Breakfast Club Cast Reunites 25 Years Later
Find out what Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy are up toBreakfast Club stars Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy reunited in New York City Monday to remember director John Hughes, who died of a heart attack at age 50 last summer.
The Brat Pack -- who haven't made a public appearance as a group since the Oscars last May -- reflected on the film and the state of their careers 25 years later. (The only one missing: Emilio Estevez, who played jock Andrew Clark.)
Ringwald says "Club" is still the definitive teen movie. "There’s been nothing to replace it," she told UsMagazine.com. "Until something comes along that can hold a candle to these movies, they will continue to be what they are." She has a few ideas where her character, good girl Claire Standish, would be today: "Maybe she’s been married a few times. Hopefully she's happy." Ringwald, who is wed to writer Panio Gianopoulos and currently stars on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," hasn't introduced her three kids to the flick. "My eldest is 6-years old, and my twins are 14-months, so I’ve got a little time."
Hall, who played nerdy Brian Johnson, credits Hughes with launching his entire career. "John Hughes gave me my start. I think that Hollywood always glamorized things and put things on a pedestal. John allowed us all to feel vulnerable. He was brilliant at using humor to get to that place," the actor -- who went on to star in "Edward Scissorhands" and "Weird Science" -- told Us. Hall, who is currently sober after battling alcoholism, is now producing and starring in thriller "The Aftermath."
Nelson is still reeling from Hughes' surprise death last August. "I can’t believe he’s gone," he said. "I always assumed we’d work together again on something." Nelson -- who currently has nine movies in the works, including one called Brookwood Sleazebags, which he is producing -- jokes that his character, bad boy John Bender, would "clearly be the principal of that high school!" 25 years later. "He knows a lot of what those kids are going though."
Sheedy admits she's very similar to her character, shy girl Allison Reynolds. "There was an awful lot of me in Alison." (If her character were a real person, Sheedy sees her acting off-Broadway or on stage as part of "cool dance performance groups.") Despite appearing on "CSI" and "Kyle XY," Sheedy, who overcame a sleeping pill addiction, says her favorite role is mom to 16-year-old daughter Rebecca. "[Motherhood] is so cool," she told Us. "It's pretty wonderful.