I recently shot a wedding in Los Angeles, California and had the happy fortune of being able to stay with Megan (as in the Associate Publisher of the Empire) while in town. One night in the trip one of my all-time favorite movies Pretty in Pink came on, and I mentioned that it would be OMG AMAZING if we could go on a tour of all the places in the movie. It turns out that’s pretty easy to do… so we did it.
When it comes to movies, music, and celebrities that I love I’m an open, honest, unabashed fan girl. We also saw a hobbit (Dominic Monaghan) while I was in town, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never stop talking about it. I saw Pretty In Pink during my pretty formative teen years and Duckie (yes, even in all of his borderline stalker-ish glory) basically laid the groundwork for the creation of my Dream Guy prototype. I have much of the dialogue memorized, and there is never a time that I will turn down watching this movie.
I’m from the southern US, so the idea that you can visit places that are in movies totally trips me out… but to Megan, it’s every day LA life. GUYS! Here are the stops we hit up on our tour:
Andie’s house was our first point, and it was the best because it’s literally on the wrong side of the tracks. All the other houses are on one side, and her house stands alone. It turns out a real life family lives there (complete with tricycles in the front yard). But no matter: photos were still taken.
The outside of the school
The interior and exterior school shots were at two different spots, and when I was in town they were actually working on the front of the school used (John Marshall) for the exterior shots. This could have totally sucked, but it was still actually a lot of fun to see it. We also had the extra pleasure of narrowly escaping a parking ticket, so hey!
The rich kid’s house
I won’t tell you how much of our conversation centered around how hot Steff/James Spader was and hot he… might not be now, but we also just kind of nerded out here. We had to wait for the family who actually lives there to leave, because they kept hovering in and around their front door. Probably, you know, wondering why two girls in big sunglasses were standing outside. With a camera. (And big, big smiles.)
I was most excited about Trax — while Andie Walsh was truer to my teen self, in my heart of hearts I wanted to grow up to be Iona/Annie Potts (both of them). I mean, I still do. Also duh: a chance to see the spot where Duckie exceeded my wildest expectations? Gosh.
All necessary information (names, addresses) is right here if you want to host your own self-guided tour. I might totally come with you if you do.