The Brat Pack
It started innocently enough, with New York writer David Blum meeting up with Emilio Estevez at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles. Blum was assigned to write a profile on Estevez, who was then an up-and-coming young talent fresh off hits including The Breakfast Club and Repo Man.
…and then Estevez invited pals Rob Lowe and Judd Nelson to join them.
…and then Blum had himself a real story– a profile of a gaggle of young, rich, good-lookin’ actors setting Hollywood on fire at that time. Blum was instantly reminded of the Rat Pack– the 60s-era group of drinking-and-partying best buds that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.–, and he was also taken by how… well, ‘bratty’ Estevez and his friends were. Among other things, Blum recounted a story of how the three demanded free tickets at a showing of Ladyhawke, apparently unwilling to cough up the $6 ticket price.
So Blum wrote his article, “The Birth of Hollywood’s Brat Pack”. (Read it here.) And the rest is history.
Obviously Estevez and the other fellas were none too pleased with Blum’s article, and they tried to shake the nickname every chance they got, but it didn’t work. The Brat Pack was now a thing… and heck, it’s still a thing. Don’t tell us you haven’t used the term as you look back fondly upon Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and the like.
Interestingly enough– Blum’s original Brat Pack included only male actors. He listed (along with Estevez, Lowe, and Nelson) Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, and even Sean Penn. In the months that followed, though, the public adjusted the membership and made its own Brat Pack, and it’s those 8 actors who still proudly (yeah…NOT!) remain in the club: Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.
No, it wasn’t the nicest of names for a bunch of super-successful, super-popular friends (who we loved and adored with every fiber of our being), but in all honesty, we don’t recall any of us saying, “Wait. They’re not brats!“. They were the Brat Pack, and they’ll always be The Brat Pack, and we won’t have it any other way.
We ♥ the Brat Pack.