As the Three Ladies of A Wrinkle in Time, Ava DuVernay’s new adaptation of the 1962 summer reading list staple, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey worked extremely closely with one another. Which means Witherspoon and Kaling had the chance to ask the woman otherwise known as America’s Mother Goddess (she prefers “Sister Goddess,” FYI) “a billion questions.”
At the film’s Los Angeles press day, we asked Witherspoon and Kaling for the best knowledge they had dropped on them from the iconic O.
“How to make a margarita,” Kaling cracked (watch above). “Listen, the things that she says, the anecdotes that she tells you, can open up your whole mind to [all] your experiences. But I will say, her margaritas are pretty amazing.”
She also makes killer homemade truffle popcorn, according to Witherspoon and co-star Chris Pine. But there was one little nugget of insight from Winfrey that resonated most with the Big Little Lies star. “Something beautiful she said to me: I said, ‘What was the thing that you learned the most on The Oprah Show?’ And she said, ‘Everybody wants to be seen.’”
To Witherspoon, it relates perfectly to Wrinkle, for which DuVernay reimagined the main character of Meg Murry as a teen of mixed race.
“If you talk about this movie in that perspective, little girls have always looked the same way on film, and mainly it’s little boys starring in movies,” she said. “So seeing a little girl who’s a person of color at the center of this huge Disney movie is profound. And people want to be seen.”
A Wrinkle in Time is now in theaters.
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