Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit are beloved characters dating back to 1962 – but a new generation of audiences will now recognize them as Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon.
The stars of A Wrinkle in Time talked to Evening’s Kim Holcomb about making the movie, finding their “frequencies,” and their surprising celebrity crushes.
HOLCOMB: "I need a little bit of a moment. Does everybody need a moment when they're with Oprah?”
WITHERSPOON: “I need so many moments when I'm sitting next to Oprah. The things she just said to someone, I need to have someone record it and put it on a meme so I can share it on Instagram later.”
HOLCOMB: “When was the last time you were starstruck?”
WINFREY: “Let's see, starstruck. I don't know if I actually get starstruck. I have Mrs. Which's perception of the world, that we really are all the same... I was overwhelmed with the joy of doing Sidney Poitier's interview, (because I) grew up watching him. Diana Ross, because I wanted to be a Supreme. I had to cry myself out the night before doing the interview, cry cry cry, so I wouldn't make a fool of myself. And Nelson Mandela.”
HOLCOMB: “Just three names that most of us get an opportunity to interact with." (laughter)
WITHERSPOON: “I met JLo once. It was real overwhelming.”
WINFREY: “Remember that conversation you guys had in the trailer about JLo? A girl crush on JLo?"
KALING: “She calls her 'My JLo.'"
WITHERSPOON: “Oh yes, she's my JLo. I have my own personal relationship with JLo - I'm not sure she knows. But we would be sitting there gossiping about JLo and (Oprah’s) like, 'Oh, Deepak just texted me the most amazing thing.' (laughter) I was like, ‘Do you think JLo thinks about me as much as I think about her?’"
WINFREY: "I used to do that growing up with Paul McCartney. It's a true story that I grew up thinking I was going to marry Paul and one of the great disappointments in life is that I didn't.”
WITHERSPOON: “It could still happen.”
HOLCOMB: “There's still time.”
WINFREY: “No, there isn't time and it's okay now. But I was at the Kennedy Center Awards, honest to God this is a true story... who's seated next to me? (Paul.) I'm in my gown, he's in his tux, and he reached for my hand. I went, ‘This is the moment I've been dreaming of!’ And it wasn't a marriage, it was the Kennedy Center awards. Isn't that a wower?”
HOLCOMB: “That was a starstruck moment, maybe?”
WINFREY: “That's not starstruck, that's like out of my body!”
HOLCOMB: "The notion of finding your frequency, finding the right frequency, is a great theme in this movie. What is your best frequency?"
WITHERSPOON: "Oprah always talks about vibration and intention and calling things in, like Paul McCartney. (laughter) But in all sincerity, I think it's a beautiful film about believing in yourself, believing that good can really outdo evil, that there is so much darkness in the world and that we have to create light and rise above in order to find a better world for ourselves.”
WINFREY: “My frequency's kindness. My frequency's kindness and generosity. That is my vibe, baby, that is my vibe, I live in that vibe.”
KALING: “I think that now that I have a baby, my frequency has become quiet. Quiet, staring at her from 7:00 to 7:30am. And I'm not a very quiet person, and I don't have a very quiet lifestyle, and I don't spend my time with quiet people, so this is very new. This is very new, this new frequency, but I'm really enjoying it."
A Wrinkle in Time is now available on DVD.
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