LB: What was it like to watch and relive your own story?
CC: There really aren’t words – it’s kind of like the feeling you have when you have your first child – it’s like indescribable. There are some things there just aren’t words for that would properly describe it – it’s absolutely the way I feel about this. It’s so incredible that my head still won’t wrap around it yet. It’s a dream come true… of the best kind – it’s like being reborn.
LB: Can you appreciate the bands’ experiences more looking back?
CC: It’s like trying on your favorite old jean jacket or your platform shoes – the ones you loved 30 odd years ago - you put them on and you‘re going to feel and love them the same as you did back then. [The Runaways are] associated with magical time in my life and I think the movie captures the 70’s and the times really well.
I think [the movie is] going to bring back the shag haircuts and platform shoes – it’s going to change style - it’s bringing back one of the greatest eras in music and decades in music, the 70’s and it’s really neat.
LB: Because you can’t fake the style, that’s for sure and what The Runaways did for music and style – specifically for women - do you think it continues to inspire against stereotypes?
CC: Well, that corset was my idea – I came up with that on my own and I saw that corset in a lingerie store across the street from the Starwood on Santa Monica Boulevard and I could not get my eyes off all the way from across the street. I’ll never forget seeing it in that window and going across the street and saying “I have to have that and I have to wear it for Cherry Bomb”. And I’m hearing that fashion designers are going to have corsets on the runway because of me – that’s just insane!
LB: Well, wearing something like that was really ballsy…
CC: It was unheard of! I don’t know where I got the guts but there was no stopping me when I saw that thing in the window - and I knew the girls weren’t going to be thrilled about, but I knew I had to – for that two and half minutes of time, just for Cherry Bomb, nothing else.
P.s. I'm really sad Stew's "I Love Playing With Fire" isn't on the soundtrack :(