Remember last year when Blake Lively admitted, “When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack” to WWD? Well, she has company. Sort of. In the February issue of Los Angeles Confidential, Shailene Woodley, 20-year-old costar of The Descendants, was asked to name the first film that affected her as something more significant than mere entertainment. Her response: “Some movies have made me cry; some movies have made me laugh, but I’ve never thought, Wow – if it weren’t for that movie, I’d be a different person. Except Pocahontas. It’s true! If you listen to the lyrics they actually have incredibly valuable lessons for human beings to learn, and whenever I need a pick-me-up I just watch Pocahontas.”
Now if you think I’m judging them, I’m not. I recall listening to Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” with my new roommate on our first night in our college dorm as freshmen (though it was her idea). I just like the idea of these young women who must feel some kind of pressure to be R-rated because they’re attractive and want to be seen as adults busting out their G-rated faves. And, I’m genuinely fascinated by anyone who would choose to hear “Colors of the Wind” repeatedly: “Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon/Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?”*
Any other adults use a Disney film for a pick-me-up? God, I want to watch The Little Mermaid right now.**
* Also, it makes me feel old.