Molly Ringwald has had success in her career and personal life. However, the period following her daughter's birth was tough on her despite plenty of support from her younger husband, with whom she raises her three children.
Molly Ringwald made her screen debut as a teen, playing the perky feminist Molly Parker in the NBC drama "The Facts of Life." She became a constant on TV and films, becoming recognized majorly for her roles in "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles."
As a young girl, her career was not limited to acting. Ringwald also had a burgeoning career as a singer. She disclosed that she would go to school and then spend an hour and a half rehearsing with her father, a jazz pianist.
Molly Ringwald attends The Silver Ball: The Moth's 25th Anniversary Gala honoring David Byrne at Spring Studios on May 26, 2022 in New York City | Source: Getty Images
Fame has been part of her life since she was little. However, she would confess to Oprah that being so famous so young was a double-edged sword.
While it opened doors to incredible opportunities, it was also challenging to deal with for a girl her age. However, unlike many in her position, she turned out fine, as she would say:
"I think I survived better than most people."
Actors Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald browsing in record shop during break in location shooting of The Breakfast Club. | Source: Getty Images
She had been very uninspired living in Hollywood and planned to go to Paris, do a movie, and return to her life in Los Angeles. However, she fell in love with the city of lights, its beautiful sunsets, and with a man. She shared:
"But I fell in love with France, and then eventually I fell in love with a person."
Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald in a scene from the film 'The Breakfast Club', 1985 | Source: Getty Images
The person in question is her first husband, Valery Lameignere. The "Tempest" actress married the French writer on July 29, 1999, in Bordeaux, France. Theirs was, unfortunately, a short union, and they divorced in 2002.
MEETING HER SECOND HUSBAND
Ringwald had just separated from her first husband and lived alone in New York City. She was in no hurry to start dating again and took her sweet time having fun and flirting and wearing heels.
But then, out of the blues, she met a man who would turn her world upside down. At 25, Panio Gianopoulos was seven years Ringwald's junior. He had lovely dimples and broad shoulders, and Ringwald thought he was "far too good-looking to be taken seriously."
Molly Ringwald backstage at the Academy Awards Show, March 30, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images
Gianopoulos was a book editor and a second-degree black belt in karate. After flirting lengthily through emails, the two began planning how they would meet.
They hatched a plan where Gianopoulos would teach the actress some essential self-defense basics. And when they finally met, Ringwald froze, unwilling to get out of the "bear-hug" that Gianopoulos had given her.
Their meeting was just shy of Valentine's Day, and the "Cut" actress thought it was the perfect time to spend some idle time with her crush. However, she had a script that needed reading, and unfortunately, their apartments were on the extreme opposite sides of town.
Gianopoulos suggested she go read at his place as if on cue, and while there, he made her garlic dinner. But then she wondered:
"Who prepares garlic on a first date? Had I misread everything?"
HAVING THEIR FIRST CHILD AND MARRIAGE
After an incredible first date with the fiction writer and essayist, Ringwald knew she had found the man of her dreams. They had their first baby, Mathilda, in 2003.
Despite her excitement at becoming a first-time mom, her after-birth experience was nothing to write home about. She constantly stressed about her looks, her insecurities driven by a nurse's comment at the hospital just before she delivered.
Before entering the labor room, the Gap company asked the actress to participate in a maternity ad, but she could not go through with it due to her condition. When the nurse caught wind of the idea, she laughed at Ringwald, saying she looked like Michelin Man.
In the months following Mathilda's birth, the actress would be horrified whenever she looked at herself in the mirror. The former teen idol constantly felt she was not "pretty enough."
Her husband came home one day from work to find her in their bedroom, soaked in tears. When he inquired what the problem was, Ringwald managed to answer weakly:
"She got it all. She sucked the pretty out of me."
Her worries notwithstanding, her husband still crushed on her, as he confessed he had been for many years. The couple walked down the aisle in 2007 and remain very happily married today.
RINGWALD'S KIDS AND LIFE TODAY
After welcoming her daughter, Mathilda Eren, in 2003, the actress took the time to raise her. Then after her 2007 wedding, they waited two more years before having their twins, Roman Stylianos and Adele Georgiana, in 2009.
As the kids grow, they resemble their mom, and Ringwald could not be more proud of them. Over the years, she has shared numerous photos of her brood on Instagram, capturing special moments with them. But who are these kids she adores so much?
Mathilda Ereni is the oldest of the Ringwald-Gianopoulos kids. Born in 2003, she is already a young adult. With a steady forway into the spotlight, thanks to her mother, she had been building a modeling career and hit the runway during February 2020's New York Fashion Week.
She is, however, not new to the spotlight as she has been hitting red carpet events since she was barely ten years old. Whether it was significant movie premieres or philanthropic events, she often accompanied her mom.
Like her older sister, Adele Georgiana loves the lights and the glamour. She has accompanied Ringwald on several events, including the American Ballet Theatre's Fall Gala in New York City on October 26, 2021.
They also paid homage to Ringwald's famous 1986 hit "Pretty In Pink." On the other hand, her twin, Roman Stylianos, has not made many red carpet appearances but has often featured on his mother's Instagram posts.
Today, the "The Kissing Booth" actress enjoys her over 15 years of marital bliss with her husband. She also enjoys being a mother to her three children despite initially admitting how confused and perplexed she had been about being a mother.