Molly Ringwald: 30 Years Post 'Breakfast Club'

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Molly Ringwald played the role of The Breakfast Club's Claire Standish 30 years ago. Now the actress is looking back at her time in the film--the one that ultimately launched her very successful career.

Just 16 at the time, Ringwald's role as Claire could have been so many female high school students in the 1980s--no doubt one of the reasons the film was so successful. Just a year later, Molly Ringwald went on to star in the very successful Pretty in Pink, in which she starred opposite a very young and handsome Jon Cryer. Yes, that's the very same Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men fame.

Molly shared a Twitter post of the school in The Breakfast Club in honor of the film that was immensely popular three decades ago.

She also shared a tweet that included a photo of her with Pretty in Pink costar Jon Cryer.

Molly Ringwald has taken to concentrating on her music during the past couple of years. Fans might be surprised to learn that she hadn't planned on being an actress, but actually hoped to make it big in the music world instead. She released a cover album of jazz music in 2013, which includes Don't You (Forget About Me) which, although not a jazz tune, is a familiar one to fans of The Breakfast Club. She has even gone on the road performing cuts from her album, most recently in Stowe, Vermont. Interestingly enough, she had the following to say about the song--and her films--during an interview with a Burlington, Vermont publication.

"I try to distance myself in that I don't feel like I live in the past," she told the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press ahead of a concert set for Saturday. "I feel like I have to have respect for the past as well. I'm cognizant of the fact that those movies meant a lot and still do mean a lot to a lot of people."

She added, "I don't really talk about those movies that much. It's not really where I'm at right now."

So why was Don't You (Forget About Me) on the album then?

John Hughes, the beloved director of The Breakfast Club, died while Molly Ringwald was recording her album.

Do you feel old knowing that The Breakfast Club is 30 years old?

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.