Ava Duvernay's (Selma) first foray into big-budget blockbuster territory is a heartfelt attempt to ground a novel as ephemeral as Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time into some kind of reality and the result is.a big fat mess. "Can I tap into the 11-year-old, 12-year-old and 13-year-old in me, and find that light that I used to have, that dreamer?"
Born in Atlanta, Reid has been acting professionally since she was three. But A Wrinkle In Time is oppressive with the way it panders to its younger target audience (the film is rated PG), and it betrays what could have been its strengths.
Putting it diplomatically, "A Wrinkle in Time's" acting is terrible. This is an edited version of our conversation. It's like the universe had this in mind. Though in this case, I wonder if reading the book would have helped give me a better sense of what the movie was working with. It does not spend too much time bogged down in the hows and whys of the characters' supernatural abilities or otherworldly looks - these things just are.
The big screen master - who is in a long-term relationship with film writer Karina Longworth - said: "It felt right to have a diverse cast". Its biggest lesson isn't about overcoming flaws but about learning to embrace them and feel good about who you are. It was the like the United Nations.
"We're talking a lot about how girls of color will respond to Storm, but Caucasian boys will also be seeing seeds planted in the film", DuVernay continues. But there definitely needed to be more [roles for children of color]. "I got to really get in touch with when I was young and create that magic with this group of people", DuVernay said.
Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling play the ladies. And with a movie like this, you have to have the specific vision. Which (Oprah Winfrey). While some critics may take issue with the continuity of the story, I submit that perhaps it's not meant for us, and that's OK.
There's a powerful message about female empowerment, as embodied by the determined and soulful Meg, amidst the larger theme that in a universe of infinite possibilities, there is still a need to embrace the simpler things, like kindness and love. "When you have a baby, you don't necessarily know in the beginning that you're going to be up every three hours".
I just don't get it.
"She wrote: "'Star Wars' is not for me. She's so grounded. She has love and passion for what she's doing. She's insecure about her hair (especially when a white boy keeps calling attention to it) and just about everything else about herself. You know there's a saying you really judge a person when they get some power.
Q. How do you balance career with wanting to have a relatively normal teenager's life? I can do good in the world in a different way. I'm grateful for my family and my peers. "I could only think to this story". If they're having a bad day maybe they can go through my page and feel a little bit better about themselves. There's a reason so many of us rushed our youngest out to see the likes of T'Challa and Shuri in Black Panther, even if that box office titan wasn't technically age appropriate.