An Actress's Take on All-Things-Screen

10 Thoughts I Had Watching Save the Last Dance (Again)

I saw it with my best friend last night. After a hiatus of 10 years. And it was epic. But…I know, I know; the question on everyone’s lips is….what did I learn?


ONE. That Juilliard was once an image of a shiny palace in a faraway land to me. And I seriously would have tried my luck, back in the day of the drama school audition process, if the fees weren’t $25,000 A YEAR for international students. Brrrrr. Sort it out.

TWO. Julia Stiles makes me think of my sister. I don’t know why and I don’t know how, but she always has done. Especially in 10 Things I Hate About You.

THREE. I used to feel like I was the only person in the world going through a hard time as a teenager – because of my parents’ awful divorce. But watching films like this reminds me that I wasn’t alone. And some people have it worse than you.

FOUR. I’m glad I didn’t have to walk though a metal detector at school (I wasn’t concealing weapons, just to clarify – it would have just freaked me out).

FIVE. What the hell is a Hungry-Man frozen meal.

SIX. I’m starting to sound like BuzzFeed.

SEVEN. I don’t want to work for BuzzFeed; can someone please give me an acting job.

EIGHT. Auditions are the worst. And audition-ers are evil.

NINE. Guns are bad.

TEN. Follow your dreams.


Go on, stick on a nostalgic film (i’m talking Bring it On, She’s All That, Cruel Intentions, Fast and the Furi….OK maybe not) and let the good times roll. Don’t do it alone. Grab your best mates and reminisce. It really can put things into perspective. And i’m all about how films affect our lives. How did it make you feel? What did it remind you of? Did you find it inspirational? What can you learn? How did you see it then, versus how do you find it now? Where were you back then and where are you now?


Watching this film reminded me of my dreams. That you’ve got to work hard. That shit does happen. That you can pull through. That you might not be a 17 year old anymore – but boy are you glad you’re not.

Sit. Watch. Dream. Repeat.

Oh and no – it’s not an Oscar winner. But it sure ain’t trying to be. Films are subjective. Watch what you enjoy. Take what you can from them. You do you.



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