For our “Because I’m a Lady” series, we sat down with A Wrinkle In Time’s Storm Reid to chat about the film, her acting journey, and personal style.
When did you know that you wanted to be an actor?
I started acting when I was very, very young. I started when I was three. And it was actually my idea … I went up to my mom and told her I wanted to be on TV and I wanted to be a “stuper star.” [laughs] So, with all that said, I don’t really think that three-year-olds are calling out what they want to do for the rest of their lives, so I really think it was really my calling, and my destiny, and something that I was meant to do.
What is your favorite thing about your character Meg?
I love that Meg is peculiar; peculiar in the sense that she’s a little awkward, she’s nerdy, and she doesn’t know how great she is, but everyone else sees it. So, to be able to have her go on this trip around the universe, to only [have her] realize that she is beautiful, she is smart. She embraces the light from within to fight the darkness and save the world.
You got to work with everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Rowan Blanchard on this film. What was your experience like working with inspiring women of all ages?
I don’t look at Ms. Ava [DuVernay], who is the director of the film, and Rowan, and Ms. Oprah, and Ms. Reese [Witherspoon], and Ms. Mindy [Kaling] as just actresses [or just a director]. They are so much more than that, and they have so much passion and humility for the industry, and for the world. They want to make the world a better place. So, to be able to have them as actors in my corner, and to be able to work with them and share the screen with some of them was really cool. On a personal level, as a young person growing up in such trying times, I’m glad to have them.
Did working with Ava DuVernay inspire you to pursue opportunities behind the camera as well?
Yes! I want to be a future filmmaker, so being able to see her journey – she didn’t go to film school, and she considers that she started directing later than other people do, and she was just self-taught, and it was something that she had a passion for. It’s really inspiring, so I’m glad that I’m able to maybe get the opportunity to shadow her and follow in her footsteps.
What is something you learned about yourself in playing Meg?
I learned that I can embrace the light from within myself to not only help me, but help my community, and help change the world. And I’ve always been outspoken, and [used] my voice, and been confident, but I feel like Meg sparked something within me to be more confident and love myself more.
If you could pick one of the Mrs.’s outfits to wear, which would you choose?
I would say I would pick – because you know every planet we hop to, they change outfits. They were such fashionistas [laughs]. I would choose Mrs. Whatsit’s outfit when we land on Uriel, because I mean that outfit turned into a creature where she was able to fly. And I think it would be really cool to be able to have a cute outfit on and be able to fly at the same time.
Would you say your style is similar or different from Meg’s?
Can I say in the middle? [laughs] I would say in the middle, because Meg’s style is very chill, and lowkey, and comfortable, and I love to be chill, and lowkey, and comfortable sometimes. But, I also love to stay on trend, and I like to have a cool bag or have some cool shoes and mix like Gap or Forever 21 within it. So, I feel like I have a good balance in fashion.
What would you say is your fashion philosophy?
Well, I feel like my personal style is forever changing, and it will forever change with the events that I’m going to. And as new trends come about, I always have to be comfortable wherever I’m going, whether that’s on the red carpet, or just like hanging out with friends. I feel like my style is unique and everybody’s style should be unique as well.
Which Disney character do you think your most like and why?
I would say Princess Tiana, because she was the Princess that looked like me, and I could relate to her. She’s from the South, I’m from the South, and she loves to cook, I love to cook. And I feel like she had an amazing style, and she’s just like a cool, chill princess [laughs].
What piece of advice would you give to an aspiring actor?
I would tell an aspiring actor, just a young person that is growing up, that they can do anything. And whether you want to act, or you want to go to the moon, you can do so, and you can’t let anyone tell you any differently. Of course, you have to stay a good person and stay grounded, but it’s also important to know that you can do anything and love yourself.
A Wrinkle In Time is available now on Digital and Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray June 5.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.