The next Brooke Shields movie “Pretty Baby” Documentary Takes a comprehensive look at the actress’ career and details the intense media scrutiny she faced as a child star.
The two-part Hulu series examines Shields’ rise to fame, including her sexual objectification at a young age as a star in the controversial films “Pretty Baby” and “Blue Lagoon” and her relationship with her alcoholic mother and manager Terry Shields. . In her series, which premiered in February at the Sundance Film Festival, Shields, 57, revealed for the first time that she was raped in her twenties.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the model explained why opening up about her sexual abuse by an unnamed industry professional was the hardest part of telling her life story.
“I was worried about the #MeToo stuff just because I didn’t want it to be reduced to just a headline,” Shields said.
She continued, “And yet I knew that if I didn’t, I was going to feel like a hypocrite or inauthentic. I haven’t been able to talk about it until now, and then I felt like you owe it to yourself.”
“And I just hoped that by two hours and whatever several minutes it was, the only brief story—I mean, I knew it was going to be clickbait—but I was worried I was going to be let down by the press again.”
The two-time Golden Globe nominee has explained that she developed coping mechanisms to deal with the relentless press coverage. The late mother’s drinking problem.
“I think this happens with a child who is addicted to alcohol,” she told the Associated Press. “You know, you really learn to retail.”
She continued, “You’re in love with someone who’s so broken and has an illness that they can’t seem to control. But you can’t afford that their love isn’t real.”
“So you learn, when you feel like things… are not in control… I’m going to get very organized, and that kind of was central, that was my reflection on, you know, re-doing Filofax or re-folding my socks.”
Teri has managed Shields’ career from the time she made her modeling debut at the age of 11 months right through to her twenties. she He died at the age of 79 After a long illness associated with dementia.
Shields also reflected on gaining confidence in her talent that she did not have in her younger years. The “Castle for Christmas” star elaborated on the meaning behind a statement she made in the documentary, in which she said she “fully owns her identity.”
“I kept myself small for a long time,” she told the AP, “to either be relatable or not be threatening or humble, you know?”
She continued, “Don’t be snooty. Don’t be snooty. Make people like you. Be nice to everyone. That’s how I was raised, and I’ve been rewarded for it.”
“I’m saying it’s okay to put myself on my shoulder a little bit. It’s okay to say I really do have talent because I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t. It’s not just because I’m smart or just because I look a certain way. I’ve maintained my career and kept challenging myself.” , and I don’t think I ever felt confident enough to say it out loud. I’ve always wanted others to approve of my talent, and never thought I could give it to myself.”
actress She explained that she also feels more confident expressing and asserting herself in media interviews while promoting Pretty Baby.
What I noticed when I was a little girl “Nobody really wanted my answers,” she said. “They wanted their narrative to be the sound bites I gave them. Being always so stubborn, I, in my own way, refused to give it to them.”
Shields continued, “Now, I never feel like I’m on the defensive because I know I’m not at anyone else’s mercy.”
“Looking back, I can see that’s what I was doing, and I don’t need to do that anymore, which is very powerful, but, you know, it took 40 years,” she added with a laugh.