Weetzie Actresses Through The Years

Since before I published Weetzie Bat, I've been imagining who might play her in a movie version. This process has spanned almost three decades, since the book was completed in 1986. Here is a glimpse into some of the actresses I've imagined in the role. Who do you vote for?

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The day Weetzie came out in 1989, I had a big party at the Ankrum Gallery on La Cienega where I worked as an assistant to the owner Joan Ankrum. My dad had shown his paintings there and I'd been coming since I was born. Before the party, I went with my mom and my boyfriend to The Source vegetarian restaurant on the Sunset Strip. As we were entering, we saw Ellen Barkin, Rosanna Arquette and her then- lesser-known sister, Patricia Arquette with her baby Enzo leaving the restaurant. Patricia had short blond hair and she and Enzo wore matching leprechaun beanies. I knew Patricia a little because she frequented Grau, the store on Melrose where I worked a second job at the time. I asked them all to sign autographs "To Weetzie." They obliged and Patricia flashed that gorgeous, vampire-toothed grin. She was so Weetzie in my mind! Four years later she made True Romance and confirmed my suspicions: she would have been perfect!

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Look at the Weetzie outfit!

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Who could forget this face? When I saw Winona in Beetlejuice, Mermaids, Edward Scissorhands, Heathers and Reality Bites I knew she could play Weetzie. Her pixie face, doe eyes and ethereal quality made her a very good choice for the role, don't you think?

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Drew has always been a popular (maybe the most popular!) choice for Weetzie. She's a natural flowerchild with beauty, brains and that magical twinkle that would have brought so much to the role. We love you, Drew!

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Especially with PINK HAIR!

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Quintessential Weetzie: Scarlett Johansson channeling Marilyn Monroe.


I love Michelle Williams and she has great style!

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I met with Juno Temple and gave her some pink flowers. She has a Weetzie soul and I adore her.


People give Kristen Stewart a hard time but I personally love her. She would have to bring out the energy she showed as Joan Jett in The Runaways rather than her usual calm, mysterious, inward quality.


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Chloe Grace Moretz is so beautiful. When I first noticed her she was a little young but now, she's the right age.

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Elle Fanning is a favorite! Elgin has had some meetings with her for other projects.

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Need I say more?

What do you think?




  • Super User Monday, 17 August 2015

    I could see Winona playing Witch Baby or Vixanne but not Weetz.....Drew would be perfect but I also have always thought of P!NK (Alecia Beth Moore) as very much Weetzie. It's hard to really see kristen stewart in any role but if I had to pick I think she'd be good for cherokee bat if they make a Goat Guys movie.

  • Super User Wednesday, 19 August 2015

    I have always thought that Emily Browning, with her blonde hair, would be a great weetzie. She's petite, can play a wide age range and can even sing plus she is an amazing actress.

  • Super User Monday, 24 August 2015

    My brother's girlfriend and I are talking about how this book is being made into a movie and we're super excited, but wondering how you're going to avoid cultural appropriation with Weetzie's headdress? Any fun ideas?

  • Super User Thursday, 17 September 2015

    I was also wondering about the headdress.....as a kid I never noticed it because back then I didn't know what cultural appropriation meant, but now its the ONLY thing about the books that ever had a question mark in my mind.

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