Brit Marling Has A Lot of Thoughts About She-Ra: Princess Of Power
When it comes to television, Brit Marling has some strong feelings when it comes to "My So-Called Life," "20/20," and "She-Ra: Princess Of Power." Here, "The OA" actress lets it all come out.
Released on 7/18/2017
Do you remember when they did the TGIF lineup on Friday?
It was like Family Matters, and what else
was in that lineup, Step by Step, Full House.
It would always end with 20 20, and I
was obsessed with that program.
Around the world and into your home,
the stories that will touch your lives.
With Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters,
I was obsessed with Hugh Downs, I thought
I was gonna marry Huge Downs for a really long time.
He was so dignified, like didn't it
just feel like everything was gonna be safe and alright
because Hugh Downs was gonna tell you
the important story you needed to know this Friday?
They don't do news like that anymore.
I was really taken with My So-Called Life.
I should have been taken with it when I was like a teenager.
I didn't find it until I was in my, like, late 20s,
and I was like Oo, this is exactly what life feels like.
Rayanne on that show, I thought, was brilliant.
She had this, I mean it was in braids,
and like the painted nails.
She was Claire Danes' best friend,
she was always getting into trouble.
She was living life dangerously, in the fast lane.
I appreciated that about her.
I had a crush on the whole situation.
I wanted to insert myself into that high school.
There's something about high school politics
that are appealing cause they're so distilled.
It's so obvious there, and then we
end up repeating all that stuff later.
Life is kind of just lunch-room politics,
all over again on a bigger stage.
We didn't know anything about what it was like
to be in high school now, because
we've both been outside that world for awhile.
So, we spent some time traveling around the midwest,
and we sat in the back of classrooms,
and we hung out with kids after their soccer practice,
and we went home with families to their houses,
and it was fascinating.
Social media has really changed that landscape.
And in some ways that are really beautiful,
and in some ways that are insane.
I mean, there are some kids who are so afraid
of being bullied on Twitter, this thing called sub-tweets,
which is where somebody writes something
about you nasty, but they don't tag you,
but everybody in school knows who's being talked about,
but the administration can't really figure it out.
Let me just take you back to the late-90s
when braces, awkward, skinny, strange,
and trying to run for too many organizations.
Like wanna be the head of the newspaper,
and the class president, and in the drama club.
No, I was like super nerdy.
I don't know if it was cute then,
I should dig up some photos for you of high school Brit.
Jordan Catalano would not have been interested,
neither would Rayanne, Rayanne wouldn't
have been interested either.
The first, like, serious kiss was at a construction site.
It was so good, it was in high school,
and it was late at night and we
snuck onto this construction site.
The building was like half-built,
and we went on top of the second floor,
and figured out a way to get onto the roof.
Just rolled around on that roof until we nearly fell off.
It was good.
It was definitely my idea.
I'm still waiting to meet the guy who it is his idea.
Let me know if you find any who are, like,
mmmm wanna go to the top of this construction site
and hopefully not get punctured by a loose nail?
When I turned four, I had a very serious
She-Ra Princess of Power birthday.
Speaking of television, and the power
of television, do you remember that cartoon?
She was like He-Man's counterpart,
but she was a warrior princess in her own right.
And she had, like, a white horse
and a shield, and a very intense sword,
and like a lot of blonde hair, and she
went like riding around saving the world
from imminent collapse or something.
She was great, and I had a birthday party,
in which I dressed up as She-Ra Princess of Power
and everybody who was invited to the party
could only dress up as other similar characters.
No one could be She-Ra but me, it's so bossy.
But, it was a great party.
If you look at the real outfit,
it's basically like a boosty A
with, like, diamond-encrusted thing,
and like a super short gold skirt.
And I'm like gold armbands, and a headpiece.
We had to invent a version that
was four-year-old appropriate.
Maybe I should do a She-Ra Princess of Party now,
and see if like just some He-Mans show up.