Marina Adair talks Writing Books, Making Movies and More!

InD: First, we have to get some background. You were born in California?
MA: Yes. I was born in Whitaker, California, but we lived in Huntington Beach until I was five and then moved to Pacifica, California, which is right near San Francisco.
InD: Tell us about your growing up years. What was Marina, the child like?
MA: I was very much the same as I am now, just smaller. I was very bubbly and outgoing. I think the only award I ever won until cheerleading was for being everyone's best friend. No joke! I have a trophy; they voted on it.  I started telling stories in my head with my Barbies when I was maybe six or seven.
InD: You remember this with your Barbies?
MA: Absolutely. Do you remember the movie Xanadu with Olivia Newton John? I was acting out that movie with my Barbies while I was home sick one day. I was sick a lot as a kid. I have rheumatoid arthritis and it started at the age of three.
InD: Whoa!
MA: Yeah. I was sick a lot between the ages 6 to 13—when they finally found out what the problem was. I spent a lot of time at home, so I was either playing with my Barbies, watching old black-and-white movies with my grandma or telling stories in my head. When I got older and was a cheerleader, I would make music mixes and that was my story. So, I was speaking the stories of suppressed, urban, white girls everywhere [both laughing].
InD: Suppressed urban, teenage, white girls and the hardships they have.
MA: Exactly! Most of my childhood was either riding bikes with my friends when I was feeling well or at home with my grandma watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ movies.

Read the entire interview in the June 2018 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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