Being a teenager is not easy. Not only is your body enduring all those weird changes, but high school can be a war zone full of mean girls and teachers with bad breath. There’s also a 99.9 percent chance your parents don’t understand you. If you’ve ever felt this way, you’re not alone.
Meet Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez), the protagonist of “Girl in Progress,” a 13-year-old feeling neglected by her single mother, Grace (Eva Mendes). The two rarely see eye-to-eye: Ansiedad scares her mother with death metal music, and Grace embarrasses her daughter with her booty-pop dance routines. As Grace attempts to balance work and her affair with a married doctor, Ansiedad creates a list of what she needs to accomplish to propel herself to adulthood—based on the coming-of-age stories she’s been reading in English class.
“I seek the ’Rite of Passage’ as a way to jump start my adulthood and leave [my mother], along with my childhood, behind,” Cierra says in this EXCLUSIVE clip.
One scene shows Ansiedad interacting with Trevor, played by “Degrassi” cutie Landon Liboiron. She breaks into the backseat of his car, and upon his arrival, asks him to help her with her list. Intrigued he asks what he can do and she requests that he gives her her first kiss. “But it has to be awkward and clumsy, and I have to hate it,” she says.
Throughout the clip we see an array of conflicts, but the underlying heart of the film—as director Patricia Riggen tells us—is love. A mother’s love for her daughter, friends’ love for each other and even the emotions we feel for a first love.
Watch Ansiedad navigate her teenage years in “Girl in Progress” when it hits theaters May 11!
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