Molly Ringwald says she turned down Julia Roberts' position in 'Fairly Lady' as a result of she thought the story was 'icky'

  • Molly Ringwald turned down the lead position in “Fairly Lady” as a result of she thought the story was “icky.”
  • “Julia Roberts was great in it,” Ringwald stated in a current interview with The Guardian.
  • In 2012, Ringwald stated she was in casting talks within the movie’s early phases, however did not recall turning it down.

In a current interview with The Guardian, Molly Ringwald informed reporter Zoe Williams that she turned down Julia Roberts’ position within the 1990 traditional “Fairly Lady” as a result of she thought the story was “icky.” 

Within the movie, Roberts performs prostitute Vivian Ward, who’s employed by businessman Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) to be his escort for some work occasions. Ultimately, the pair fall in love and Vivian’s life is modified endlessly. 

Ringwald informed The Guardian that she was initially provided the half that successfully launched Roberts’ profession as a number one actor, however she declined it. 

“Julia Roberts was great in it, however I did not actually just like the story,” Ringwald stated. “Even then, I felt like there was one thing icky about it.”

This is not the primary time the “Sixteen Candles” star has spoken about practically being concerned within the traditional ’90s rom-com. In a 2012 Reddit AMA, she stated she acquired an early script of the movie however did not recall rejecting it.

“I feel I noticed an early draft and it was known as ‘$3,000.’ I do not particularly keep in mind turning it down,” she commented within the AMA. “The script was okay however I gotta say, Julia Roberts is what makes that film. It was her half. Each actor hopes for an element that lets them shine like that.”

Within the new interview, Ringwald additionally named elements in different traditional motion pictures that she was thought of for however did not find yourself starring in. “I did not actually really feel like darker roles have been obtainable to me,” she stated.

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Ringwald in “Fairly in Pink.”

Paramount Footage



She recalled being turned down for roles within the 1988 movie “Working Lady” and the 1991 movie “Silence of the Lambs” when she was in her early 20s as a result of administrators thought she was “too younger.”

Ringwald was clear that the peak of her fame within the Nineteen Eighties was a unique time in Hollywood, so even a few of her motion pictures might be thought of problematic in 2023. 

She additionally informed The Guardian that she will’t watch her 1985 movie “The Breakfast Membership,” about youngsters from totally different social teams who bond whereas in weekend detention collectively, along with her daughter Adele due to the sexist, outdated tropes it promotes.

“She’s very liberal. I imply, I am very liberal, however she’s one other stage. Which she needs to be, and I am glad,” she stated of her 13-year-old.


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