We love a girl-power film!
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, "Whip It," now out on DVD and Blu-ray, is about a rebellious teenage girl who ditches the expected beauty pageant route and instead finds her own "tribe," uncovering an unshakable bond with her mother in the process. Drew chats with us about why making this film was so important to her -- and why positive messages and positive role models in girls' lives are so important.
Momlogic: Why was it so important for you to make this girl-power film?
Drew Barrymore: I love girl power, and I wanted -- especially for moms and daughters -- to cultivate that environment for them to be true to themselves and each other. Mothers, hopefully, want to protect their kids -- but sometimes there can be a massive gap in trust and communication. I wanted to try to see both sides of it.
I also wanted to cultivate the support for people to really be who they are in this world -- whether that's coming from your mother, teammates, etc.... I think that is one of the biggest blessings and fortunes, to be supported for who we are. And honestly, I love it when my friends are real with me.
ML: What type of message do you want "Whip It" to send to young girls?
DB: To embrace who you really are inside -- rather than what someone else's vision is for you. Don't lie, cheat, and steal in order to be that person; try to be honest, and try to find a good group of people out there who keep you in line and who you have a great time with. And don't be ashamed! Say it loud and say it proud!
ML: What advice do you have for young girls who may have trouble finding their group or place?
DB: For me, I feel like I can actually give a verbal summation -- when you feel good about yourself and you have a dialogue (with friends) that's honest and inspiring, but has some tough love -- when there's some commonality and a connection -- that's when you feel really good about yourself. Find people who can be honest and look out for you.
ML: Should moms watch this movie with their daughters?
DB: I had a complex relationship with my mom, and the film has a different result and story, but there is a lot of truth in it, and the intricacy was important for me to explore in this movie. I would guess -- don't want to assume -- but I imagine this is a movie for mothers and daughters. I wanted to make this for them.
I hope we have some support and honesty. My relationship with my mother in my real life is quite different, but I am emotionally connected with what happens with this mom and daughter -- and I did try to make it real.
ML: With news of Heidi Montag's 10+ surgeries, what would you tell young girls about loving themselves?
DB: Stop reading that stuff, number one. Cut it out -- it's bad, it's negative. I don't really read or watch that stuff, but that's what I'm doing to save myself.
It's important to find balance. I love comedy, and I love reading silly things -- I can't stand when it gets too heavy. But there are important things that are going on in the world that we need to inform ourselves about.
Be true to who you are, and feel beautiful for the way you were made -- there are no specific standards. I want to encourage your girls not to read tabloids -- they are not healthy.
ML: And because we have to ask, over the weekend there were rumors that you updated your status on Facebook to "engaged" -- are the rumors true?
DB: Not true. I have never been on Facebook -- but there are worse things they could be saying. I am in the ignorance-is-bliss phase. I can't pay attention to it because it is too difficult -- you can't control what everyone is saying and doing out there. I want to focus my attention on things I can control.
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