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.
Exclusive interview with Storm Reid who plays Meg Murray in Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, in theaters March 9th.
Being a mom to a 9 and 12 year old, when young talent walks into the interview room, the mom side of me totally kicks in. I want to immediately jump into protective mode and make the young actor/actress feel comfortable and at ease. When Storm Reid walked into the room to discuss her role as Meg Murray in A Wrinkle In Time, this protective instinct immediately kicked in, as always. However when Storm began to speak, I knew I didn’t have to jump into ‘protective mom mode’. She was articulate, confident and had a sophisticated aura about her. At the same time, she exuded a sweet innocence which reminded me of Meg Murray, the character she plays in the film. I can see why Director Ava DuVernay thought she was the perfect actress to play the lead in A Wrinkle In Time. Check out the highlights of our interview.
On Playing A Multicultural Heroine
It means everything to me and it’s very empowering for me still as a young, little girl being able to represent the little girls that look like me and being able to give them hope and know that they can have any opportunity they want to have. They can do anything no matter their big hair or their big nose, as people say, or their glasses or their skin tone. They can do anything. So, for me able to be that for them and be an inspiration and to uplift them and empower them in a time like this where everybody’s so divided and it’s so dark. It means a lot.
On What She Learned Working With Oprah, Reese & Mindy
I just learned from each and every one of them constant graciousness, because they are just so, so amazing and so empowering. They’re these A List stars, but they don’t act like it. They are so grounded and so humble. I just love them. And Miss Oprah told me, “Don’t waste energy on things you can’t change in life, when you can be using that energy on something positive in your life.” They’re just all so great and I’m glad that I have them in my corner to pour into me and just be around me, ’cause they’re amazing women.
Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself.
Without giving away any spoilers, there is a scene in the film where Meg is “tempted” with becoming a more popular “bad girl” version of herself. here are her thoughts on filming that particular scene:
I feel like it had a deeper message in that scene for me, I think young girls not to conform to what society wants you to be and what society thinks you should be or how you should look, because you’re perfect just the way you are. And you have Meg, who is doubtful about herself and doesn’t love herself at the time. And you have this perfect version of her with this straight hair and this crop top and all these lil’ trinkets and who is really pretty and is cute….
I feel like it was really fun to film, but it had a deeper message and I’m glad that I was able to kind of connect with that as a young teenage girl trying not to follow trends and trying to be unique and be myself. Also I feel like that will transcend to our audience, especially our young girls.
Did I not tell you? Storm Reid, from her answers to the way she presented herself, truly has an awareness and insight well beyond her years. I was impressed, I am impressed with her rising star. And when asked what she learned from playing Meg Murray her response was spot on, “I wouldn’t say I learned anything different, but I did learn that I am enough. Just being Meg and experiencing that and going through that journey with her, where she doesn’t feel that way about herself and she has to embrace the light from within to become that, it really helped me do the same and really reassure that I was enough. I am worthy of being loved, and I do have faults and challenges, but that can’t stop me.”
Preach Storm, preach! May life and Hollywood never dull your spark and confidence.