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Molly Ringwald Reveals She Conceived Her Daughter at Studio 54

Samantha Franco
Photo Credit: Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images for TRESemme
Photo Credit: Dave Kotinsky / Getty Images for TRESemme

Molly Ringwald was an absolute icon of the 1980s. She began acting at an early age and quickly became a household name. It is no surprise, then, that when she conceived her first child, she did so at a place as iconic as Studio 54.

Studio 54 in its heyday

Diana Ross squats on the DJ booth at Studio 54
Singer Diana Ross, squatting atop the disc jockey booth in Studio 54. (Photo Credit: Bettmann / Getty Images)

Studio 54 was once a disco nightclub in New York City where A-listers from all over came to party. In its early days, it was known for hosting extravagant events, as well as being a place where guests participated in general unrestrained acts. As you can imagine, the venue became extremely popular extremely quickly.

The club was a massive, glamorous space filled with flashing lights, extravagant decor, and a bumping dance floor. But Studio 54 wasn’t just about the music and the dancing; it was about the spectacle. People dressed in their most outrageous and glamorous outfits, expressing themselves in ways that were bold and uninhibited.

Her daughter was conceived in Studio 54

Molly Ringwald and her daughter, Mathilda.
Mathilda Gianopoulos and Molly Ringwald attend the American Ballet Theatre Fall Gala at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on October 24, 2023, in New York City. (Photo Credit: Bennett Raglin / Getty Images for American Ballet Theatre)

Ringwald said she conceived her daughter, Mathilda, at Studio 54 in 2003, but by that time, the club was well past its prime. At the time, she was playing Sally Bowles in the Broadway show Cabaret, and the production was using the place as their dressing rooms. It was there that she shared an intimate moment with Panio Gianopoulos, whom she married in 2007.

She explained how part of the reason they conceived was because she was getting worried about getting too old to have children. “I always knew I wanted to have children but it took me a while — I was 36 when she was born. At that age the biological clock is a real thing and it had kind of become deafening. All I could think about was: must have kids,” Ringwald said.

“The hardest thing about motherhood was realizing that my time was not my own. As an actress, I’ve traveled a lot and learned to live with instability, but that’s not great for kids. That’s something I am always looking to improve on and luckily I have a husband who is a planner and is very stable.” She also shares fraternal twins Roman and Adele with Gianopoulos.

Mathilda has a career in Hollywood

Molly Ringwald and her daughter, Mathilda.
Mathilda Gianopoulos and Molly Ringwald attend dinner celebrating Rodarte and NYFW: The Shows at Jac’s On Bond on February 10, 2023, in New York City. (Photo Credit: Bryan Bedder / Getty Images for IMG Fashion )

It seems Mathilda has decided to follow in her mother’s footsteps by also pursuing a career in Hollywood. Alongside acting, Mathilda has also taken up modeling as well. However, compared to her mother, she got a late start.

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That was no coincidence, as Ringwald made the decision not to allow her daughter to start acting when she was a child. This was because she knew from experience what that was like, and she wanted to give her daughter the chance to be a kid. “I don’t think that professional acting is a great way for kids to grow up. It’s way too stressful and it’s a crap shoot on whether or not the kids can make it through. I did my first professional job at ten years old and it was not easy,” Ringwald explained.

Samantha Franco

Samantha Franco is a Freelance Content Writer who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Guelph, and her Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. Her research focused on Victorian, medical, and epidemiological history with a focus on childhood diseases. Stepping away from her academic career, Samantha previously worked as a Heritage Researcher and now writes content for multiple sites covering an array of historical topics.

In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out with her dog, Chowder!