My Memoir: You Look Like That Girl


My memoir, You Look Like That Girl, is now available through AmazonBarnes & Noble or by requesting it from your favorite independent bookseller.

The book is offered in hardcover, Nook, Kindle, iTunes and as an Audible audio book, read by me!

Personalized and signed copies are available by clicking here.

About the book:

At the age of twenty-two, Lisa Jakub had what she was supposed to want: she was a working actor in Los Angeles. She had more than forty movies and TV shows to her name, she had been in blockbusters like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, she walked the red carpet and lived in the house she bought when she was fifteen.

But something was missing.




Lisa had been working since the age of four, after a man approached her parents at a farmer’s market and asked her to audition for a commercial. That chance encounter dictated the next eighteen years of her unusual – and frequently awkward – life. She met Princess Diana…and almost fell on her while attempting to curtsy. She filmed in exciting locations…and her high school asked her not to come back. She went to fancy parties…and got kind of kidnapped that one time. Success was complicated.

Making movies, traveling the world and meeting intriguing people was fun for a while, but Lisa eventually realized she was living a life based on momentum and definitions of success that were not her own. She battled severe anxiety and panic attacks while feeling like she was living someone else’s dream. Not wanting to become a child actor stereotype, Lisa retired from acting and left L.A. in search of a path that felt more authentic to her.

In this funny and insightful book, Lisa chronicles the adventures of growing up in the film industry and her difficult decision to leave behind the only life she had ever known, to examine her priorities and write the script for her own life. She explores the universal question we all ask ourselves: what do I want to be when I grow up?

59 Replies to “My Memoir: You Look Like That Girl”

  1. Really looking forward to reading such a wonderful book written by both an amazingly talented actress, and entertaining and gifted author! I will definitely be in line to get a personalized copy when it comes out it June. Can’t wait!

  2. I must say,you are a truly awesome talented woman, just by the way you write I am interested in reading your book. I love to hear about former actresses/actors who didn’t fall in the pit, but yet kept their head straight, and do what they wAnna do! I wish u well in your successes, and as I like to say,,,,,keep up the great you!!😁😁

  3. I am, sincerely glad and happy for you and what you gave chosen to do with and in your life. I am glad you didn’t become a Hollywood statistic.Stay focused and always remember that God loves you. I want to read you book.

  4. Hello Lisa I just cannot believe I’m speaking with the actress from one of my favorite films ever – Mrs Doubtfire. I read and understood that you don’t want to be mentioned anymore as an actress but I’m your and Robbin Williams big fan and is really great honor for me to write with you . I’m from Bulgaria – country far far away which you’ve maybe never heart before, but you have a lot of fans here anyway. Congrats for the book and come one day to Bulgaria I’m sure you’ll like it 🙂 Have a nice day!

    1. It’s not that I don’t want it mentioned anymore – I just like talking about other things, too! I’ve heard of Bulgaria, but have not been there. I’ll put it on my list! Thank you for the kind words.

  5. I love how honest, self-effacing and funny you seem.. and I say that just from reading your website. I just watched Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time in probably 15 years. I saw your name in the credits and I thought hmm.. I’m going to see who that girl went on to become. I might pass on revisiting Independence Day, but I will read your book 🙂 I know it’s a competitive environment, so good luck!

    P.S. Fist-bump for being a fellow introvert who’s familiar with crippling shyness and anxiety 😉

    1. That’s so nice – thank you! And if I was inclined to leave my house and have an in-person conversation with someone I didn’t really know – I’d totally fist-bump back. 🙂

  6. I’m sure your book will be just as awesome as your blog is. I love the way you approach sensitive matters such as depression and anxiety and how heartfelt and honest your posts are. I’m really looking forward to reading your book. Can’t wait! 🙂 Greetings from Spain.

  7. This is quite a prelude to the book, i think it will be a great read. You have figured out who you are and it comes thru, A kind heart, great sense of humor, and more or less, just yourself. On Mrs. Doubtfire, and acting, i listen to you and have watched you. I find that in my job, I have to do things i do not always agree with and act a certain way. maybe look at acting that way. it was a job.. way too young maybe… but they need kids in movies too. My point is my son is autistic. when Mrs Doubtfire was on tv tonight , he laughed very hard… by the way he is 25. I guess what i am saying is , it was a job, you did it well, you can make an autistic kid laugh, and yet, you did not (hopefully) lose yourself in Hollywood. The book seems to confirm, thru it all, you came out ok. Your parents must have done a pretty good job the first 4 years for that to happen.. I hope you have found happiness, just letting you know.. your hard work and dedication to being a good child actor, was and is still appreciated . My son has OCD also, he is obsessed with movies. There were others in his special class that also were obsessed with movies… You were one of many that make his world better.
    thank you for that. For the sacrifices you made. alan

  8. Hi Lisa,

    Just finished reading the first 16 pages. Loved it! Can’t wait to read more, couldn’t believe I read through the sample so quickly, and constantly tried scrolling for more 🙂
    I’m getting the Kindle version on Monday.
    Thanks for letting us be part of your interesting life. All the best.
    P.S. Will your next book be non-fiction too or are you working on a novel?

    Greetings from Germany

    1. Yay – I’m thrilled that you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me know! I am working on another non-fiction book. This new one will be about managing anxiety/panic attacks/depression. Part memoir, part other people’s stories with lots of research in there, too.
      Hope you like the rest of the book!

      1. Lisa, thank you for writing a book about something that I have to live with all the time, I have anxiety attacks all the time beacause of my disability and depression, I have not seen too many books about all of those things before so I would love to know when it will be out so I can read it!

      2. I think there are a lot of us dealing with these things – it’s so helpful to know that we are not alone.

      3. if you need help with it or anything let me know, I would not mind sharing some of my personal stuff in the book, just hope it is good to explain, sometimes my disability is hard to explain(I have a learning disorder that includes of bad hand and eye coordination, depression and anxiety and when I was younger I had a bad version of bipolar but it got better as I get older,I don’t think you ever get out of it so I still have it but don’t really react like I did when I was young!)

  9. Beaufort Books is not spending very much money on marketing your book. You ought to have signed with Random House or Knopf or Brown, Little.

    1. Thanks for the advice – if you know Random House or Knopf or Brown, Little, you could tell them to make me an offer for my next book. 🙂

  10. just ordered it and can’t wait to get it, I got the autographed copy, I can’t wait to get it and start reading it, been wanting to read it ever since I Heard about it!

  11. Lisa! I’ve been trying to purchase your book in digital format since it came out but I haven’t been able to due to geographical restrictions (I live in Spain). I’ve tried both Amazon and Barnes and Noble but no such luck. Do you know if they plan on selling it outside anglosaxon borders? I’ve been looking forward to it since you said you were writing it. I guess I’ll end up buying the hard copy version because it’s ben on my bucket list for months and I’m going to get it by hook or by crook (yep, I’m that pig-headed :P) but it would be nice if I could get the ebook version (more practical).

    I hope all is well and I wish you a happy summer (hopefully not as hot as ours has been so far; we’ve had three consecutive heat waves in one month).

    1. Thanks for being so pig-headed!! I’m not sure how it works internationally – I know the eversion is just now available in Canada, so maybe it’s coming soon? I’m sure that if you ask at your local bookstore, they can order it for you. Hope you can find it soon!
      Happy summer to you, too!

      1. Got it! Ebook version is finally avaiable in Spain! I’m going to start reading it tonight. Yeaaah!!!

  12. “Begging to do a job I wasn’t sure I wanted anymore, but feeling too scared to know what other options existed. I just waited for the inevitable burn”

    Wow I am so glad you found your voice! Going through the exact same crisis myself. Thanks for painting it so eloquently.

  13. Through 16 chapters. Lisa, it’s good…it’s really good. Your prose is tight, it’s eloquent, full of wry humour and restrained drama. Well done Madame Author.

  14. ¡Hola Lisa!, Usted es una ¡¡excelente persona!!, en verdad que es alguien muy agradable, especial, y por demas hermosa, yo le admiro. ¡¡Felicidades por ser quien es!!…no sabe Ud. cuanto me agradaría tener su libro, pero resulta que no hablo inglés, ¿qué podría hacer con ésto?, pensará Ud. que tengo que aprender inglés, pero no esta por demás preguntar si su libro se puede conseguir en edición española. Ojalá lea ésto y me pueda informar. Seria un sueño tener una edición autografiada por nada mas que LISA JAKUB…y su segundo libro; ¿de que va a tratar?

  15. haa, y una última cosa; ¿porqué no ha actuado últimamente?…por favor, no se aleje de la actuación, necesitamos verle, a mi me alegra la vida.

  16. Hi Lisa. I have just finished listening to your book. You kept me company for 1400 km as I drove across the Nullarbor. I am almost home (Adelaide) after travelling 19000 km on my own and living in a tent. I saved your book for the longest leg so you could keep me company across the arid plains of Australia. I loved having you in my car and am grateful that you found it possible to share your story. I may even buy a signed copy…I find your blog and your Facebook posts equally inspiring. Thankyou for sharing yourself with complete strangers. Kind regards, Pauline (in Australia)

    1. I’ve never been to Australia, so I’m honored that at least my voice got to keep you company there! Thanks for the kind words – I’m so happy that you enjoy my work. All the best to you!

  17. I just ordered a book under the name of Eileen Schneider. I missed the section to have it personalized. Would you please personalize it to: “Mikaela Eileen Schneider, Merry Christmas 2015!”? Thank you very much!

  18. I picked up this book on Saturday and just finished it. I simply couldn’t put it down. From my own perspective this book is definitely not about the entertainment industry. If it was I would not have been that interested in it. Rather this is a tale of growing up and moving beyond the expectations of parents, peers and everyone else and trying to find a place in the world where one can be engaged with life and at peace without the need to prove yourself. It embraces our shared humanity and it resonates with my own story and I suspect the stories of many people in their human attempt to make a similar journey

  19. Hi, Lisa! I just ordered your book and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I am a high school Guidance Counselor and I plan to share your book with many of my students to help them understand it’s okay to be themselves and to find that inner peace and that there are others out there who struggle with similar issues like depression and anxiety and have come through it successfully. Thank you for sharing your story. I missed the section to have it personalized. If you could please personalize it to Jenny, I’d be thrilled. Thanks so much.

    1. That’s fantastic! I really hope your students find it helpful. (I do talks at schools, too, if you’re ever interested in having me come visit in person!)
      Your book will be on its way to you shortly.
      Thanks and happy reading!

  20. Hola Lisa, gracias por ser quien es y gracias por escribir de Usted que bien me agrada, sin embargo sigo esperando su libro en español. ¿Cree que pronto salga a la venta?….o seria mejor que me pusiera a aprender el idioma inglés, supongo que sería lo más viable.

  21. hey lisa, i just stumbled across your site and really enjoyed reading your words, and felt inspired by your story. thank you for sharing it!! i will order your book now 🙂 excited to read it.

    i love what you say about telling your story, and your obvious love for (and skill at!) writing. i tell my story, too, and really, really, believe in the power of it, so i felt compelled to share my website where i tell mine –

    thanks again for the inspiration. it takes courage and bravery to share the vulnerable bits of ourselves, so thanks for doing that! you’re also really funny!

    hope this finds you well.
    big love. xx

  22. I debated whether I should leave this comment or not. Obviously the “leave it” part won.

    I JUST finished your book. As in just a few minutes ago. I read it within only a few days. That is fast for me…especially for a non-fiction book. It…was…just…that…interesting. But, it had to be more than that. I’ve read other interesting books that took me much longer. Maybe it was your way of writing… the way you saw and see things that made it so much more…thought provoking….and fun! And I laughed SO much!! My kids kept asking me what was so funny! 🙂

    So, thanks for the enjoyable time. Thank you for the great thoughts you shared. Thank you for sharing YOURSELF, because, yes, we all do struggle and there IS strength in community.

    Please, please, keep writing! (If you want, that is ;)). I will read ANYTHING you write…fiction or non-fiction.

    Many blessings to you!

  23. One more thing!!….

    After I came here to leave that comment above, I decided to explore your blog a bit and noticed that it was your birthday today! How about that?!!

    Well, a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU!!! I hope today is FULL of delight!!!!! 😀


  24. Thank you SO much! I’m thrilled you decided to leave the comment. It means so much to me to hear from readers and know they enjoyed the book. (And if you wanted to leave a quick Amazon review – I would be super grateful. Those are really helpful for me.)
    I’m working on the next book (out this summer) so I’ll have more material for you soon!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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