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Andrew McCarthy Explains Molly Ringwald’s Absence In New ‘Brats’ Documentary

Andrew McCarthy spoke about his new documentary, “Brats,” in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly published Tuesday.

McCarthy, a key figure in the iconic ’80s “Brat Pack,” has tried his hand at filmmaking with the new documentary “Bratz,” which explores the impact the notorious label had on its members’ careers. interview McCarthy spoke to Us Weekly about the process of making the film and how she got in touch with her former colleagues, including Molly Ringwald.

Ringwald, known for her pivotal role in defining cinema in the 1980s, chose not to take part in the documentary, forcing McCarthy to rely on archival footage to bring in her perspective.

“She said she would think about it, and that was it,” McCarthy recalled.

Ringwald’s presence in the film is already prominent through archival footage, but McCarthy acknowledges that her absence will be felt. (RELATED: ‘The Breakfast Club’ Star Confirms Daughter Was Conceived in Studio 54’s Green Room)

“She’s very articulate and insightful about these things,” he explained to Us Weekly. “The Brat Pack is an interesting thing. It’s like an octopus, it has these long tentacles that you can extend and it feels like a hug or whatever. [else]”Everyone is at a different stage in life.”

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 07: (From left) Mike Kelley, Victoria Thompson, Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Jon Cryer and Leena Mehta attend the “BRATS” Premiere during the 2024 TriBeCa Festival at the BMCC Theatre on June 7, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TriBeCa Festival)

The term “Brat Pack,” coined in a 1985 article by David Blum for New York Magazine, quickly became a double-edged sword for actors like Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Jon Cryer, Demi Moore and Rob Lowe, who all speak in the documentary about how the label defined and limited their careers. McCarthy highlighted a shared sense of isolation within the group due to public misunderstandings of their personas, US Weekly reported.

“We all felt really alone in this, weirdly, because we interpreted it as one thing and the public interpreted it completely differently,” McCarthy told Us Weekly. “All anyone wants in life is attention, and all of a sudden we felt like we weren’t being noticed in a way.”