Melanie Griffith: “No One is Going to Stop Me”

By: Mike Tuttle - August 17, 2014

After divorcing actor Antonia Banderas in June after an 18-year marriage, Melanie Griffith recently told Female First that she is excited about what lies ahead for her.

“Over the last years, I’ve devoted myself to my family, and that was it. But now, I’m completely free. So I’m determinate to do only what I want from now on, and no one is going to stop me.”

The celebrity couple cited “irreconcilable differences” for the reason for their divorce, but both agreed not to go into further details with the public.

“I have an agreement with Melanie, a pact,” Banderas told a Spanish website. “We have agreed to not talk or comment our divorce at all. That’s our deal and, therefore, I’m not going to say a thing about her.”

Now Griffith is looking to new possibilities, including her role in the new film, Thirst. In the 25-minute short inspired by true events, Griffith plays Sue, a woman suffering from alcohol addiction.

“I’m an alcoholic in a recovery phase, and I’ve been struggling with this problem for the last five years,” Griffith said. “So, obviously, I felt a special connection with this character.”

After her divorce from actor Steven Bauer in 1987, Griffith admitted to having problems with alcohol and cocaine and entered rehabilitation.

“What I did was drink myself to sleep at night,” she said. “If I wasn’t with someone, I was an unhappy girl.”

Griffith entered Cirque Lodge for rehab once again in 2000 for painkiller addiction, then again in 2009 for what her publicist called “part of the routine plan.”

Then, after several years without landing a major film role, Thirst, which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival this month, came along.

Griffth said, “I had a reputation with people in my industry as being a wild child, being a drug addict and an alcoholic. After being sober for five years, this part comes along and felt like if I could act it out and do it — not for anyone else, just for me — to do that harsh of a life of an alcoholic, I would be able to get it out. I did stop before I got to that point, but I could’ve easily been Sue.”

Now the 57-year old is staying active and enjoying life.

“I’m going to do a lot of things. I’m going to do Pippin on Broadway in January. It’s not about my career now. It’s just about finding great work and having a good time,” Griffith said. “I’m [also] going to do a movie with Bob Saget. This is a really out-there, silly comedy.”

Dakota Johnson, daughter of Griffith and first husband, Don Johnson, can be seen in the upcoming film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

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  • Yorkie mom

    Good for you, Melanie. Now please gain some weight.

    • jim bryan

      Her weight is fine!

  • Harry Mann

    I think that it is TERRIBLE the way people try to hold back alcoholics and drug addicts; good for you, Melanie.

  • terry

    Get down Mama!!!! U go girl!!!!!

  • Christopher Citty

    How about you just ‘live your life’, without the need to talk about it in the media every other week? I keep seeing her name, and all she’s talking about is the divorce, and how she won’t be held back. Then, move on, Melanie. Talk about something else, to prove you don’t want to be held back in the past.

    Have you, for example, done any work recently? Have a TV show to advertise, or a film project, or a commercial ad campaign you’ve been in?

    Because, if you keep bringing up this thing you claim you won’t be held back with, we will have no choice but to ‘move on’ for you.

    • Tboy

      The media does not want to know about anything else. Blame them. Anyone who has been married for 18 years and then immediately and relentlessly has the mic and camera shoved in their faces will react like a normal person. As far as I can tell, MG is not perpetuating this, the media is!

  • Jova

    Well said MG. May you have peace,tons of happiness and all the love you can stand.

  • Tboy

    Always had a crush on this lady, and earlier on her mom, Tipi Hedren. Hope for the best for Ms Griffith!

  • Chloe Smith

    Griffith sounds like a real loser. Banderas is better off without her.

    • Tboy

      Maybe you and Antonio can get something going (?)

  • Trip Trap

    “I’M GOING TO DO WHAT I WANT TO DO AND NO BODY/S GOIN TO STOP ME” FOR REALS??

  • Declan Murphy

    I just love it when she expresses interest in “what lies ahead for her”.
    Of COURSE she does. Her best work was always lying down(on her back).
    She is just another pitiful walking vagina who gets FAR more press exposure than she deserves. And mostly for her divorces and repeated substance abuse issues.

    I second all of what Christopher Citti” expressed, especially the part about “How about you just ‘live your life’, without the need to talk about it in the media every other week?”.

    She is yet another of the many, sad “famous for being famous” a la the Kardashian slimes. Pew !!! Will somebody PLEASE open a window !!! It’s getting rank in here.

    • Tboy

      She is NOTHIN like the Kard family. She actually has a professional body of work other than famous for being famous. Her mom may have helped her initially, but MG is not a bad actress. She has accepted some questionable roles, but a Kard she is not.