The 1998 Nancy Meyers remake of Disney’s beloved film parental net About a quarter century old. Lindsay Lohan’s unforgettable star-turned-turn as twins Annie and Hailey made her a household name. But even after 23 years, we’re still unpacking what a sexy stepmother Meredith Blake (played by Ellen Hendrix) was. In an interview with Insider, he enlightened us. We’re taking a look at what he said.
People hated Hendrix’s character for years
Upon the film’s original release in 1998, Meredith Blake was disgusted for a variety of reasons. She was a stepmother to two indecisive 11-year-olds (how dare she?) She was beautiful (nervous!) and she was successful in her career (what a narcissist!) The fact that she attempted to bond with There was no difference in the beginning of Kiya girls. She was hammering the structure of a long-broken family, which was hoped that the starry twins would magically heal. And clearly, she wasn’t sorry about it.
“It’s no crime to be young and beautiful, you know,” she says during a particularly prickly exchange with Lohan’s character. “And for your 411 I respect your father.”
The skeptical twins, Annie and Hailey, were separated in childhood after their wealthy parents Nick Parker (Dennis Quaid) and Elizabeth James (the late Natasha Richardson) separated. The two meet each other at summer camp and immediately hate each other. Their rivalry comes to a head, and their punishment is to spend time together. The Nemes become friends, and a plan is made to put their parents back together. Meredith Blake, Nick’s gorgeous fiancé, is the only thing standing in his way.
So naturally, they plan to humiliate her and get rid of her. Obviously, such screwball schemes don’t work in real life; But in the romantic Disney landscape, parents reunite after a long separation, and people adopt 101 Dalmations at once. So Meredith is left in an awkward position. Young, beautiful, in love, and kicked out.
Hendrix says the younger generation identifies with Meredith
During a 2020 interview with Insider, Hendrix told her parent trap The character is now seen with a fresh perspective and a new perspective. But, she admitted, Meredith had up her sleeve. “She was weaponizing her femininity,” she told Insider. “She knew she could use her youth and beauty to get what she wanted.”
Today, potential stepmothers like Blake are no longer subject to the spiteful stereotypic tropes that populate old fairy tales and old Disney movies. And today’s audience is simply more developed. A strong and beautiful woman is less likely to be condemned and more likely to be persuaded to go after what she wants. Hendrix said that it is because the youth of today ‘own it’.
“It’s probably tempting these days to be unapologetic about it because this generation owns who you are, whoever you are,” Hendrix said. “Own it and be proud of it.”
Meredith Blake is a famous character now
Hendrix has publicly discussed his character on Twitter for years, referencing the film with cheeky lines and making fun of himself. But, she told Insider, Meredith Blake is enjoying a whole new set of fans. “People used to hate him, and now people love him,” she said. According to Hendrix, new appreciation for his character is long overdue; But she’ll still take it. After all, Blake never saw the character as an evil villain. “Finally, he’s getting his due,” Hendrix said.
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