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)
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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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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!

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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!

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

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

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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!

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5 Pamela May 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Molly Ringwald is a timeless beauty, inside and out!

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6 Jennifer May 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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

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7 Stacie May 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I love Molly Ringwald…she just seems so grounded!

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8 Elizabeth May 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

i love her!

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9 Andrea May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Would love to read this :)

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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!

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

I’d love to win this book!

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12 katklaw777 May 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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

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13 Christi May 20, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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

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14 tennille May 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Who didn’t love molly in the 80′s?

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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.

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16 Karen May 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm

I loved watching her movies.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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20 CaroleM May 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

I love Molly!

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

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

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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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!

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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!

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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. :)

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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 !!

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26 Michele May 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Love her! I cannot wait to read this book.

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

I would love to read the book!

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

Love Molly Ringwald! Would love to read her book.

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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”.

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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.

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31 Melissa May 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I love Molly and I would love to read this!

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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.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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

Count me in! She’s from my generation…

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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!

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39 Lauren May 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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