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?
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!
Look at the Weetzie outfit!
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?
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!
Especially with PINK HAIR!
Quintessential Weetzie: Scarlett Johansson channeling Marilyn Monroe.
I love Michelle Williams and she has great style!
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.
Chloe Grace Moretz is so beautiful. When I first noticed her she was a little young but now, she's the right age.
Elle Fanning is a favorite! Elgin has had some meetings with her for other projects.
Need I say more?
What do you think?