Berkley thanked fans for "writing a new chapter" for the film
Showgirls has become one of cinema’s most beloved high-camp cult classics, but star Elizabeth Berkley has never embraced the film’s reputation – until now.
As recently as 2013, Berkley called criticism of the film “cruel,” but she’s since made her peace with it, judging from comments she made Saturday night.
“I had the most extraordinary experience making the film,” Berkley said Saturday at a screening of the film in front of 4,000 fans at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles. “When a dream is happening, it’s unlike anything you can ever imagine,” she added, before saying, “Which is why when the movie came out it was more painful than anything you can imagine.”
But, Berkley continued, “I’m not going to spend a lot of time on that moment, because why do that? We don’t live in the past … But I found my own resiliency and my power and my confidence – not only through what I had to find out, but because of you guys.”
Berkley thanked the assembled crowd for helping her to reconsider the film’s legacy. “I want to thank you guys for giving me this gift of truly getting a full-circle moment of experiencing the joy with you. You guys and the love you have for this movie have made this the cult film that it is.”
“I really do want you to know this movie is something I love, but I love it because you love it too,” she continued. “Whether this film has been your guilty pleasure, whether you have played ‘Pin the Pasties on the Showgirl’ [a reference to a game included in the film’s reissue on DVD], or whether Nomi’s own plight and her fight and struggle has become your own anthem in your life, I hope that it’s brought you comfort, I hope that it’s brought you joy, I hope that you have made incredible memories with your friends watching it cozy on your couch. I hope you’ve over-lined your lips and put glitter on like crazy. I hope when you eat your french fries you go crazy like Nomi.”
Berkley posted on Instagram, thanking fans for “writing a new chapter to this story.” We’re thrilled about the turn this story has taken, particularly since this is a film that gave us the enduring bit of advice, “There’s always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.”