Molly Ringwald Talks ‘The Breakfast Club’ 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago, Molly Ringwald took on the part of Claire Standish in one of the best coming of age films of all time, The Breakfast Club.

Now, with the movie set to re-enter theaters in March 2015, Ringwald is opening up about the movie that gave her a start in the entertainment industry.

“If somebody told me that we would be on the phone talking about it 30 years ago, I don’t think I would have believed you,” Ringwald said during a recent interview with Time Magazine. “I always loved the movie, I loved it when I filmed it, I just didn’t know it would have the longevity that it seems to have had.”

When asked why she felt the film has had such longevity, Ringwald explained that there hasn’t been anything to replace it, and the theme is still very powerful today.

“There really hasn’t been anything to replace it. It’s kind of a classic because it all takes place in the one day, so there’s just one wardrobe. There were less chances for it to look incredibly dated. The theme is something that is still really relevant today, which is that no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, everyone kind of feels the same, which is that they don’t belong. And that’s a sort of powerful theme.”

Ringwald said she really didn’t relate to her character at the time and was originally considered for the role of Allison. However, she wanted to take on the part of Claire because she was so different from her.

“I wanted to play that character [Claire] because I felt like she was really different,” Molly explained. “She was more like my older sister who was very popular in school. That was me stretching as an actor.”

She continued, “I was originally considered for the role of Allison. I was the one who wanted to play Claire, who was actually called Cathy when I first read the script. I thought she was a challenging character because I felt like she was the most unsympathetic just right off the bat. She was not somebody that you immediately felt bad for because she was so privileged. I thought that would be sort of challenging, to make her sympathetic.”

The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes, will be screened nationwide on March 26 and March 31 thanks to Fathom Events, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and BY Experience, according to CBS News.

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