‘Wrinkle In Time’ Star Storm Reid Gets Exclusive
At only 14, A Wrinkle In Time star Storm Reid has the world in her hands and millions of bright-eyed girls across the universe looking up to little ‘ole her. Bursting with bubbly energy and larger-than-life curls, she’s perfect as “Meg” in Disney’s visually spectacular Fantasy adventure that dares you to find your inner-light and flourish in the face of darkness.
We caught up with the totes adorbsy teen who celebrated Dr. Seuss Day by delivering 150 books to an Atlanta-area Elementary school before sitting down with us to gush about her soon-to-be movie of the moment, Ava DuVernay’s creative magic and more in a warm and fuzzy afternoon chat.
What was it like working with Ava DuVernay?
“Working with Ms. Ava was so amazing, such an amazing opportunity. She’s so hard-working and so beautiful and so smart and she’s not just a director in my eyes. She’s a monumental woman who makes sure everything is right throughout the movie so I really respect her”
What was the biggest challenge working with her? Was she hard on you, did she push you?
“She did push me and I feel like she pushed me to greatness but she didn’t push me in any terrible way. I don’t really think there were any challenges working with Ms. Ava. I had such an amazing time and it was such an amazing opportunity to work with somebody so strong and so respectful and admired so I’m really glad that I got to work with her”
Now, Ms. Oprah–What was it like meeting her and working with her in the way you did in the movie?
“Yes, OMG. Meeting her was like I was pinching myself and when I walked in the room she was like (*sings*) ‘STOOOORM’ and I was like Oh my goodness she knows my name–meeting her was very nerve-racking but we had the best time and then working with her we just became a family and she’s so great and so gracious and humble and grounded and she’s so talented as well so to be able to work with her from a kid’s standpoint where I just admire her and then from an actor’s standpoint and being able to share a screen with her was amazing”
How did you get started in your career? You started so young and did so much so soon…
“I started when I was 3 and it was solely my idea and I asked my mom if I could be on TV and told her I wanted to be a stuperstar *laughs* so that’s how I started and my mom was like ‘OK, as long as you’re having fun and you keep school first and God first you can do it!’ and I’ve been doing it every since and I feel like it was really my destiny and my calling for me to do so and I’ve had such a blessed career”
How did you get attached to the project? Did you have to audition? Did Disney call you? How did it all come together?
“I had to audition and it was a long, stressful audition process but I had the best time and I learned so much so it took about a month to audition and took about another month for me to figure out that I got it”
Bossip: 2 months???
“Yesss, two months. It was a long two months but it paid off so I’m grateful”
Your little brother in this movie is incredible… can you talk about Deric (McCabe) and how you built your chemistry?
“I feel like we have such a beautiful chemistry and we got three weeks to bond and get to know each other before we started filming which really helped and he basically became my little brother and I’m very protective over him and I love him to death and he’s just so full of life and he’s so great and like you said he is so talented and I’m so very proud of him that he got to represent the little Filipino kids out there”
You did a lot of scenes with CGI/VFX special effects, what was it like filming those scenes? How did you prepare to do those?
“It was very challenging but Ms. Ava did an amazing job with making sure we were familiar with the stunts and like you said the FX and CGI before we started filming so that once I got the hang of it–it took a little bit–but once I got the hang of it, it was so much fun and I’m glad that I got that learning experience and that education so I can maybe take it on to my next film”
What would you want to do next?
“I hope I get to keep on playing roles where I play young, strong women of color–African-American women–who have an actual story and depth within them but are still trying to save the world in their own right and trying to be the light for the people around them and hopefully for the audience. I would LOVE to be in a superhero movie but I know what’s meant for me will be so I’m just going with the flow right now”
At 14 you’re about to be a role model to so many young girls… has it hit you yet? How does it feel to have so many girls your age looking up to you?
“YES, it has hit me and it’s so amazing that I get the opportunity to be a role model for them and I’m still growing up and I still have people that I look up to. I know it’s very important to have people make you feel like your dreams came come true so for me to be able to represent little girls who look like me–and all the little girls and boys–to just let them know that they can do anything and that they can do the impossible because nothing is impossible so it’s a blessing”
What’s the craziest, funniest or wildest thing that happened on set?
Yes! We were on set and we had finished filming a long day in New Zealand and we had our wrap party and Ms. Oprah started making drinks for the adults but she’s the life of the party and her dancin’ around and doing the Cupid Shuffle and just interacting with everybody.
YES, she’s just a normal lady who loves to party so she’s the light for all of us.
Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time enchants theaters this Friday.