It's back to the future for daughter of Minnesota-born film star


If "Beautiful Creatures" co-star Zoey Deutch reminds you of a certain Minnesota-born actress, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you.

Deutch is the daughter of Rochester native Lea Thompson, who burst onto the movie scene in the early 1980s in such films as "All the Right Moves," "Red Dawn" and "Back to the Future" -- where she plays the future mother of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox).

Deutch, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, still has a hard time grasping the fact that her mom toughed it out so many years on the Minnesota tundra.

"She was a dancer growing up, so I've heard many stories of her prancing through the snow in her little tights in the freezing cold," Deutch told me, laughing, during a recent tour stop in Minneapolis to promote "Beautiful Creatures." In the film, now playing in theaters, Deutch stars as a high school bad girl opposite the likes of Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum and Emma Thompson (no relation).

Deutch, 18, said she's only been back to her mother's home state on a few occasions -- and even then it a long time ago.

"It's been so long that I can't remember," Deutch said. "But I am excited to visit the Mall of America."

Calling Lea Thompson a "phenomenal actress," Deutch said she's flattered of any comparisons to her star mom, even if its only in looks.

"I've certainly grown up with people saying, 'Whoa, you look like her,' and I'm like, 'Yes! I'm 50 percent her!' Deutch said, laughing.

Deutch has one other big wintry Minnesota connection. Her dad, filmmaker Howard Deutch, directed 1995's "Grumpier Old Men," the second of the Minnesota-made Jack Lemmon-Walter Matthau "Grumpy Old Men" comedies.

Bring Me The News film critic Tim Lammers has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career, and locally, he reviews films on “KARE 11 News at 11” and WCCO Radio. Tim is also a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and annually votes on the Critics Choice Movie Awards.

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