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!Continue reading