Labyrinth was released in US theatres 28 years ago today, and I figured it's an anniversary worth marking. And what better way to mark it than with Jennifer Connelly's audition tape?
Today, Jennifer Connelly is a Hollywood A-lister: She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001 for A Beautiful Mind and has starred in a number of other critically acclaimed films, including Requiem for a Dream and Blood Diamond.
Back in the 1980s, however, well before achieving said A-list status, Connelly was a little-known actress. One major film that put he on the map: Jim Henson’s 1986 film Labyrinth, also famously starring David Bowie.
The film tells the story of Sarah (Connelly), a 15-year-old who wishes her baby half-brother, Toby (Toby Froud), away to Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie). Sarah, who then has a change of heart, must complete Jareth’s Labyrinth in 13 hours or else Jareth will keep Toby.
In the audition tape, Sarah is about to enter the dangerous Labyrinth, determined to get her brother back. An outside voice warns her that she wouldn’t go in if she were Sarah—to which Sarah responds, “Well you’re not me.” Toward the end of the tape, you can even hear Connelly having a little chat with Henson himself, who is offscreen.