Brooke Shields revealed on “The Drew Barrymore Show” that she received a call from “The Blue Lagoon” director Randal Kleiser after the release of her new Hulu documentary “Pretty Baby.” In the documentary, the supermodel and actress called out “The Blue Lagoon” for exploiting her sexual awakening when she was just 14 years old.
“They wanted to make it a reality show,” Shields says in the documentary about “The Blue Lagoon” and other films she made as a teenage actress. “They wanted to sell my real sexual awakening. The irony was that I wasn’t in touch with any sexuality of my own.”
“The Blue Lagoon” stars Shields opposite Christopher Atkins. The two actors play teenagers stranded on a tropical island who experience puberty together and fall in love. The film is one of several that Shields cites in the documentary as taking advantage of her at such a young age. Other credits include “Pretty Baby” by Louis Malle and “Endless Love” by Franco Zeffirelli.
During her appearance on “The Drew Barrymore Show,” Shields was asked if any of her directors had tried to contact her since the documentary’s release. Both Malle and Zeffirelli have since died, but Kleiser is still alive and reportedly tried to make contact.
“I saw his name on my phone and I was like, ‘Oh, what should I do?’ and I let it go to voicemail,” Shields said of Kleiser. “Because I said, ‘I want to see what the tone is.’ He wants to chat. I don’t know why, but I don’t feel like bringing any of that back up again.”
Shields added, “That’s not what it’s about. It was for these males who needed me to be in a certain category to serve their story, and it was never about me, it didn’t protect me. It was fun and endearing at times, but I was just there. I was a pawn, I was a piece, I was a commodity.”
Variety has reached out to Randall’s team for further comment. “Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields” is now streaming on Hulu.
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