Brooke Shields and the team producing a new revealing documentary about her life received a standing ovation following the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2023. Appeared in ‘When Calls The Heart’, has worked as a model and actress since she was a young girl and quickly became a household name in the 80’s.
The documentary is called Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, named after her first film – 1978’s Pretty Baby – which was widely criticized for showing child prostitution with Shields as a nude, teenage sex worker. In the documentary, Shields speaks with director Lana Wilson about the pressures of growing up objectified under Hollywood’s microscope, speaks candidly about past relationships and public arguments, and reveals for the first time details of a sexual assault she suffered in her early 20s.
Documentary about Brooke Shields reveals secret attack by Hollywood filmmakers
in a (n Interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Shields, 57, said that when she agreed to take part in the documentary, she didn’t know what the focus would be and chose to simply answer Wilson’s questions honestly and provide archival footage when needed, with the confidence that she would tell her story with care.
“I’m not interested in celebrity issues. What interests me is how fame can amplify and overload relatable issues,” Wilson told the outlet. “[Brooke’s]life has been extreme and utterly unique, but her experience of being a woman in America is terrifyingly relatable.”
As Wilson addressed Shields’ experiences of sexualizing her in the media as a young girl – from being expected to film nude scenes to being labeled “kid who drives men crazy” in a magazine at the age of nine – , she also brought in academics and sociologists to provide context and insight into Hollywood’s age-old tradition of objectifying young women.
“Early on in the process I was very withdrawn, selfish and emotional,” Shields told The Hollywood Reporter. “This shouldn’t be a review of all (career) highlights. This is actually something bigger.”
At one point in the documentation according to USA Today, Shields tearfully reveals for the first time that she was raped by an unnamed filmmaker in her early 20s. A man she thought was trying to help her return to acting after graduating from Princeton University in 1987 lured her back to his apartment, where she said she thought they would continue talking about her career.
“It was like wrestling,” says Shields, describing the attack in the documentary. “I was afraid I would be suffocated or something, I didn’t know. I was replaying the scene in my head, so I didn’t fight that much…I just froze. I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out.’”
Shields told The Hollywood Reporter that when Wilson asked questions about her complex past, she decided to tell her secret and finally felt able to after decades of therapy.
“I had no idea I was going to say that,” she recalls. “I thought I’d arrived at this place and as a mother of two young girls, I hope that just by hearing about my incident I can help to become a lawyer. Because this happens every day and it shouldn’t happen. I felt like I had arrived at a place where I could talk about it. It took a long time.”
Brooke Shields opens up about men she’s made headlines with over the years
In the new documentary variety reported that Shields also doesn’t shy away from speaking out about famous men in her life, including her failed marriage to tennis star Andre Agassi, who she says was just as “controlling” as her alcoholic mother and manager Teri Shields, and has been incredibly jealous amid its popularity her sitcom Suddenly Susan.
Shields also addresses her complicated friendship with pop icon Michael Jackson, saying they are both “very childish,” and opens up about the very public falling out she had with Tom Cruise in 2005 while writing for her book Down Came the Rain: My Journey” advertises Through Postpartum Depression.”
While conducting interviews for his then-own project, the action film War of the Worlds, Cruise — one of the most famous members of the Church of Scientology who Variety reported is “averse to therapy and prescription drugs” — publicly attacked Shields , who called her “dangerous” for promoting the use of antidepressants.
In the documentary, Shields – who shares two teenage daughters with her husband Chris Henchy – calls the incident “ridiculous.” According to Variety, the Sundance premiere audience exploded in applause when the film featured a New York Times op-ed entitled “What Tom Cruise Doesn’t Know About Estrogen,” and again when Shields’ friend, actor Judd Nelson, followed through on her line reminded Die Zeit, “Tom Cruise should stick to fighting aliens.” According to CBS News, Cruise later personally apologized to Shields for his actions.
During a Q&A after the documentary premiered, Shields said it was important to her to be as honest as possible about anything she was asked during filming, according to Variety.
“I’ve always made it an important part of my journey to be as honest as possible. Not just to the outside world, but to myself,” Shields said. “I didn’t want to be closed. The industry I work in is preparing you to be shut down. I didn’t want to lose there.”
The two-part documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields has several more screenings at Sundance this week and will air on Hulu sometime in 2023.
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