Friday Night Movies
This Week’s Q&A Goody:
On Monday, I was lucky enough to get the chance to chat with reader (and personal) favorite Drew Barrymore. The Golden Globe-winning actress co-starred in (and directed!) the newly released DVD, Whip It, about a girl (Ellen Page) who goes against her mother’s beauty-pageant wishes to join the roller derby. Check out what she had to say:
Why was Whip It the first film you chose to direct?
I’ve been working toward directing since I was 7. I love exploring what family is, who you choose to go through the world with, and how important it is to be yourself but also be supported. All of those things are just important questions I have in life and in this movie. As much as the film is fun, I kind of feel like it’s a mother-daughter love story.
Yes, you seem to be attracted to roles with a complex family dynamic. Did you draw from real-life experience for this movie?
For me in Whip It, the mother-daughter story is very personal. I think that’s an incredibly intricate relationship that we all go through in the world. And I have much personal experience—emotionally—with that. So I thought I had a lot to offer in that area. The [film's] story is very different from my own life. But there are things in the movie that are very, very personal and direct—I won’t say which, but they’re absolutely something I experienced.
Part of the movie deals with the mom (Marcia Gay Harden) trying to push the daughter into beauty pageants. When you have kids, are you going to try to steer them clear of the whole Hollywood/child star thing? Or let them decide?
I’m at that place in my life where I can see both sides. The mother wants the best for her daughter. She isn’t a “stage mother.” She’s just trying to provide things for her daughter that her daughter doesn’t really want for herself. They come to a sort of potential acceptance and peace with each other. People don’t change overnight—it’s hard to get someone to switch their thought processes. If I [can achieve] the delicacies and balance of trying to take care of my kids and being attuned to what they want in life, that’s a very good, real thing.
Can we expect an animated film from your production company, Flower Films, anytime soon?
We don’t have a “Shrek” in the near future. But I think the best way to put it is I really love collective experiences—and to me that weirdly is the definition of family. So anything is possible And we love all different types of movies. So maybe? Yes?
This Week’s DVD Goodies:
TV-on-DVD Pick (British Import Edition):
The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week: