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.
LONDON – Hi I’m Molly Ringwald. You might know me from such films as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.
What you didn’t know is that I’m also an agony aunt! Ha ha, I know. The British newspaper The Guardian has made me one, because… well, actually I don’t know. They’re basically star f*ckers with very little journalistic integrity I suppose!
So when best pal The Studio Exec asked me if I could basically do the same job for him, I thought ‘Hell, what was copy and paste invented for if not for this!’
So here we go:
Last year my husband died. We were married for fifteen years and it was one of those marriages like in the story books. We loved each other thoroughly and were so happy together. However, he had a massive heart attack while playing five aside football one day and died. It was like a bomb fell and destroyed my world. Since then the only thing I have to numb the pain is alcohol. I always enjoyed a drink, but now it has become my only refuge. I have lost my friends over it and my mother has taken our children into her home because she believes my house is not a good environment for them. I no longer go to work. I just stay in and drink. I know that I am damaging everything and that my husband would be appalled at my behavior, but the grief is overwhelming and the only viable option I have to alcoholism is suicide.
Please help me Molly.
Dear Grieving Alcoholic,
Hmmmm. Your situation is a little grim. But there is hope. Take the situation of my character Claire Standish in The Breakfast Club. Yes, she was a beautiful girl, a ‘princess’ as Judd Nelson calls her repeatedly. But she had problems too. She was expected to conform to what everyone expected and she wasn’t free to hang out with people who were different from her peer group. She even got a detention because she was what we would call nowadays ‘acting out’. And yet that detention, that seemed like a bad thing at the time (like your husband’s sudden death) actually meant she made friends and for once had a good honest look at herself – not to mention I got to kiss Judd Nelson, every girl’s dream. So I think you’ll find although things look dark now things will change and you too will walk away from your old life to the strains of Simple Minds playing over the end credits!
If you have a problem write to email@example.com and mark clearly in the subject box ASK MOLLY.
Some facts are fat, some facts are thin and some facts are medium sized. Food for thought.
1. Judd recently started his own Breakfast Club but nobody turned up.
2. Sometimes Judd weeps uncontrollably for days and days on end.
3. A street named after Judd in his home town of Portland was recently renamed Tonya Harding Street.
4. Judd was told by Martin Scorcese that he wanted him to play Henry Hill in Goodfellas but it turned out to be an exceptionally amusing April Fool’s joke.