Cosmo chats with Macy McGrailWell, it's official. We have a new girl-power hero and her name is Macy McGrail, the sassy nine-year-old star of the now-viral "Camp Gyno" video by HelloFlo.com (also known as the Birchbox of tampons). Not only does the video make you super proud to menstruate, but the subscription service it's promoting is genius. Every month you get everything you need to survive your period: Tampons, pads, panty liners, AND CANDY, all for under $20.
As Macy says in the video, "It's like Santa for your vagina."
We called up Macy after she got home from (REAL LIFE) camp to chat about the ad, periods, and what makes being a woman awesome. Prepare to idolize a nine-year-old!
By Natasha Burton
What's been the craziest reaction you've heard since the ad's come out?
I went into camp and all of my friends rushed up to me and said 'Are you on YouTube?!' All my friends know about the video and some of my counselors do, too. I find that fine- I'm not in the least embarrassed.
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OMG, you are really in camp! Incredible. Did anything funny happen while you were shooting?
There's this one scene that they cut out where this girl walks out in her bathing suit and her pants are stuffed with toilet paper and she says 'I ran out of pads,' and I say, 'It will be fine, don't worry about it.' It was hilarious. I also really like the scene when I'm Joan of Arc. And I especially like the part where I'm throwing the tampons.
How did you get into character to play the "camp gyno?"
I just really was myself-I haven't had my period yet but I knew what I would do in that situation and I sort of made that into who the character was. As soon as I saw the lines at the audition, I felt the way I thought the "camp gyno" would react in this situation. I went in and I guess I did well, because I got the part!
Are you worried about getting your period?
I'm not worried at all. I'm actually kind of excited because my mom said she'd subscribe me to HelloFlo and I'll get candy every month. She said she'll get me the starter kit and that will help me celebrate getting my first period and not dread it. That's really the way it should be.
How did you first learn about periods-did you have one of those awkward school assemblies?
Well, my mom's been really open to me about everything-she talks and talks and talks-and it's made me feel really comfortable.
What do you think about traditional tampon and period-related ads-like the ones where they use blue liquid to represent period fluid?
I haven't seen them but it sounds like they don't show what it's really like and they don't make you happy-they just make you [think] 'Okay, that's weird.'
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Are you going to keep acting?
Oh, definitely. I'm going to keep acting for a long, long time.
What actor or actress would you want to work with in the future?
I'd like to work with Carol Burnett. Really, I'd like to work with someone who knows what they're doing, who's really confident, and who's not embarrassed about anything. Someone who's just really good and spot on.
Why do you think so many women love your video?
Because it makes people proud of being a girl and it makes them really think about what's going on-it makes them think of the good things about getting your period.
So what are the good things?
Definitely being able to brag to men about how you have to go through everything-how you have to get your period and you have to go through things that men don't have to. Women are strong! And we get to brag to everybody about what it's like to be a woman.
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