Molly Ringwald is not planning on showing her 1980 movies to her three kids for quite some time.
Ringwald, who’s mom to Mathilda, 17, and Roman and Adele, 12, has been transparent about her perception of her early films i.e. the John Hughes trio of “Sixteen Candles,” 1984; “The Breakfast Club,” 1985; and “Pretty In Pink,” 1986 has changed now that she is a parent first, actor second.
Back in 2016, she shared with TODAY about letting Mathilda check out those films, and was so happy to see how her daughter “connected” with them.
But during a SiriusXM “Radio Andy” chat with Andy Cohen this past Wednesday, Ringwald admitted her feelings on the films now that she has twin daughters.
“It definitely is a different time,” she says, and refers to a New Yorker essay she wrote in 2018 about sharing the films. “People ask me if I’ve watched them with my kids, and I did watch the first one — which was the impetus to write that article — with Mathilda. And it was such an emotional experience that I haven’t found that strength to watch it with my two other kids.”
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“My 12-year-old daughter, Adele, is the most woke individual that you’ve ever met, and I just don’t know how I’m going to go through that, you know, watching it with her and (her) saying, ‘How could you do that? How could you be part of something that….’ “
“I always loved the script, loved the movie, but I never imagined we would be talking about it 30 years later. I never imagined it would still speak to my kids. … I feel like it keeps speaking to generation after generation.”
“What was acceptable then is definitely not acceptable now and nor should it have been then,” Ringwald told NPR over at the time. “I feel very differently about the movies now and it’s a difficult position for me to be in because there’s a lot that I like about them.”
And while she admits to Cohen she understands the “troubling” elements, at the same time, she also can see the positive side of the films.
“They’re also about people that felt like outsiders. They speak to a lot of people. They’re complicated. I feel like that’s what makes the movies really wonderful.”
“I’m proud of those movies, and I have a lot of affection for them,” says Ringwald. “They are so much a part of me.”
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