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Major Star Confesses Daughter Was Conceived At Studio 54



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  • Molly Ringwald shared her concerns about her daughter Mathilda’s acting career, highlighting the difficulties and pressures of the industry.
  • Ringwald posited that Mathilda was conceived at Studio 54 during her performance in ‘Cabaret’, suggesting a predestined link with the showbiz world.
  • Mathilda, now embarking on her acting path, has shown determination and autonomy, opting to go by her father’s last name rather than her mother’s famous surname.

Once the darling of iconic films such as “Sixteen Candles” and “The Breakfast Club,” actress Molly Ringwald now sees her 20-year-old daughter Mathilda stepping into the limelight. Mathilda is launching her acting career, a decision her mother initially had reservations about.

In a recent interview, Ringwald, 56, disclosed her early reluctance to let Mathilda start acting as a child. She stated, “We wouldn’t let Mathilda pursue acting when she was a child, because we wanted her to focus on being a kid. She was against this — she’s still kind of upset about it, but it was the right decision.”

“I don’t think that professional acting is a healthy way for children to grow up. It’s far too stressful and it’s uncertain whether the kids can cope. I began my first professional job at ten years old, and it was not easy.”

However, Mathilda’s persistence has led her to her first acting role in the Anne Hathaway-led film “The Idea of You.” Reflecting on her daughter’s journey, Ringwald shared a unique detail about Mathilda’s conception.

“I believe that Mathilda was conceived in the dressing room at Studio 54 at the end of my time playing Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’ in 2003,” she revealed. “It’s so typical of Mathilda to be conceived in such a legendary place.”

Ringwald and her now-husband, author and book editor Panio Gianopoulos, were not married then. Nonetheless, the couple warmly welcomed their daughter.

“My husband, Panio, and I were infatuated from the moment Mathilda was born. She arrived five weeks early, so she was on the smaller side, but her big, beautiful eyes were captivating. Even before she could talk, she had an incredible sense of humor and the best belly laugh,” Ringwald said. “I have recordings of her laughter, which I listen to when I need a little boost.”

Mathilda’s independent spirit is evident not just in her professional decisions but also in her choice to use her father’s surname instead of her mother’s.

Ringwald noted, “She chose Gianopoulos, her father’s name, over Ringwald. I asked, ‘Are you sure? Ringwald is so much easier to spell and it might open some doors.’ But she was firm.”


Ringwald also discussed the issue of “nepotism babies” in Hollywood, saying, “The notion of nepotism babies is absurd. Of course, if you have a parent in the industry, it’s something you’ve been exposed to and might be genetically inclined towards.”

As Mathilda steps into the spotlight, Ringwald has offered her advice on handling fame, saying, “I’ve talked to Mathilda about handling the spotlight, but everyone experiences it in their own way. Some people don’t mind living completely in the public eye. I’m not one of those people, and I don’t think she is either. We’re essentially a family of introverts who have learned to be more extrovert because of our professions.”

Mathilda echoed her mother’s thoughts in her interview, expressing her passion and her growing bond with her mother. “We may have clashed when I was growing up, but we also bonded over that. We’ve always felt more like sisters, and as I get older, we become closer and closer.”

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