Brat Pack features some of the most prominent young actors of the 1980s. Andrew McCarthy was one of them. However, despite being called a member of the Brat Pack, he never felt like an essential part of the gang. Among the other quintessential members of the Brat Pack are: Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, and Judd Nelson.
However, while most of the stars were proud to be friends with each other, McCarthy considers herself an outsider in the group. Read on to find out why.
Were “The Brat Pack” close in real life?
Well according to Rob Lowe in the biography titled “You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried,” all the members of The Brat Pack were “the best of friends.” And since they all started in the entertainment industry at the same time, they could always lean on each other when things got too overwhelming.
“We grew up together,” Lowe recalls. “At that point, a lot of us realized we were coming into a time when we would have a lot more opportunities than we’d ever had before. And it was helpful to have a group of like-minded people with whom we could share and navigate.”
But although the “Parks and Rec” alum insists they are best friends, McCarthy has never felt that way about his co-stars.
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“I have never felt any kind of great camaraderie,” he revealed in the biography. “I think I went out with the guys in L.A. once or twice.”
St. Elmo’s Fire creator Carl Kurlander believes McCarthy didn’t fit in with the other members. One reason was that most of the Brat Pack’s stars were from L.A. He, on the other hand, was from New Jersey, and he believed there was a divide.
“It almost felt like starting at a new high school,” Kurlander said of McCarthy. “He felt absolutely disconnected.”
In point of fact, McCarthy felt so isolated from the group that he insists the Brat Pack didn’t even exist.
“[The Brat Pack] didn’t exist. It … did … did not … existed!” he demanded in an interview with the Observer. “We never hung out – well, they may have hung out. I don’t know their phone numbers! I haven’t talked to a single one of them since we packed St. Elmo’s Fire! This is all just lazy journalism lumping everything together.”
Andrew McCarthy didn’t even see ‘Pretty in Pink’
McCarthy starred as Molly Ringwald’s love interest in the 1986 classic ‘Pretty in Pink.’ But even though it was arguably his most prominent role, the actor recently confessed that he’s never seen the film in its entirety.
“I’ve never sat down and watched the whole thing,” McCarthy confessed to PEOPLE. “I’m just not a nostalgic person in that way.”
“It was my first time playing a leading man,” the actor continues. “It was fun and exciting, and Molly and I had great chemistry. It just worked out. But I’m still shocked that here we are, all these years later, talking about it!”