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A Wrinkle in Time star Storm Reid on embracing natural hair

PREMIERE: The cast of A Wrinkle In Time celebrated the film in London last night

LEARNING TO love who you are is a central theme throughout A Wrinkle In Time and Meg Murray, played by Storm Reid, the film’s breakout star, doesn’t just travel through space and time, she also goes on a journey to embrace her natural hair.

Reid, who is 14 years old, told The Voice how important the film’s focus on Meg’s struggle with her hair and her eventual love for it is.

“When I was younger I had Zendaya and I had The Proud Family, I had Shake It Up and I had a lot of shows that represented me. But looking back at it now and with me being older I feel like there wasn’t enough so to be able to be that for young girls that look like me – and just young girls in general – to represent them and know that they can save the world is amazing.

“To have Meg talk about her hair and embrace her hair is amazing and I feel like it will be empowering for young girls of colour who have curly hair.”

Meg’s journey of self-love was a key element in the film, directed by Ava DuVernay, who spoke about her similarities with the fantasy adventure film's protagonist.

“I started as an independent filmmaker so I never had to go into rooms where I wasn’t wanted. I used my own money to make my own films and I did that for my first five films until they started to invite me to the table.

“There are all kinds of ways, different paths to be what we want to be – mine was the independent route and it worked for me. It’s given me the confidence to know that I can follow my own heart with the stories that I tell. I’m not authenticated by the outside, I’m authenticated by the light inside of me and that’s the movie’s message and that’s the same thing that Meg is going through.

“I really feel that this is a dark, divisive time that we’re in – politically, culturally, so much going on. We want to remind kids that they can be the light.”

The cast of Disney’s highly-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book of the same name graced a blue carpet at London’s BFI Imax cinema last night before taking part in a Q&A prior to a screening.

DuVernay and Reid were joined by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

The Q&A was in association with The Female Lead, a non-profit campaign to make women’s stories more visible, founded by data science entrepreneur Edwina Dunn.

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