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Molly Ringwald Says She Turned Down Julia Roberts’ Role in ‘Pretty Woman’: “I Didn’t Really Like the Story”


Molly Ringwald gets candid about finding her way in Hollywood when she was younger, and why she was an iconic part in it Beautiful lady.

Early in her career, Ringwald made a name for herself as the new “It” girl with movies like The breakfast club, Beautiful in pink And Sixteen candlesbut when she wanted to branch out, she found it difficult.

“I didn’t really feel like dark roles were available to me,” she explained The protector in a recent interview. “The ones I wanted to do, I didn’t get. I was too young for certain roles. I was in a strange in-between phase.”

While trying to navigate the industry and figure out what projects would be best for her, she even turned down some roles, including Julia Roberts’ Vivian Ward. Ringwald told the outlet that while the Erin Brockovich actress “was great” in the hit 1990 rom-com, she “didn’t really like the story. Even then I felt like there was something icky about it.

The Garry Marshall-directed film follows a sex worker (Roberts) who was hired by a businessman (Richard Gere) to be his date to some social events, but they fall in love. Following the film’s success, Roberts received an Oscar nomination for her role as Vivian.

But that wasn’t the only role Ringwald didn’t get. She also received no parts in 1991 The silence of the lambs and that of 1988 Working girl, and recalled the director of the latter film, Mike Nichols, telling her, “’She really must be at the moment when you feel the pain. You have your whole life ahead of you – none of you believe that.’”

In short, the River valley actress recalled struggling to get her spotlight, saying, “It’s hard growing up under that.”

She continued, “I fully acknowledge my privilege — but I had to get out of all that scrutiny. I just wasn’t cut out for it like certain other people. Some people are really good at it. Taylor Swift is awesome! But I was not comfortable with that level of fame.”

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