Brooke Shields, the iconic actress and model, rose to fame at the age of 12 for her leading role as a child prostitute in Louis Malle’s controversial film Pretty Baby (1978).

She went on to star in several 80s dramas like The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Endless Love (1981).

Her early career was defined by objectification and exploitation when she did nude modeling at ten years old and appeared naked in major Hollywood movies at 15.

She talked with uInterview founder Erik Meers at the Sundance Film Festival 2023 in Park City, Utah to discuss her new two-part documentary, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, which reveals her story of coming of age in the public eye.

Shields appears in the film as an adult, reflecting back on her career and life, including her strained relationship with her mother and perilous journey through Hollywood as a child actor. Perhaps more importantly, it allows her the space to take control of her own narrative.

“You know what makes me even more proud? I kept learning and growing and sort of defying the odds,” Shields told uInterview exclusively. “That I didn’t let one door closed stop me from growing as an actor and a performer.”

Speaking about the documentary as a whole, Shields said that it offered her the opportunity to look back at her career and feel proud of all that she had accomplished.

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