The last Hollywood production to get a Vatican screening was the Angelina Jolie-directed war drama “Unbroken,” which has a strong spiritual component.
It unspooled last year at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Sciences for high-ranking Vatican prelates following its theatrical release.
Based on her own experiences at a Los Angeles junior high school, it provides a blistering insight into the interior emotional life of teenage girls, based note for note on Reed's own experience of drugs, divorce, cutting and cruelty: 'My boyfriend cried through the whole thing and then gave me hug.
Nikki Reed's boyfriend once asked her how she got the scars on her arms.
The 15-year-old spun a lengthy story about how she used to own a parrot that had attacked her. Months later he saw Thirteen, the Sundance award-winning film that the newcomer co-wrote and starred in.
“Silence,” which is based on a novel by Japanese author Shusaku Endo, is about two Portuguese Jesuit priests, played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, who must contend with various forms of persecution, including torture, while traveling through Japan to proselytize locals and track down their mentor, played by Liam Neeson.
While it’s not unusual for new faith-based films to screen in Vatican City for audiences largely made up by clergy, it’s rare for the Vatican to become the first place where an upcoming Hollywood release gets its first public screening.
This is not to be a typical interview for me or for her.
In the interests of disclosure, I tell Nikki Reed and I tell you, the reader, that I published, this year, Thin Skin, a novel inspired by my own teenage bout of self-mutilation.
From any other young starlet, this might be construed as a display of calculated free-spiritedness. She is such a genuine free spirit that at times she seems like a helium balloon in need of someone to hold the string. She is refreshingly un-put-together, wearing a purple leopard-print tank top and spray-on jeans - no designer loan, this, but the saved-for-knock-off wardrobe of an adolescent Angeleno. Evie Zamora, the anti-heroine of Thirteen whom Reed brings so blisteringly to life, is an amalgamation of all the teen temptresses Reed ran with (or attempted to run with, since much of the film documents the tests one must endure to be accepted by the cool gang) while she was at junior high school.
Reed's alter-ego is Tracy, who is inspired by her new friend to throw out all her Barbies, pierce her tongue and reject her mother, destroying her own sweetness as an act of rebellion.
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Everything changed when the iconic Oscar winner Holly Hunter came on board, not just in the anchoring role of mother but also as producer. A portion of the money even came from Working Title, the production company better known for lightweight rom-coms such as Notting Hill.