Movies + TV

Stay Curious: An Interview With Molly Ringwald

“I felt like the most ill-equipped teenager out there.”

See, I really love that stuff. I love reading about it and researching and watching the shows. And then I just get obsessed with it and it makes me upset.

Do you like to write fiction at all?

Kind of. I’ve been writing. I’ve wrote a lot when I was younger—like two years ago—but I haven’t been writing at all lately because of school and technology. I wrote an article last summer about how my addicton to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook has affected how much I write.

Yeah, I remember that.

It’s awful. I feel like the second I finish my homework, I go on my phone for like an hour and then I go to sleep. And I don’t have…I don’t make any time to write or do any of the things that I want to.

See, I feel the exact opposite in that I was tweeting for a while, and then I kind of took a break, and I’ve been trying to get back into it. And I can’t quite do it. I have this album coming out, and my books coming out in paperback, so [tweeting] would be a good thing to do. I don’t feel comfortable having [other] people tweet on my behalf, because I feel like I have a specific voice. But people can be really vicious on Twitter. I think they’re less so with me than with a lot of other people, but it’s hard not to take it personally. I mean, I can read one nice thing after another, and then one person will say something—

And you only remember the one bad one!

Yeah. It reminds me of being younger and being attracted to the one guy in the room who wasn’t looking at me. Eventually you grow out of those behaviors, but Twitter brings me right back to that. Why should I care about what this loser—who probably has, whatever, 12 followers anyway—thinks, you know? You do that too?

I read them all. I’m on Twitter all day long. I’ve gotten a little bit better just because I feel like it’s messing up my brain for real and I can’t focus much on anything else. It’s so bad. Like when Harry Styles tweeted me, a certain breed of One Direction fans attacked me. I got around 2,000 tweets and I’d say 60% of them were awful.


Yeah, like cyberbullying. I can’t even believe that people do stuff like that.

What advice do your parents give you about that? Just get off [the internet], and don’t look at comments?

Sometimes people say bad things about their work too, so they do a good job of talking to me about it. They [say] you just have to choose not to focus on that.

It’s so hard, though. We won’t let our daughter post her face on YouTube, but she kind of got around that by making these little claymation things and posting those. So I said to [my husband], “We have to disable the comments.” I just don’t want people to say mean things [to her]. So far nobody’s said anything [mean], but as a parent you just don’t want that to happen. And that’s why I don’t want my kids to be involved in show business until they graduate college.

Do you feel like [show business] messed you up as a kid? You seem to have gotten through it really well.

I was incredibly lucky and fortunate and had a tremendous amount of success at a young age, so during those years, it was fine, you know, because I was successful. But then going into my 20s, when I sort of had to grow up, it was really hard. When you’re in your 20s you’re actually not that much more grown up than you are when you’re in your teen years, but everyone kind of expects you to be in this different place. And once you’ve become really famous or successful, there’s always a backlash. It’s part of human nature: we want to build people up and then tear them down. If I were considering an acting career now, with the way technology is, I don’t know if I would have made [the same] decision. I don’t know if I could have dealt with it.

Because of things like Twitter and people being mean?

And TMZ and all that. The kids who are really famous now have to deal with so much more invasion of privacy, and if you don’t have a strong family background—if you don’t have parents that are intelligent and good and not into exploiting their kids—you don’t have a chance. But even though I have truly great parents, I don’t think I could deal with that. I think I was really lucky that I got through it all. You know, statistically, if you look at most of the kids that are acting, most of them don’t grow into healthy, well-formed human beings. I have very mixed feelings about it all. Whenever Mathilda says to me, “Why can’t I do it?” and I give her all my reasons, she says, “Well, you did it. Do you think you’re more special than me? Do you think that you’re smarter than me?” You know, no, no, I don’t—it’s just that I was lucky. And I think it’s more unsafe now. You’re required to give so much more of yourself than you were back then. When I started, you were able to have a private life and a public life. Now you’re expected to be on display all of the time, and if you’re not they get angry. Like that whole thing with the Twilight girl—Kristen Stewart. Granted, she made a mistake. I’m sure if she had it to do over again, she probably would have made a different choice. But who hasn’t made mistakes? And she was, like, crucified for it.

And she’s so young.

She’s a baby. She has her whole life ahead of her. When I think of the mistakes I made when I was that age, if they were on display for everyone to see, it would have been mortifying.


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  • Ibe. April 16th, 2013 3:13 PM

    i just can’t evn handle this.

  • Laia April 16th, 2013 3:19 PM

    this is so cute, I love this!

  • FlowerandtheVine April 16th, 2013 3:22 PM

    Great interview! I love how down to earth Molly is. She has sort of become the patron saint of teenagers!

  • GlitterKitty April 16th, 2013 3:57 PM

    Ohhh Molly is just the best.

  • Ree April 16th, 2013 4:21 PM

    This made me cry a little, I love Molly (and Rookie) so much.

  • Kamila April 16th, 2013 4:24 PM

    OMG, this month. It’s killing me! First Thom Yorke (when I saw he was a “grown man” I thought my computer screen malfunctioned) and now Molly?! How Rookie can be so cool?! Oh, I can’t take it.

    (And Molly, isn’t she so nice? She seems like such an easy person to talk to!)

  • decemberbaby April 16th, 2013 4:26 PM

    “When you’re in your 20s you’re actually not that much more grown up than you are when you’re in your teen years, but everyone kind of expects you to be in this different place.”

    Oh, wow, okay, this is good to know.

  • mingxi April 16th, 2013 4:33 PM


    this interview IS PURE perfection

  • Badlands April 16th, 2013 4:36 PM

    I loved this part!

    Also the introduction is probably the BEST intro to an interview (or anything) ever. Go Maude!

  • AliceS April 16th, 2013 4:37 PM

    I loved Molly before, I love her more now, even if I thought this wasn’t possible.

  • Arabelle April 16th, 2013 4:38 PM

    this is so great thank you maude

  • Piper Lynch April 16th, 2013 4:38 PM

    Wow, this was so great! I love Molly Ringwald, and Maude Apatow did such a good job interviewing her!

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  • rats-for-candy April 16th, 2013 5:26 PM

    Ahh I was just thinking about how cool Molly is while I was in class today! Love this <3

  • Maddy April 16th, 2013 5:27 PM

    This is really fun! I love how although it was an interview, there were some parts where the roles switched. Molly sounds like a super awesome person and I wish I knew her because she’s a mom and while I wouldn’t want another mom, I’d want a “mom mentor” who’s also super hip and cool ‘n stuff.

  • Laura Lemon April 16th, 2013 5:57 PM

    Both of them are infinitely cool. Aaah!

  • Morning Moon April 16th, 2013 5:58 PM

    She’s amazing!! Love u Molly!! And your interview was great, Maude!

  • Jasmine April 16th, 2013 6:29 PM

    this is PERFECT

  • Ana April 16th, 2013 6:53 PM

    This is amazing!! :)

  • Juli April 16th, 2013 7:27 PM

    You really get a sense, in interviews like these and in her films, that Molly Ringwald is a true person. It’s refreshing to be reminded that some famous people don’t stop being themselves for the cameras. I love that so much.

  • spudzine April 16th, 2013 7:37 PM

    THIS IS JUST WOW. This is crazy becaise this past week I had the urge to watch Molly Ribgwald movies, and then BAM this shows up! She’s such a cool person honestly!!

  • myy April 16th, 2013 8:21 PM

    Molly Ringwald is my hero and I am so happy she is finally on Rookie! She is such a lovely person!

  • Hannah April 16th, 2013 8:58 PM

    This is one of the most real interviews I’ve seen on this site, and I adore it. It feels like you just had a nice conversation and it’s perfect.

  • llamalina April 16th, 2013 9:17 PM

    i love maude apatow and i love molly ringwald and this is just perfect.

  • Chloe22 April 16th, 2013 9:31 PM

    I love this so much! If I was Molly I would have stolen all of those clothes from Pretty In Pink… I need that prom dressssss. Maude’s interviews are so interesting. Not all that boring stuff about who someone’s dating or whatever. It’s actually a conversation.

  • Eryn April 16th, 2013 9:46 PM

    (I kind of freaked out when I saw the title… I had to read it a couple times to be sure).
    This is wonderful and scrumptious fantastic.

  • anton April 17th, 2013 12:32 AM

    She is so amazing! <3 and this interview was super fun to read!

  • Tara A. April 17th, 2013 7:12 AM

    This was so great and so much fun to read! I love Maude’s interviews :D

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  • whatever April 17th, 2013 2:37 PM

    molly is amazing ♡♡♡ i can’t even handle how great this interview is asdfghjkl


  • lubs April 17th, 2013 5:21 PM

    Morrissey. Thom Yorke. Now Molly Ringwald.

    Is Beyoncé on your interview list?

  • AnaRuiz April 18th, 2013 8:23 AM

    I can’t believe you guys get to do interviews like this!!!! It’s so cool!!!

  • Jéssica Ferreira April 18th, 2013 10:31 AM

    I didn’t finished reading the interview yet, but I most comment the addiction to internet and stuff like that.
    It’s been a few months since I feel like I stopped reading, writing and having fun ’cause I spend way too much time on my phone and computer.
    But then I found out Rookie Mag by the Morrissey’s interview and you know, I finally found something that’s sooo worth being online for. (Btw, Morrissey See one of his concerts is on my to-do-list. That interview was awesome.)
    This is the best place on the internet and it makes me feel like I’m not wasting my time. Even tho I work and study all day long, I HAVE to read at least 2 or 3 things here per day. This is the best site ever, I wish there was something like that when I was younger (I’m almost 22). You guys give so much support and it’s amazing how young some of you are. I mean, 15 and having a interview with molly?! Are you kidding me?! So much talent!

    Ok, I could go on and on but I must finish reading the interview.

    And forgive me if I wrote something wrong, I’m brazilian and not veeery fluent in english (but reading Rookie is making me better at it!)

    Lots of love to you all <3

  • maxrey April 18th, 2013 5:33 PM

    Yes! I’m 23 and I read Rookie almost every day. And every day I wish it was around 10 years ago when I was in the beginning phases of teenager-hood.

    All hail Rookie!

    PS: Molly Ringwald AND Maude Apatow in one place?! Incredible and adorable.

  • imogan April 19th, 2013 11:38 AM

    Molly and Maude are like the best combination!!!
    Molly is so lovely and her personality is perfect and ahhh!

  • kaylamb April 22nd, 2013 4:51 AM

    Loved this!

  • Serena Head April 22nd, 2013 10:36 AM

    I love you Maude! Great interview too. You write so so well :)

  • April 29th, 2013 5:48 PM

    She’s so adorable, i love her.