’80s teen queen Molly Ringwald now plays ‘Teenager’ mom


When she was acting as a teenager, Molly Ringwald had no idea her movies, including “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink,” would still be popular decades later.

“I don’t think when you’re a teenager you think all that much about the future,” Ringwald said.

The famous redhead stars as Anne, the mom of a 15-year-old who also didn’t think about the future, in “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (premiering Tuesday night at 8 on ABC Family).

In the pilot, Anne’s daughter Amy (Shailene Woodley) discovers she is pregnant after an ill-advised one-night stand with the school’s resident bad boy.

“It is kind of the perfect show for parents and for kids,” Ringwald said. “I have fans who are my age, and I also have fans who are the same age as the kids of my fans. I hope people will relate and discuss things, but it’s great entertainment, too. I don’t think it has to send a message. I think people will get out of it what they will, and it’s not up to me to make them think anything else because I’m just an actor.”

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