‘Are you there Lord? It’s Me, Margaret Abbey Ryder Fortson: I’m ‘honoured’ I was ‘chosen to play Margaret’ (EXCLUSIVE)


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millions of Gen X and millennial women have had Judy Bloom are you there god it’s me, margaret on his bookshelf at some point during his boyhood years. After more than 50 years, the bestselling novel finally hits the big screen abby ryder fortson Dear Margaret is playing. HollywoodLife WebMD spoke exclusively with Abby about stepping into Margaret’s shoes after Judy gave her blessing to make the film.

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Abby Ryder Fortson as Margaret. (Lionsgate)

Abby said, “To be honest, I’m very honored to have been chosen for the role of Margaret.” HollywoodLife, “Judy held Margaret very close to her chest for 50 years. I think when she was on set we all looked back nervously to see where she was sitting, did she like it or were we doing it right?” That was the most important thing. We really wanted to make her happy because Margaret was her baby, and then she handed her over to us. We were like, If nothing else, Judy has to love this.

Abby, whose stellar performance is a true breakout moment, admitted that she hadn’t read the book before being cast. “I’m such a big reader, but I think Judy Bloom and I miss each other,” she said. “I was super into sci-fi when I was younger, but as soon as I got an audition for it, I read the book. I was surprised by how much I connected with Margaret and how relevant it still is. I remember turning to my father and saying, ‘Oh my god, this is the experience. How did anybody write that in the ’70s?’ I loved it very much.

The now 15-year-old related to Margaret “on so many levels.” She continued, “Honestly, just all the emotions she goes through, all the weird stuff, all the journey of knowing myself as well as finding out that it’s okay to be myself. The role of someone like me It was really an incredible experience to perform.

When Margaret moves to New Jersey, she finds a new group of friends in her small town. Over the course of the film, Margaret begins to find herself and forge her own path. In the end, Margaret stands on her own and goes to dance with Laura at the end-of-the-year party, defying Nancy. HollywoodLife Abby asks if she thinks Margaret is friends with Nancy and the other girls as they move to the next grade.

“I think she definitely remains friends with Jenny and maybe Gretchen, but I think Nancy needs to do a little bit of self-reflection before she can be friends with Margaret again. Might have to do some meditation and work on your attitude a bit and learn to be nice to other people,” said AB.

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Rachel McAdams and Abby Ryder Fortson as Barbara and Margaret. (Lionsgate/Everett Collection)

While Margaret dealt with making new friends and getting her period, she also tried to have her way with religion. Her parents did not impose any religion on her, and Margaret explored various religions to feel which suited her best.

“I’m actually really happy now that we have the ability as kids to decide what you want to believe because it’s such a big part of so many people’s beliefs and identities,” Abby explained. HollywoodLife, “Religion is a big part of people and finding a community within a religion can be great, but it’s also great that it’s not forced on people who don’t want to believe in it. I think that’s very Good thing you can choose a lot now. I think we’re getting back to that belief that you’re able to choose what religion you believe in, and I think that’s really great. that we are moving in that direction.

The film takes you back to the suburbs of the 1970s. Abby wasn’t born until 2008, but there’s one aspect of the ’70s she’d love to bring back. “Yes, I have my thing which I love very much. It’s a rotary phone,” said Abby. “When you’re really mad at someone nowadays, and you just want to hang up on it so bad, but you want them to hear it, calmly pressing the end call button gives you the same satisfaction as just slamming the phone down.” doesn’t get it.” And they listen to it. It is very therapeutic. Maybe keep them around for a medical practice. It would be fun to do that.” are you there god it’s me, margaret Is in cinemas now.