Original ‘Flowers in the Attic’ Star Kristy Swanson Weighs in on Lifetime Remake, Kiernan Shipka

Original 'Flowers in the Attic' Star Kristy Swanson Weighs in on Lifetime Remake, Kiernan Shipka

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“Good job,” the actress who played Cathy in the 1987 film based on the V.C. Andrews novel says

Lifetime's adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ cult classic “Flowers in the Attic” won over at least one fan of the 1987 film — star Kristy Swanson.

Swanson weighed in on the movie that aired on Saturday.

“#FlowersintheAttic I am happy to watch the remake on @lifetimetv it brings back fond memories of the original film : ) good job lifetime xo,” she said on Twitter.

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Arguably, Swanson's portrayal set the bar for Cathy, the oldest girl of four children forced to live in an attic by their grandmother and later swept up into a incestuous relationship with her brother.

Swanson approved of “Mad Men” actress Kiernan Shipka‘s performance in the role, as well.

“@kiernanshipka good job honey on the role of Cathy in #FlowersintheAttic proud of you. Xoxoxo Kristy #vcandrews,” she tweeted.

The 1987 film enjoyed a good amount of box office success, though critics panned it at the time. Swanson co-starred with Victoria Tennant as mother Corrine and Louise Fletcher as grandmother Olivia.

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Lifetime's “Flowers in the Attic” executive producer Michele Weiss told TheWrap why she felt Shipka was the right actress for the role.

“With Kiernan, we had the confidence of knowing the difficult subject matter she dealt with on ‘Mad Men’ starting when she was six years old,” Weiss said. “She could handle that, embrace it and give it depth.

Lifetime is already developing the sequel to “Flowers in the Attic” called “Petals on the Wind.”

  • Devin McMusters

    Incestual rape as entertainment? I'll pass.

    • Vivian

      There isn't any rape. Maybe read the book, see either movie, or read a movie review at the bare minimum?

      Anyway, the Lifetime version was FLAAAAAAAT FLAT FLAT. not shocked but still disappointed!

      • CharlieJude

        There is rape in the book. Cathy's character downplays it (so I can see your argument assuming you read the book), and it isn't in either movie.
        This movie was disappointing because it had relevant subject matter, and a decent cast. I don't know a whole lot about how movies are made, but I guess the blame is on the director and script. If you can manage to make Ellen Burstyn flat and boring, you're doing something really really wrong!!

      • Devin McMusters

        I can read Viv. You may be titillated by dreaming of incestual rape, but I think it's disgusting.

  • Joe Rauschenberger

    Chris was the oldest, Cathy was the second oldest.

    • nia

      Said oldest GIRL

      • Joe Rauschenberger

        They just changed that then, I swear!

  • Danny

    Artist? What IS this guy smoking?

  • Tiffany Christianson

    It sucked. I love VC Andrews. I have read almost very novel. And the acting was crap in the remake. I was so excited. And Heater Graham was crap. Her acting was so horrible. Scripted and fake. Blah