The Michigan Daily
Wednesday, March 4, 1987
actresses discuss careers
By Seth Flicker
In John Hughes' (The Breakfast
Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
latest film, Some Kind of
Ow Wonderful, Mary Stuart Masterson
and Lea Thompson play rivals.
Masterson is Watts, a butch-haired,
"I'll do what I want to" high school
student who will not bow to the
cliquish pressures of her fellow
classmates. Keith,Watts' best
friend, played by Eric Stoltz
(Mask), is head over heels for
Amanda (Thompson), the high
school's Ms. Popularity.
After Amanda's boyfriend flirts
one time too many, she defiantly
accepts a date with Keith much to
Watts' chagrin for she is secretly in
love with him.
The relationship between
Amanda and Watts, known as
Drummer Girl, is a high school
clash of cultures. While Watts takes
out her unhappiness and anger on
the drums, Amanda buries these
same feelings in make-up and
"When you play the drums,"
expained Masterson, "you need to
be completely relaxed; completely
centered; be able to use, very
actively, four parts of your body in
a sort of specifically based tension
and interchange all these things and
:be able to improvise completely
:and be totally unprohibited while
still doing a very technical thing.
Watts works like that. She's had a
lot of obstacles in her life, technical
things to overcome like...no
.parents to speak of, being different,
thinking differently, not being
- accepted, having a different outlook.
Drums are confrontational just like
she was confrontational."
Masterson glows like a 200 watt
) bulb. She emits a radiant charm and
exudes a warmth so strong that you
,want to embrace her. Masterson's a
tease. She is as extroverted as can
be yet she doesn't lay it all out on
the table. You sense, through her
wirey, figity body or her deviated
glances, that she is not telling all.
She's hiding something; keeping it
to herself. You can also see this in
treat you like meat but if you want
to express truth this is how you can
"I spent a lot of years not doing
it professionally because they said
that they wanted to 'protect the
and every time I had a problem with
something, they would help me
"I sort of landed in this
wonderful position; this fortunate,
wonderful, lucky star postiton and I
by fourteen had joined a
professional dance company.
"I love my family a lot," said
Thompson, "and my brother was a
dancer. My mother, actually, when
she was pregnant with me was
doing a play. I had a lot of artistic
input and support and there is
something about being the
youngest one in the family (of five
children). I think you're more of a
show-off; more-nurtured or
But due to physical limitations
she turned to acting.
"To be a ballerina today, you
really have to have a very freaky
body. You have to have a back that
bends like this (bends her hand
back) and legs go over your head.
You have to just finally go, 'I've
stretched this body as far as it will
Thompson too is beautiful
though in a different way than
Masterson. Thompson's beauty is
soft and delicate but not fragile. Her -
versitilty is expressed through her
crisp voice and hand and body
movements. Her dancer's body.,
lends to pliability but her talent for
acting is even more pliable.
"My big break was probably All
the Right Moves because, all of a
sudden, in Hollywood, a lot people
were (saying), 'Who is this girl?'
when I got the part."
Perhaps the cornerstone of Lea's
career so far has been the box-office
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'I sort of landed in this
I didn't know if I had
earned it or not.'
- Mary Stuart Masterson
'If some one came up to
me with Howard the Duck
right now...I would still
all her work from Sean Penn's
girlfriend in At Close Range to the
spunky Brooklyn girl in Heaven
If not all her inner thoughts are
known, her roots in the film world
are. Mary Stuart is the daughter of
writer/director/actor Peter Masterson
(director of Trip to Bountiful) and
actress Carlin Glynn (Molly
Ringwald's mother in Sixteen
"They don't seem to know that
this is show business, they think
that it is show art and they're
artists. So, I grew up with very
pure ideals but never any rose-
colored glasses," said Masterson.
"They said that this is reality, it can
be disgusting and painful and they
talent' and keep me away from
Pampers commercials and things of
that nature beacause it's just
exploitive and unnecessary.
Education is the most important
thing but they always encouraged
me to grow as a person because that
is what enriched you as an artist.
They were always encouraging.
When I did decide to do it they were
very helpful and very supportive
didn't know if I had earned it or
not," continued Masterson. "I
struggled with that for a while. And
I finally relized that whether I had
earned it or not, from now on I
would have to. You can get in the
door but it's what you do in the
room that matters."
Thompson, as well, came from a
family of performing artists. At the
age of nine, she started dancing and
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