I attended the #WrinkleInTimeEvent on behalf of Disney and ABC in Los Angeles 2/24-2/27. This post is part of the required content series, all opinions and experiences are my own.
Interview with Bellamy Young on her role as Mellie Grant in Scandal and Camazotz Woman in the new Disney film A Wrinkle In Time.
Last Sunday, I along with 24 other amazing bloggers had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Bellamy Young on her role as the Camazotz Woman in A Wrinkle In Time and Mellie Grant in the popular ABC series Scandal. To say Bellamy was a pleasure to chat with would be an understatement. She entered the room with a warm smile and light-hearted spirit. We laughed together, we laughed some more and we got the run down of all things Bellamy. Truthfully, it was as though we were having coffee with a close friend rather than an interview for a Hollywood film and hit TV show in which she is a part of. Here are some highlights of our time with her:
On Working With Ava DuVernay In A Wrinkle In Time
Ava had directed a second season (of Scandal) and she called and said, “Would you like to do two days on this movie?” First of all, if she called and said, “You want to do two days in my garden?” I’d be like, “Yes, I do, please, I’m bad at planting but I really want to be there.” I had loved this book so much when I was a child and so it just made it all the better. Working with Ava is a dream. She’s such a visionary, and it was a joy to go. But the book meant everything to me when I was a kid.
On Her Role In A Wrinkle In Time
Perfectionism can be a plague, especially as women. I don’t have the blessing of being a parent, but my friends that have kids, it just gets so big, right? You have your dreams, you have to compromise sometimes, and just do triage. But then your kids have your dreams, and how do you get all of that to happen? How does it happen in the best way? Are they in the right schools? Am I doing the right thing for them? That perfectionism all comes from a place of fear, or self doubt, or inadequacy. I loved in the book she always made a point of saying “alike is not equal” because alike brings everyone down. Individuality and equality is what we aim for, right? So, I hope what people take away is being yourself is your greatest gift. Your greatest superpower is your individuality. Being brave enough to explore that can instantly break you free of any of the ties of the greater darkness out there. It will literally free you.
On Her Role As Mellie Grant On Scandal
I was only supposed to be there (on Scandal) five minutes. So first of all it has taught me, you show up and you do your best work, even when it’s two lines. You never know what’s going to turn into your dream. You never know which lottery ticket might pay, so always show up for yourself and doing your best work.
But Mellie, man, she does not care if people are comfortable. She’s so flawed. But she has such big dreams, she’s doggedly loyal, and will fall on her face, but she will stand up and walk forward. It’s been a great, great gift. Not just the fact of having a job, but the fact of getting to be her.
On What She Has Learned From Playing Mellie
It’s been transformational for me, because I’ve just been really mean to myself in my own head. When you’re really mean to yourself in your own head, you wind up being mean to people in your real life, too. Because the whole perfectionism thing that we were talking about. When you really know that you’re doing the best you can, and hopefully you have wonderful people around you who are doing the best they can too, and we’re all trying to get to a place of glory together, then you wind up being able to enjoy it a little bit. Seeing Mellie fail and then stand right back up. And everyone allows her to stand up and call on her, it has taught me that people don’t judge me as much as I judge me. All that matters is trying with your full heart. Failure is a big teacher, right? We forget that part. When you mess up, there’s a lot of good information in the mess-up. So yeah, Mellie’s been a gift.
On The Ending Bellamy Would Give Mellie
I wished for her eight years in office, a White House wedding. I’m a romantic at heart. I wanted her and Marcus to have a White House wedding. But I don’t know, looking at the chessboard and the way everyone is placed at the second-to-last episode? I am glad I’m not a writer on this show. I wouldn’t know what to do a this point.
Tune in to Scandal TONIGHT Thursday, March 1st at 9|8C:
TUNE IN FOR THE #HOWTOGETAWAYWITHSCANDAL CROSSOVER EPISODES AIRING TONIGHT, THURSDAY MARCH 1 ON ABC (SCANDAL AT 9|8C AND HTGAWM AT 10|9C).
A Wrinkle in Time comes to theaters across the nation on March 9th!