Molly Ringwald Reveals What She Really Thinks
Serena Carsley-Mann - June 1, 2018

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Molly Ringwald starred in so many of John Hughes movies that she is commonly referred to as his muse.  She was pretty much the queen of the Brat Pack and was everywhere to be seen in the 90s, from Sixteen Candles, to Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.
Ringwald managed to make it through the rough teenage years basically untouched. Many of us feel like we’ve changed a whole lot since we graduated high school, but she claims to feel the same as she did back in the day.
Maybe it’s because she had to grow up so fast, and she admits that being a star is not always as glamorous as it appears on the outside.  Fame of course has opened lots of doors for her, but it’s a difficult thing to do at such a young age.
When the movies were made, they were so unique compared to everything else. But now, looking back, she’s got some concerns about the content within them.  This past year she wrote a piece for the New Yorker, revealing some things she was not fully comfortable with, admitting that John Hughes did in fact break barriers within teen movies, but has left her uncertain of their power to stay.
Sixteen Candles was apparently written just for the character of Molly, whom he saw at a BBQ and decided to take a break from filming The Breakfast Club to write another movie for his muse.  Once the filming of The Breakfast Club was done, Hughs wrote yet another film specifically for Molly.

Looking back at things, Molly admits that she does not agree with many of the plots from the films, especially so when it comes to the relationship between her character Claire with Bender, who was also sexually harassing or insulting her.


Molly feels as though John had a huge blind spot, writing with so much sensitivity, but still missing so many other crucial aspects.   She appreciates the fact that nowadays things have changed and that certain things make us uncomfortable.