Brooke Shields is not any stranger to controversy.

At simply 11 months previous, she starred in a cleaning soap advert and her profession shortly blossomed as a child star. But at age 11, she famously performed a child prostitute in 1978’s “Pretty Baby” the place she was filmed bare. In the film, Shields’ character grows up in a brothel and is auctioned off to the best bidder.

Previously as a 10-year-old, her mom Teri Shields, who additionally served as the star’s supervisor, commissioned photographer Gary Gross to shoot nude pics of Shields for the Playboy publication Sugar’n’Spice.

The momager confronted backlash for permitting her daughter to take on such racy roles, however it wouldn’t be the final time.


American actress Brooke Shields in ‘Pretty Baby,’ directed by Louis Malle, 1978. 
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Would Shields, now a mom of two daughters, enable her youngsters to look in a movie like “Pretty Baby”? It relies upon.

“In 1977, probably,” the actress advised The Guardian on Monday. “Now, I don’t know if I would. It was a different era.”

The 56-year-old advised the outlet she’s pleased with the movie and even wrote a thesis on director Louis Malle’s work in school. Like her mom, Shields grew up with a deep appreciation for European arthouse movies.

“I just don’t know if you could make that movie today,” Shields defined. “I guess you’d have to have an actress who was older, playing younger. I’m not quite sure what the rules are now. But I also wasn’t personally scathed by it.”

Brooke Shields and ‘Blue Lagoon’ co-star Christopher Atkins in New York City, circa 1980.

Brooke Shields and ‘Blue Lagoon’ co-star Christopher Atkins in New York City, circa 1980.
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Shields additionally didn’t really feel it was damaging to be uncovered to these themes at such a younger age.

“Not when you grow up in New York,” the star clarified. “I mean, it just takes five minutes to see – on the old 42nd Street – what prostitution was. And also I was very sequestered from all of it in my real life. I was a virgin till I was 22, so it was all pretend in my mind. I was an actress. I didn’t suffer privately about it.”

“… There’s something incredibly seductive about youth … I think it just has different forms and it’s how you survive it, and whether you choose to be victimized by it,” mentioned Shields. “It’s not in my nature to be a victim.”

Shields famous that she by no means “had a #MeToo moment” and her mom would even accompany her to Studio 54. The actress described how she grew up in New York – not in Hollywood – and he or she attended regular faculties.

Portrait of teenaged American actress and model Brooke Shields with her mother (and manager) Teri Shields (1933 - 2012), New York, New York, 1978.

Portrait of teenaged American actress and mannequin Brooke Shields together with her mom (and supervisor) Teri Shields (1933 – 2012), New York, New York, 1978.
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“I could just dance and have a really good time, and she would make sure I got home,” mentioned Shields. “I had school the next day. She protected me, like, nobody got near me. [She] had her issues, but I felt loved by her.”

A couple of years later, Shields starred in 1980’s “The Blue Lagoon” the place she and her on-screen love curiosity Christopher Atkins expertise love, intercourse and puberty on an island. Shields was 14 and spent most of her time bare, the outlet famous.

While Shields had a physique double for the intercourse scenes, the star beforehand described in her memoir how she and Atkins, who was 18 on the time, had been being inspired to fall in love for actual.

But trying again, Shields mentioned she has no regrets about being uncovered to fame as a child star. And she insisted the matriarch was by no means pushy.


Teri Shields and Brooke Shields at Studio 54 in New York City.

Teri Shields and Brooke Shields at Studio 54 in New York City.
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“She had this baby that looked this way, and that’s how we survived,” she mentioned about her mom recognizing her potential so early. “My looking a certain way paid the bills. I just loved the approval. And I loved working and I loved being on a set. We had fun, we traveled everywhere. So it wasn’t as if I felt the responsibility as much as, ‘Oh my God, we get to get a car. Oh, we bought a house. We bought another house.’ Like, if I do this, we get this. That’s the way it went for decades. As long as I was happy, we kept doing it. I never did something I didn’t want to do.”

Shields mentioned she has remodeled herself as a star and has taken extra management of her profession as an grownup. Her mom handed away in 2012 at age 79. Their relationship was chronicled in Shields’ 2014 ebook, “There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me.”

“The visual of a pretty girl falling on her face somehow is really appealing,” she famous. “That’s been in comedy for a long time; Lucille Ball was a beauty queen. My image went through so many different machinations. I mean, it was like, I was the Lolita, then I was the most famous virgin. Whatever anybody wanted to label me, as they did. Now I’m the depression person because I spoke about postpartum depression.”

Today, Shields continues to take on new roles. Most not too long ago, she’s starring within the Netflix movie “A Castle for Christmas,” which might be accessible for streaming on Nov. 26.


Brooke Shields attends Glamour Celebrates 2021 Women of the Year Awards on November 08, 2021 in New York City.

Brooke Shields attends Glamour Celebrates 2021 Women of the Year Awards on November 08, 2021 in New York City.
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The star mentioned that today, she’s focusing on tasks that actually converse to her.

“For the past almost 20 years, I’ve been coming more into my own,” she mentioned. “I don’t spend time with people I don’t want to spend time with anymore. I don’t spend time doing things I don’t want to do. I don’t make movies that don’t make me happy.”