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- Diane Sawyer: When did u first have a sense of how you wanted to look?
- DV: Um... First time today or first time - when?
- Diane Sawyer: In your life. Were you always pleased by the way you look?
- DV: Good God, no. I should say not. I mean, you can't go around like a smug mademoiselle from about 7 years up. Mm-mm.
“So, I take a shower, thinking that will fix my head. The water from the shower steams as it flows down and turns my body red. It runs over me so hot that it takes all of willpower to stay under it, to stay still beneath it for as long as I can, but I do. I have to...I stand under the water until it washes every loose skin cell off of me and down the drain. After I prove to myself that I can take this scorching, I turn the faucet a centimeter towards cold and pick up the bar of Irish Spring soap. Their motto is, fresh and (whoo-whoo) clean as whistle, which is what I want to be, clean as a whistle.”— Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones (pg. 208)
I was reading this article on Zap2It and it’s all coming back to me now (~there were moments of gold and there were flashes of light~)
Anna Chlumsky was my kid hero when I was 6 to 8 years old. I was obsessed with My Girl and her character, Vada. My 6yo self wanted to be Anna so much, she had this angelic, ethereal, gorgeous doll face. I was living vicariously through her because she was so witty, smart and driven, she had a very faithful friend (Thomas J <3 ) and a great relationship with her dad.
On the second movie (which I think I watched even more times than the first one. Screw you IMDB, that movie was my life. Once again, I was 8), Vada went to L.A (for some reason I thought it was Florida!) to find more about her mom, on her own. I just thought that was so cool. And she met Nick, who was a cutie. (Also, what happened to Austin O’Brien?) . I cried loads when she sees that video of her mom singing “Smile”. IT IS SO MOVING.
Anyway, I pretended I was her all the time. Once my sister wrote me a letter as Vada, like she was my penpal. It was pretty neat. And not gonna lie, those movies gave serious expectations about first kisses. I thought it would be a magical moment and it really wasn’t. BUT I felt super happy for Vada, because she was living the dream.
Vada Sultenfuss- I mean, Anna Chlumsky grew up. And there she is:
When I saw her on 30 Rock (she was the other Liz, Floyd’s girlfriend, back on season 1) I totally flipped. I was like OMG VADAAAAAAAAAA. And smiled like a dork imagining how my 6-8yo would feel. Because she was went incognito after that movie with Christina Ricci, but apparently she is been doing work on off Broadway. These days, she is back on TV for the HBO Veep, with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. YAY I might take a look on that show for pure nostalgia moments. And also Arrested Development’s Buster. And it’s supposed to be funny and good.
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