Molly Ringwald claims her first child was conceived in Studio 54

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Once gracing the big screen in flicks like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, actress Molly Ringwald has made a wild confession about her sex life.

In an interview with The Times, Ringwald, now 56, opened up about where her daughter Mathilda was conceieved.

Earning her first acting credit in the upcoming Anne Hathaway-led romance The Idea of You, Ringwald alluded to knowing that Mathilda was destined for greatness based on where she was likely conceived.

“I believe that Mathilda was conceived in the dressing room at Studio 54 right at the end of my run playing Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret’ in 2003,” she said of the famous club-turned-Broadway theatre. “It’s so Mathilda to be conceived in such an iconic place.”

At the time, she and her now-husband, Panio Gianopoulos, were not married.

“My husband, Panio, an author and book editor, and I were both enchanted from the moment Mathilda was born. She was five weeks early, so she was on the smaller side, but she had these big, beautiful eyes. Even before she could talk, she had an amazing sense of humour and the best belly laugh,” she said. “I have recordings of her laughing, which I listen to when I want a little pick-me-up.”

“She and I are both emotional and headstrong,” Ringwald added. “When she was learning to walk, if we helped her for a couple of steps, she would stop and say, ‘Do myself ‘lone’ and go back and do it again.

“That’s still her attitude today, including in her acting career. She took Gianopoulos, her father’s name, instead of Ringwald. I said, ‘Are you sure? Ringwald is so much easier to spell, and it might open some doors.’ But she was adamant.”

“The nepo baby thing is ridiculous,” Ringwald said of the hot-button topic in Hollywood right now. “Of course, if you have a parent in the industry, it’s something that you’ve heard about and might be genetically predisposed to.

“I’ve talked to Mathilda about navigating the spotlight, but everyone experiences it differently. Some people don’t mind living completely out loud. I’m not one of those people, and I don’t think she is either. We’re basically a family of introverts who have had to learn to be more extrovert because of what we do.”

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