Brooke Shields opens up about having to kiss grown men on set when she was just 11
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WARNING: This article discusses topics that some may find distressing.
Brooke Shields has opened up about having to kiss grown men on set when she was 11 years old.
Now 57, the Hollywood star had to kiss Keith Carradine, who was 27 at the time, in the 1978 film Pretty Baby in which she played a prostitute in New Orleans in 1917.
The actor has now said that her own daughters; Rowan, 19 and Grier, 16, refuse to watch the film and she struggles to understand why her own mum let her kiss a grown man.
The Endless Love star went as far as calling the film ‘child pornography’.
In a clip from the upcoming two-part documentary which is also named Pretty Baby, Rowan said: “It’s child pornography! Would you have let us [do that] at the age of 11.”
The Hollywood icon emotionally replies, ‘No’.
Speaking with The Sunday Times Magazine, Brooke said the conversation with her daughters was difficult, as she struggled to come to terms with her mum’s decision.
“That was hard for me, to not justify mum to them. But when they asked, I thought ‘Oh God, I have to admit this’. But I don’t know why she thought it was all right.
“'I mean, I could say, 'Oh, it was the time back then,' or 'Oh, it was art.' But I don't know why she thought it was all right. I don't know.’”
Brooke’s mother was Theresia ‘Teri’ Shields, an American actress, socialite and model who died in 2012, three years after she was diagnosed with dementia aged 79.
The Blue Lagoon star’s mum struggled with alcoholism and in her book, There Was a Little Girl, Brooke shared that her mum would often leave her at a neighbour’s house to go out partying and would organise dates for a young Brooke with famous men.
"Even though I understood her better than anybody else, I'm not sure I ever understood her fully," she wrote.
Brooke also questions why her mother allowed her to pose naked for Playboy when she was just 10 years old in the upcoming doc.
When she was 14, she appeared in The Blue Lagoon, a film that also included a lot of nude scenes. While all of her nude scenes were performed by the film’s 32-year-old stunt coordinator, Brooke did many of her topless scenes with her hair glued to her chest.
The documentary drops on Hulu in the US on 3 April. An international release date expected to be announced soon.