Molly Ringwald Remembers Being Fired At 12 Years Old: It ‘Was Kind Of Hard’

An essential part of any ’80s movie was Molly Ringwald but things didn’t start off all peachy for the actress.

In an interview with PeopleTV’s “Couch Surfing“, the “Pretty In Pink” actress retells the story of being fired from one of her first major acting jobs at only 12.

She was part of the “Facts Of Life” cast that began with a focus on different female characters at an all-girls school.

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The original plan was to follow the story of four girls, one of which was Ringwald’s character, until they changed direction.

Ringwald recalls being fired “which was kind of hard as a 12-year-old girl.”

“What they said is, they wanted something closer to Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair, they wanted something closer to her age, and I was too young at the time. I was a little bit of a different generation,” she added.

They gave her the choice to return as a semi-regular but “it was really hard and humiliating.”

Her mom questioned if she still wanted to be on the show when she chose to stop.

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Ringwald went on to have an extensive acting career, which includes “Sixteen Candles”, “The Breakfast Club”, and most recently “Riverdale”.

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