her overcome her battles.[14]


  • You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up (2015)
  • Not Just Me: Anxiety, Depression, and Learning to Embrace Your Weird (2017)



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Eleni Katis' Granddaughter
1991 Rambling Rose Doll
1993 Matinee Sandra
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Lydia "Lydie" Hillard
1994 A Pig's Tale Tiffany Video
1996 Independence Day Alicia Casse
1997 The Beautician and the Beast Katrina Pochenko
1998 Painted Angels Georgie
1999 A Walk on the Moon Myra Naidell
1999 George Lucas in Love Marion Short film
2000 Double Frame Tara


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Right of the People Katie TV film
1986 Kay O'Brien Allison Villaneuva Episode: "Taking the Heat"
1986 Christmas Eve Little Girl TV film
1987 Friday the 13th: The Series Kristen Episode: "A Cup of Time"
1988 Once Upon a Giant Little Red Riding Hood TV film
1988 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Missy Episode: "Kandinsky's Vault"
1988 Emergency Room Angie Sertoli Episode: "All Hallows Eve"
1989 The Twilight Zone Lisa Cranston Episode: "Street of Shadows"
1989 Friday the 13th: The Series Janine Carlson Episode: "The Playhouse"
1989 Glory! Glory! TV film
1989 The Phone Call Holly Henderson TV film
1990 War of the Worlds Julie Episode: "The Pied Piper"
1990 Night Court Barbie Episode: "My Three Dads"
1991 The Rape of Doctor Willis Carrie Willis TV film
1991 The Story Lady Alexandra Pollard TV film
1993 Bride of Violence 2 Anna TV film
1994 A Child's Cry for Help Amanda Spencer TV film
1994 Due South Christina Nichols Episodes: "Chicago Holiday: Parts 1 & 2"
1995 Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story Leisa Conn TV film
1995 Picture Perfect J.J. Thomas TV film
1996 Bermuda Triangle Annie TV film
1996 Reckoning Shelley Maitland TV film
1997 Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs Clara Storey TV film
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Ally Winthrop TV film
1998 Dream House Jenny Thornton TV film
1999 Mentors Joan of Arc Episode: "Raising the Siege"
1999 Jack & Jill Meg Episode: "Pseudos, Sex and Sidebars"
2000 The Royal Diaries: Isabel - Jewel of Castilla Isabel TV film


  1. ^ "Mrs. Doubtfire's Lisa Jakub Turns 40: See Cast Then and Now". E! Online. 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2019-05-08. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Kitchener, Shaun (2018-04-06). "Mrs Doubtfire child star Lisa Jakub looks like THIS now: What happened to Lydia?". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  3. ^ a b c d "Lisa Jakub". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  4. ^ Lisa. "What are you? | Lisa Jakub". Retrieved 2014-08-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "What happened the 1st time 'Mrs. Doubtfire' star saw Robin Williams in character". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  6. ^ TODAY (2018-10-05), 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Actress Lisa Jakub Reveals Robin Williams' Impact On Her Life Now | TODAY, retrieved 2019-05-08
  7. ^ "Robin Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire Costar Pens Moving Blog Post in His Honor". Retrieved 21 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Former Child Star Trades Fame for Happiness—and a New Best Friend". Retrieved 21 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Lisa Jakub's Post-'Mrs. Doubtfire' Life: Former Child Star Blogs To Inform Us Of Her Whereabouts". Huffpost. 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2019-11-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Jacobs, Soraya. "'Mrs. Doubtfire' star Lisa Jakub reveals why she left acting". Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  11. ^ Jakub, Lisa (2014-04-23). "Things change and nothing changes: Mrs. Doubtfire 2 debrief". Retrieved 2014-08-19. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "About". Lisa Jakub. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  13. ^ "Lisa Jakub". Kripalu. Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  14. ^ "The Anxiety Book: Not Just Me". Lisa Jakub. Retrieved 2018-07-26.

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