Molly Ringwald - the Lenny Interview

Molly Ringwald - the Lenny Interview

Of course I wanted to be Molly Ringwald. We all did, didn't we?

Because I didn't have one, she was like my older, hipper sister, the one who could tell you about sex and tampons and boys and parties and the bands no one else has heard of. Plus, she had red hair that didn't scream "I'M A REDHEAD!" It was so much cooler than that, because she was cooler than that.

Naturally, I ventured into drugstore L'Oreal boxed auburn hair, too, coloring my own hair with mixed, calico cat results. But because of my obsession with Molly, I would revisit it a few more times before growing up and settling into a more natural shade of deep brown. I also became a lifelong thrift store stalker, always hunting for treasure in the heaps of old clothes.

It did feel like the world had a crush on me. Which was a nice feeling. But then if you have any lucidity, or if you are prone to anxiety, which I think I have been my whole life, you always have the feeling that it’s going to change, that it’s ephemeral and it’s not going to last.
— Molly Ringwald on Lenny.com

But I digress. I suppose I'm still in love with the idea of Molly Ringwald because her characters continue to live inside me, neighbors of the girl I used to be, reminders of the teen angst I thought I'd never outgrow. And this article on the Lenny website allowed me to revisit all of them - and get acquainted with the creative soul that Molly has become in the years since her characters took hold of our collective consciousness.

Read the full article on Lenny.com

Read the full article on Lenny.com

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