Interview with A Wrinkle in Time actress Storm Reid
I interviewed Storm Reid, who stars as Meg in A Wrinkle in Time which comes out Friday, March 9th. A Wrinkle in Time is about Meg (Storm Reid) finding out that her father (Chris Pine), who has been missing for years, is alive and being held captive by an evil force. With the help of her young brother (Deric McCabe) and a friend (Levi Miller), they go on a journey with the help of three astral travelers, Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) to save him.
Mike: Hi Storm. What was it like working with such a great cast? I mean you got Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Oprah herself in the cast.
Storm Reid: It was so much fun to work with them, experiencing working with them for six months. They are all so grounded, humble, talented and so sweet. I’m just glad I got the opportunity to work with them.
Did you learn anything working with them?
Storm: Oh, yes. Just constant graciousness. They have been in this business for such a long time but still, have the passion for this industry.
Did you get any particular advice from the cast?
Storm: Yes, Miss Oprah said that everything that is happening right now in my career is about to change but that I as a person isn’t going to change, I’m going to know still who I am but the people around me are going to change. She said that things would be the same and I really took that to heart because she has been in this industry for so long. She’s a megastar and for her to give me that advice was so special.
What advice did you get from your director Ava DuVernay?
Storm: Ava said ‘just do the work.’ Ava walks the walk that she talks.
What do you want people to take away from the film when they see the movie?
Storm: I want people to be inspired. I want the audience to know that they can be themselves, that they are perfect just the way they are and that they shouldn’t let anybody tell them differently. I think the movie really transcends that idea. Think people will be inspired by this film.
You are originally from Atlanta. You recently got to go back to your old school, Dunwoody’s Chestnut Elementary. What was that experience like?
Storm: It was so amazing. I got to go back and see all my old teachers. It was so cool to be able to inspire the kids and show them that anything is possible.
Were you a fan of the book?
Storm: Yes, I was. I read the book in sixth grade, and I got the role of Meg while in eighth grade. I loved the book when I was reading it and doing a book report on it. I thought Meg was a peculiar character. I was glad that when I got the role that I already had some backstory on it.
What do you like about Meg?
Storm: That she is so peculiar and that she doesn’t see how beautiful and smart she is, but everybody else does. She has to go on a trip around the Universe to figure that out. She is so intelligent and so loving, willing to risk her life for the people that she loves.
Oprah described A Wrinkle in Time is a modern take on the classic movie The Wizard of Oz. Do you think that?
Storm: Yes, while I do feel my movie and The Wizard of Oz are a little different in their stories and their messages, but I hope that A Wrinkle in Time will become a modern day classic.
How did you prepare physically for the role because you run and jump a lot in the film?
Storm: Miss Ava did a great job of preparing us for the role. We rehearsed before shooting, and we did some training also. Plus, my mom helped me build up my endurance.
What were some of the challenges that you faced during filming?
Storm: There were a lot of challenges. I had to challenge myself because it was my first lead role. I was a little nervous when I first got the role. Miss Ava and the cast made me feel so comfortable. They reassured me that I got the role because it was meant for me. The stunts and working with a green screen so much was another challenge. I had never done it before, and it’s sometimes hard to imagine the unimaginable but once I got some practice in it then got so much fun.
What did you learn about yourself in making this film?
Storm: I learned that I was capable of playing roles like this. It was so great playing this black girl that saves the universe because we just don’t see that in films. I learned that I can do anything that I put my mind to.
Thanks for talking with us today.
Storm: Thank you
A Wrinkle in Time opens nationwide Friday, March 9th.
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