The Women Of 'The Craft' Are Now Working Just As Hard As They Did In The '90s
There comes a time in all of our lives when we must look back at the movies of our childhood and marvel at just how much those actors have done since, and, by the Transitive Property, just how many sands have time have slipped through our fingers. Like looking at where the women of The Craft are now, for example. It may not seem that long ago, but The Craft came out in 1996, so that talented foursome has had a full 20 years to go about their lives in the industry.
I'm sure we all remember The Craft , but, in case things are a little foggy, it was the film about those four teenage girls who stumble upon witchcraft as a way to simultaneously address a lot of the problems of being an adolescent... and create entirely new ones. Except that second part was obviously unintentional. It starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True as the teenage girls, although I need you to know right off the bat that none of them were actually in their teens for filming. Just so you don't get your world rocked when I tell you that these women are in their 40s now. Tunney was 26, Balk 22, Campbell 23, and Rachel True was actually 30 years old, but they all looked the same age and vaguely young so, hey, everything worked out.
Here's what these gals have been up to since last we met them casting spells and causing trouble and all that nonsense.
Robin Tunney played Sarah Bailey in The Craft, and has worked very steadily since then. For a while, her bread and butter was smaller-name movies, none of which jump out from her IMDb page, but lately she's found a new calling — television. Tunney was in the pilot of House, in 2004, and then got more serious character arcs on shows like Prison Break, where she had 23 episodes between 2005 and 2006, and The Mentalist, where she played Teresa Lisbon for 151 episodes, from 2008 to 2015. She also has a TV credit from 2016 already, from the Netflix show Love, so Tunney doesn't seem to be slowing down a bit.
As far as her personal life goes, Tunney was married to producer Bob Gosse from 1997 to 2006, and was briefly engaged to Australian writer and director Andrew Dominik in 2009, only to break that off in 2010, but has now been happily engaged to interior designer Nicky Marmet since late 2012. And the final thing that she's been up to lately — or since 2006, anyway — is whooping booty at poker tournaments; she made it to the finale of Season 8 of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, and competed in the 2006 World Series of Poker.
Fairuza Balk, who played Nancy Downs, has a similar career path to Robin Tunney's, in that she hasn't wanted for work since the release of The Craft. The only thing is, her projects are a little more recognizable, with titles like American History X, The Waterboy, and Almost Famous rounding out her resume. And recently, she's had some TV exposure as well! Balk did seven episodes of Ray Donovan in 2015, and in her free time, has started doing some mixed-media sculpting. Is it just me, or is anyone else starting to get suspicious that these women magicked themselves into hard workers who got the careers they wanted and deserved?
Neve Campbell is still very much in the public eye, I'd say most recently because of her 2016 stint on House of Cards as LeAnn Harvey, but that's far from her only high-profile project since The Craft, in which she played Bonnie. Campbell was of course in the Scream series, which began later in 1996 and has extended all the way to 2011 with Scream 4, and the TV show Party of Five, from 1994 to 2000. So Campbell is unique in that The Craft wasn't actually one of the credits she's best known for. She did go a little bit under the radar for a while, doing smaller projects for a decade or so, as well as knocking out some serious relationships. She was married to Canadian actor Jeff Colt from 1995 to 1998, actor Jeff Light from 2007 to 2010, and Campbell and her current partner, JJ Feild, had their first child together in 2012, Caspian. But with all those big life events behind her, and House of Cards and Welcome to Sweden in 2015 under her belt, I have a feeling we're going to be seeing more of Neve Campbell again.
Rachel True played Rochelle, and has kept her nose to the grindstone ever since, with a credit or credits for every year since 2008. Some of her best-known projects include the TV series Half & Half , which she was on from 2002 to 2006 and the 1998 movie Half Baked, although please let's not undervalue the contribution to society she made when she featured in Sharknado 2: The Second One in 2014. And while I'm sure she has a very interesting and engaging personal life, and lots of exciting hobbies, she hasn't left me any clues about them on the Internet, so we'll have to keep guessing.
All in all, I think my theory about black magic being at work here is probably valid, because none of these women has drifted into the type of obscurity you might expect from someone from a two-decades-old movie that we're just checking in on. So great work ladies, I'm proud of you.
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