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

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