A Wrinkle in Time has become one of the most anticipated movies of the season. The movie, based on the 1963 sci-fi fantasy book by Madeleine L’Engle, chronicles the story of a 13-year-old girl who has a fantastical journey through the universe on a quest to find her missing father.
The lead actress, Storm Reid, is joined on the big screen by season veterans such as Reese Witherspoon, Mindy, Kaing, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, Michael Pena, and Oprah Winfrey. Recently the 14-year-old lead actress sat down and spoke to with the Chicago Sun Times to let everyone know that Winfrey is just, “…like a normal person.” Check out an excerpt of her interview below.
Q. Your name is Storm, and storms are such a big thing in the book and the movie.
A. I know, it’s so cool. It’s like the universe had this in mind. In the book and in the movie, it starts off as a “dark and stormy night.” Things are meant to be.
Q. You read this book on your own long before they were casting the movie, true?
A. Yes, I read the book in sixth grade for a book report, and then I got the part when I was in eighth grade. It was such a great book and I loved it, and I loved the character.
Q. If Hollywood had been casting a big-budget version of this movie in the early 1960s, shortly after the book was published, they probably wouldn’t have even considered such a diverse cast.
A. Yes.. It’s so amazing to have so much representation and inclusion within our film, not only within the cast but with the crew. It was like the United Nations. And going back to what you said about the book coming out in 1963 — Miss Madeleine [L’Engle], maybe she didn’t fully know she was making a book that was so inclusive and so representative… but I feel she did a beautiful job.