My first introduction to my next interview subject came when I purchased a VHS copy of the John Hughes film 16 Candles from F.Y.E in 1999. I was 16 years old at the time, and I found myself being able to relate to a lot of the movie, despite the fact that I’m a guy. Liane Curtis played Randy, the friend of Molly Ringwald’s Samantha Baker, and her work was very funny. About a decade-and-a-half later, I befriended Liane on Facebook, and came to know more about her life. Deciding that she would make for an interesting interview subject, we spoke on August 30th, 2016. I hope you all enjoy getting to know this talented actress and singer as well as I did.
In my 12th grade music class, which was actually basically just an excuse to listen to music and watch videos while the teacher created patchwork textbooks with a copy machine and music books from the school library, I watched 1995’s Mr. Holland’s Opus one day. One character who stood out in that movie was that of Rowena Morgan, the singing prodigy who almost entices the title character (Richard Dreyfus) away from his normal life.
In the days when you could buy 80s movies on DVD individually from a store, as opposed to, at those same stores, multi-film packs that stripped the titles of extras, I bought quite a few titles from these displays. One of them was the 1984 comedy “Blame It On Rio”. I purchased it after having read about it in several books I owned, and the cast member who made the biggest impression on me was my next interview subject, Michelle Johnson.