I Interviewed Molly Ringwald about Getting the Pretty Back

by Jennifer Donovan

gettingprettybackMolly Ringwald and I are about the same age. I didn’t live out my teen years on screen as she did, but I did live out my teen years while watching her live out hers on screen.

In fact, in preparation for this feature, I went back and watched some of those Molly Ringwald teen movies that I haven’t seen in ages. Read my Books on Screen column at 5 Minutes for Books and find out how almost-40-year-old me enjoyed looking back at 80′s teen angst (and learn a bit more about Molly’s new book)

She’s not one of those teen stars who runs away from her past, instead she seems to embrace it. In fact, in her new book Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick she muses on her time as a teen superstar the same way that the rest of us would recall our first date or winning the speech tournament. I asked her, “What’s it like seeing your teen years up there on screen? Do you think you’ll be screening those movies for your kids?”

Molly Ringwald: I would love to watch the movies with my daughter, when she is ready. (I think we have a few years since she is only six!). I think the films are really special because they still speak to teens today, and have become a “rite of passage” of sorts. They don’t seem to be going anywhere.

Me: How is your motherhood experience just like all of ours (us non-Celebrity moms)?

Molly Ringwald: I think that we all deal with the same issues no matter what we do. I am a mom who is juggling work and motherhood and trying to find the right balance in my life just like any other working mom out there. I still worry about making sure that my children get the right amount of nutrients and that they get to bed on time, so I would venture to say that we aren’t all that different.

Me: How is your experience most different from ours?

Molly Ringwald: The only real difference is there is more public interest in what I do. People want my autograph, or photographers want to take pictures of me–which is still something that my daughter just doesn’t quite “get”.

Me: You book is called Getting the Pretty Back. Do you worry about the impact that the importance of “pretty” has on young girls? As a mom, how can we let them know that it’s okay to want to be pretty, yet it’s more important to be themselves?

Molly Ringwald: I explicitly state in my book that the way that I define pretty is not about an outward appearance, but rather about an attitude that we all seem to have when we are younger. I devote an entire chapter to this in the book so that everyone will know that I am not talking about physical beauty.

Me: My secret to “getting my pretty back” — feeling good about who I am and what I’m doing — is making sure I take time out for myself. I read voraciously, I love spending time with my husband watching TV on DVD, and I love treating myself to girls’ nights out or in. What do you do to remind yourself that you are important and worth it?

Molly Ringwald: Exactly that. Taking time for myself, also making sure that my husband and I spend time together to remember that we love each other independently of our children. He sets up cooking classes and water-color classes. We have a date night at least once a week, if not more. I make sure that I take the time to work out (even though I’m not crazy about it) just to make sure that I keep fit because that helps me to feel strong and like I can take on the world. (Or at least my six year old daughter)!!

Leave a comment here if you’d like to win a copy of Molly Ringwald’s book Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family, and Finding the Perfect Lipstick. We’ll announce the winner on June 5. The Giveaway is Closed.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom contributor and book blogger Jennifer Donovan, who loves talking to other women, celebrities or not, about balance, motherhood, and friendship.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 edj May 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Oh shoot–am I the first? That means I probably won’t win.
Molly Ringwald! I adored her! I want to read her book! I need to go re-watch those movies!


2 Debbie May 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I loved Molly Ringwald’s movies, they truly represented the innocence of the teenage years. I would love to read her book. Now I need to go watch her movies over again! Loved the interview!


3 Laura R. May 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Loved her movies!!! =)
I just watched For Keeps the other night…


4 Tammi May 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Molly was one of my idols growing up – we both had red hair. Pretty in Pink remains my favorite movie of all time and I’m 37. So nice to see she’s got a book!


5 Pamela May 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Molly Ringwald is a timeless beauty, inside and out!


6 Jennifer May 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Molly Ringwald is just adorable and such a ‘normal’ mom!


7 Stacie May 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I love Molly Ringwald…she just seems so grounded!


8 Elizabeth May 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

i love her!


9 Andrea May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Would love to read this :)


10 Martha C May 20, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I love autobiographies and I love Molly Ringwald. I would so love to read this book!


11 Rebecca G May 20, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I’d love to win this book!


12 katklaw777 May 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Molly is all grown up…luv to read this one, thanks.


13 Christi May 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I’ve always loved her! I’m sure the book is excellent!


14 tennille May 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Who didn’t love molly in the 80′s?


15 Amy May 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I SO loved Molly’s movies as a teen. She really spoke to a whole generation of girls I think.


16 Karen May 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I loved watching her movies.


17 S.I.F. May 21, 2010 at 2:51 am

I am still such a sucker for those old movies, and I just adore Molly Ringwald… I love that you did this interview!


18 Angie May 21, 2010 at 6:23 am

Molly was one of my fave actresses back then! I’d love to read this book!


19 Susan H. May 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

Great interview! I always thought she was a terrific actress. I’d love to read her book!


20 CaroleM May 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

I love Molly!


21 Linda Kish May 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

I’d love to have this book. I have always enjoyed Molly’s movies.

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22 Anita Yancey May 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

I loved watching all of her movies, and I definitely would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!


23 LaVonne May 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I have been watching her on ABC family channel and just love her still. Thanks for a chance to get a book!


24 Megret May 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I didn’t know she had a new book! I’d be so excited to win. :)


25 Maggie May 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I am magicaly transported back in time when ever I watch Molly’s movies. I also grew up with people telling me I looked like her and often called me Molly! Lucky me : ) hope I win the book !!


26 Michele May 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Love her! I cannot wait to read this book.


27 Brenda Rupp May 21, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I would love to read the book!


28 Sarah Morgan May 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Love Molly Ringwald! Would love to read her book.


29 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews May 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Ooh, Molly Ringwald is great. I was a little young to enjoy her in her movie days, but I’ve made up for lost time. ;) I enjoy watching her movies now, and I love her on “Secret Life”.


30 Kelly H May 23, 2010 at 1:57 am

would love to read this book, I watch Secret Life with my daughter who is turning 12 and it gives us lots of things to talk about — and since I treated myself to an 80′s night of movies a few New Years Eves’ ago Pretty in Pink has become one of her favorite movies and we watch it together at least once every six months it seems.


31 Melissa May 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I love Molly and I would love to read this!


32 Terra Heck May 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Molly Ringwald is a favorite actress of mine. I’d like to read this book. Thanks.


33 Mozi Esmes Mom May 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

Count me in! She’s from my generation…

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34 Liz May 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

I grew up watching Molly Ringwald and I’d love to read this.


35 Idaho Jill May 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I’ve always loved Molly Ringwald – still love Sixteen Candles the best!


36 amanda Daybyday May 26, 2010 at 9:31 am

I’ve always loved Molly Ringwald and would love to win this book.


37 Michelle Stice May 27, 2010 at 2:48 am

I have heard about this book and would love to read it. Love that Molly Ringwald is still around and doing well.


38 Heather May 27, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Molly is one of my favorite actresses! I love her older movies plus her new show is great!


39 Lauren May 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Love all the Molly Ringwald movies… i am a big fan!!


40 Amanda A May 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

She is so cute – I would love to read this!


41 melissa n. May 29, 2010 at 12:23 am

I love Molly! I’d love to read this book :)


42 Donna Holmberg May 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I grew up right alongside Molly Ringwald, but she sure has aged better than I have. LOL

Having listened to several of her interviews, I find her to be thoughtful and caring and a genuinely sweet person. I’d love to meet her one day.


43 busiemommie June 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm

I’d love to win this book! It looks like it would make for a good summer read!


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