Molly Ringwald talks sequels, lipstick trickery and turning down the lead in 'Pretty Woman'
Molly Ringwald is really embracing the Internet these days. First, she gets a Twitter account (and promptly attracts thousands of followers in no-time-flat.) And now, she's chatting up fans in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" format.
Here are some of the highlights of the online conversation; find the full transcript here.
ON JOHN HUGHES ALMOST FIRING JUDD NELSON FROM BREAKFAST CLUB: "This is true. I think Judd was doing the method actor thing during rehearsals. He was wearing Bender's clothes and trying to annoy me. I was fine but John Hughes was very protective of me. We ended up having a powwow, led by Ally. I remember her telling me, 'We have to get him focused. Like a laser!' I think a bunch of us including myself called John and asked him to reconsider. I am thankful he did."
ON RUMORS SHE TURNED DOWN 'PRETTY WOMAN': "I think I saw an early draft and it was called '$3,000'. I don't specifically remember turning it down. The script was okay but I gotta say, Julia Roberts is what makes that movie. It was her part."
HER FAVORITE BREAKFAST CLUB STORY: "When I did the smoking doobage scene "I'm so popular, everyone loves me at this school," it was basically all improvised and John just let the camera roll for twenty minutes. He was so psyched with everything he got that he dragged my mother into the room where they were showing rushes so she could see how brilliant her daughter was. Of course, my mom was horrified."
ON A SIXTEEN CANDLES SEQUEL: "At one point, six years ago, I was considering participating in a sequel to Sixteen Candles. But John Hughes didn't want to have sequels to any of the movies I was in and I didn't feel comfortable doing it without his involvement."
ON THE LIPSTICK TRICK: "It's all movie magic. There is a story behind that: John Hughes wrote it but never actually thought about me having to do it. He kept putting it off until the end of filming that long scene. I kept bringing it up, like, "Hey. We gotta figure this out. Are we going to have robotic breasts?" Finally we decided it was better to see less and let everyone assume that I was particularly skilled."]
IS SHE TEAM DUCKIE OR TEAM BLAINE: "I am Team James Spader."