I’m back with another exclusive interview from the #WrinkleInTime press event! Watch out world – Storm Reid is here to stay! She is Meg Murry in A Wrinkle In Time, and does an excellent job portraying a brave little girl on a mission to find her father. We sat down with the young star to discuss her role in the film alongside Oprah, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own.
Meg Murry – A Wrinkle In Time
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. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.
Storm Reid Interview
We asked Storm how she feels about being the next generation multicultural heroine. She shares, “It means everything 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 wanna have and they can do anything, no matter their big hair or their big nose, as people say, or their glasses or their skin tone. 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.”
In A Wrinkle in Time, Meg is left with a gift from each of the Mrs. W’s. We asked Storm what she learned by working with Oprah, Reese, and Mindy. She said, “So, they’re all so great and I just learned from each and every one of them constant graciousness, because they are just so, so amazing and so empowering. And they’re these A-List stars, but they don’t act like it. And they are so grounded and so humble. And I just love them.
Adding, “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. So, they’re just all so great and I’m glad that I have them in my corner to pour into me.”
We also asked Storm to share a bit of the process from start to finish on playing her role as Meg Murry. Storm shares, “I think it took a month to audition and then another month to find out when I booked it. But it was an amazing process, and then the journey filming it, with it being my first lead role and shooting the movie for six months. I’ve been acting for 11 years. It was different, but I learned so much and I had the best time. And to be around such amazing, powerful women and people to kinda lift me up and empower me and we could do this together and share a screen with such talented people at the same time was really amazing.”
In the film, there’s a particular scene where Meg is tempted by a bad girl version of herself. We asked Storm to elaborate on her thoughts. She mentioned, “it was really fun to film, but I feel it had a deeper message in that scene…I think, for 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. But Meg chooses herself over this perfect Meg, because she is realizing that she is enough and that she is worthy of being loved just the way she is.”
We also asked Storm if she learned anything about herself while playing Meg Murry in A Wrinkle In Time. Storm shares, “I did learn that I am enough. Of course, my mom taught me that and instilled that in me, and I’m pretty confident. But 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 reassure that I was enough and that I am worthy of being loved, and I do have faults and challenges, but that can’t stop me. So, I feel like that was the biggest lesson I learned, and I say that me and Meg grew together.”
Without giving too much away, we asked about a particular scene between Storm and Chris Pine, who plays her father in the film. Storm had so much raw emotion and we asked what helped her prepare for that moment. Storm said, “So, thankfully my father hasn’t been missing for four years [LAUGHS]. But really with all the situations Meg is going through I really had to step in her shoes and become that and kinda put myself in those situations. So, I had to just imagine my dad being missing for four years and I go on this tumultuous journey to try to find him…..How could you not feel that?
Adding, “And then Mr. Chris was so great and he was so focused, and you could really tell that he had that connection as well with Meg and Dr. Murray. So, he helped a lot.”
We also asked Storm if she could Tessar anywhere in the world, where would she go? She mentioned, “There’s so many places. But I think I would like to go the past during — with my knowledge as Storm, and go back into the Civil Rights Movement and just see how I would deal with that and cope with that now and come back and see how I could kind of change the future, because I feel segregation and inequality is still going on.”
And finally we asked if there was anything the Mrs. W’s said or did that resonated with her. She shared, “With Mrs. Whatsit saying – when we are doing the gift exchange – she said ‘I give you your faults’ was really powerful to me, because she’s basically saying, you have your faults. They’re staying with you and you have to accept them. I think everything Mrs. Which was just so powerful and so wise. And then Mrs. Who, it really moved when she gave me her glasses in the movie and she was like you could use through a moment of peril where you can’t see anything. And it kinda relates back to me like faith. You can’t see what’s gonna happen in your future and you don’t know what’s going to be in your future, but as long as you have faith then you can move forward and do something good with that.”
Storm is so sweet and respectful. I think all of the moms in the room just wanted to go give her a big hug! It was such a fun treat to speak with her and see how’s she grown through this film.
A Wrinkle In Time opens in theaters this Friday, March 9th! See the trailer below:
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