Storm Reid knew she wanted to be an actress since she was three-years-old. At the young age of 14, she has found herself at the helm of one of the most groundbreaking legacies, starring as a young black female in a major studio film, A Wrinkle In Time, surrounded by such powerhouses as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Ava DuVernay. We sat down with this talented star to get the intimate details on what it’s like to be on the verge of all your dreams coming true and the wisdom she’s gathered from the powerful women in the midst of this beautiful storm.
The Lady Loves Couture: What was it like working with Oprah, and did she give you any advice you would like to share?
Storm Reid: It was so amazing! She is so talented. You can see the passion and love she has for her industry. She’s so grounded and so humble, so it was just great to see that side of her. One of the most important things she told me was, ‘don’t waste energy on things you can’t change, use it on the things you have the power to positively effect.’ You can be having a fun conversation with her and she suddenly turns it into spiritual wisdom, or something much deeper. She told me that I can tap into my vibration from God, and then connect to the frequency that I’m getting from others in my life, and work with those vibrations together.
TLLC: Who Is your biggest fashion inspiration?
Storm Reid: My peers, my friends, and my mom. And I love Yara Shahidi! I think fashion is very important for expressing oneself. It’s good to have a balance between your own sense of style and then kind of adding the top brands. For example, I like to wear a dope pair of sneakers and then I throw on a Forever 21 jacket. For the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, we wanted something fun and rainbow and really bright. I also loved that it was a pantsuit. I think they’re so dope because they make women look even stronger than they already are. But the number one fashion rule I have is, always be comfortable! And it’s important for me not to care what people think.
TLLC: Why do you think A Wrinkle In Time is such an important film for our day and time?
Reid: It’s a very dark time right now, with a lot of tension, where opinions are clashing. I think this movie gives us hope and joy and reminds us of the power of being yourself. You don’t have to conform to what society demands. We can all come to the table with what we’ve got and be the light that fights against the darkness.
TLLC: What does it mean for you to be a part of such a groundbreaking film, cast as a young black girl for the lead in a big budget film?
Reid: It can be so hard to be a woman, and even harder to be a woman of color, so to be able to show young women that they can do anything they want to do, and be whomever they want to be in this world means so much to me. Especially being surrounded by such powerhouses on set. Women are here to stay and they can change this world, both in front of the camera and behind it.
TLLC: Speaking of behind the camera, what was it like working with Ava DuVernay?
Reid: She’s my director hero! Super-duper talented! I don’t just look at her as just a director, she’s so involved in so many deep aspects of the storytelling. She places such an importance on inclusion and representation, behind and in front of the camera. She let me put my own creative input into the film. It was my first time being the lead, and I hadn’t been able to put my own ideas in to such a degree, and she let me embrace and create my own Meg, while still keeping true to the script. I think it’s why the character of Meg was so relatable.
TLLC: How are you handling the whirlwind of attention that comes with being the star of such a monumental film?
Reid: It has been a whirlwind, but I don’t look at it like pressure or having a chip on my shoulder about it. I don’t really pay attention to the interviews or press that Im getting because this is what I love to do and this is my passion. I have a great support system and my relationship with God helps with that as well. I’m surrounded by people that love me for me, and they remind me the that they would still love me the same way if I wanted to do something else. This is something that we, as young girls, need to hear.
TLLC: What advice do you have for other young girls with big dreams?
Reid: Just keep doing what you love to do, having fun, and being a good person. And keep your relationship with God. Do the work. If you see something you want to do, you have to go out and do it yourself; the opportunity is only going to be there if you believe in yourself. What is for you is going to be for you.