Euphoria star Storm Reid is just 17 years old, but she’s already made some major career moves, from playing the lead role of Meg in the all-star adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel A Wrinkle in Time to snagging the cover of InStyle — the youngest celebrity to ever appear on the coveted spot!
In the magazine, Storm not only poses in glam ensembles by designers like Givenchy and Miu Miu, but also opens up about her career thus far and how she’s planning to help make the movie industry more inclusive and welcoming to all. For Storm, A Wrinkle in Time served as a marker to show her just how important representation in film could be. “When the film came out, little girls would come up to me and say, ‘Thank you for allowing me to see a girl who looks like me save the world,’ ” she shared. “That’s when I realized my career was bigger than myself.”
The actor also addressed some of the negative responses she received regarding the casting. “Some people had problems with me playing Meg because they’d loved her as a Caucasian girl for so long,” she told InStyle. “They were uncomfortable to have that shift, but the only way to create change in our world is through people willing to be uncomfortable.”
The lessons she learned from A Wrinkle in Time have guided her career choices since. “The projects I choose to be part of are very intentional,” Storm said. “I see each one as an opportunity to have a progressive conversation and represent people and situations that are underrepresented. Young girls deserve to see themselves onscreen. Because how can you feel like you’re able to succeed when you don’t see yourself succeeding?” Together with her mother and sister, Storm co-founded a production company called A Seed & Wings, and one of the actor’s goals is to ensure more quality roles for Black performers. She cited the late actor Chadwick Boseman as someone she looks up to, and she hopes to use her influence to create projects that prioritize representation. “I’m really happy to be a young Black woman in the space I’m in — to be accepted, to be loved, and for people to appreciate my work — and I want to create opportunities for people who haven’t been given them yet. Ms. Ava took a chance on me, so why wouldn’t I take a chance on someone else?” Storm explained.
What’s next for Storm? She recently finished high school (via Zoom) and is now considering where she’ll go to college once campuses open up again. While she’s too young to vote in the upcoming election, Storm is taking voting seriously and using her platform to encourage her followers to vote. She’s also thinking about asking Beyoncé to collaborate on an episode of a new show, and calling her “bonus big sister” Zendaya when she needs guidance. “She’s so genuine, and whether I need advice about ‘growing up in Hollywood,’ as they say, or just advice as a teenage girl trying to figure out life, she’s always a phone call away.”
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