HOLLYWOOD – Following fellow Breakfast Club attendee Molly Ringwald‘s success over at The Guardian, we’ve recruited Ally Sheedy as our agony aunt and consultant on all things emotional, psychological and financial.
Reader Jeb Bush writes:
Hello Alexandra, please bear with me, for the past…3 years I’ve been subjected to a rather unusual degree of distress to the point where I would like to just combust into ashes. You see the thing is, I’ve been worrying about an old friend who…went off to become an actress and I have lost all contact with her. I have never been so confused in my entire life. I worry because I feel as though she may be susceptible to being taken advantage of by these…greedy, sleazy Don King types, these “accountants”, “lawyers” and “business graduates”. I can’t tell from my couch as to what she is doing, who she is getting involved with, what she is going through, what she has seen, if her and most importantly what she has been exposed to. My greatest fear is whether or not her heart has been corrupted in any sort of way. Or if she went insane and became some kind of evil sociopath.
Okay. Buy a bottle wine. Sits down. Drink a glass. Now get out your phone. And phone your friend. If she doesn’t answer, have a glass of wine. If she does answer, celebrate and have a glass of wine. Hell, finish the bottle. The thing you have to understand is that actresses are essentially extremely tough people. They have to be. They get so much shit on a daily basis and only the very top of the pile get anything like the compensation they deserve. And even then you can’t really envy them their lives. Look at Renée Zellwegger. Is there any money that is going to be compensation for the kind of degrading bullsh*t she’s been put through? And before you tell me, she chose to have work done, take a second to walk in her shoes and be subject to the kind of scrutiny and criticism she was getting on a daily basis. I’ll never forget what Judd Nelson told me when we were filming The Breakfast Club. He said, ‘In some ways you are not only the greatest actress ever, Ally, you’re wiser than Buddha.’ I can’t argue with that.
If you have any questions to put to Ally just leave them in the question box below and she’ll get back to you.