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So, What Exactly Has Fairuza Balk Been Up To In The 20 Years Since "The Craft"?

Updated October 29, 2019 10.8k votes 2.8k voters 339.7k views14 items

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Fairuza Balk, who played the most troubled witch in The Craft, has been out of the limelight for quite some time. Many fans of the classic cult film have wondered what she's been up to but Balk hasn't really gone anywhere. While every era has big stars who just sort of disappear from Hollywood, Balk isn't one of the many '90s celebs who qualify.

She's been working pretty consistently for the last two decades, even though you might not recognize the names of most things she's been in. Balk hasn't limited her talents to the silver screen either; she's dipped her hands into a number of artistic pots and the results are about as creepily satisfying as her first break-out hit.

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    You Probably Remember Her From "The Waterboy"

    Back in Adam Sandler's heyday, Balk plays Vicki Vallencourt in one of Sandler's more popular movies, The Waterboy. Vallencourt is a bit of a bayou bad girl and Bobby Boucher's mother swears the girl is a bad influence on her innocent son.

    Balk shows some serious comedy chops in this film but she's able to be dark and brooding here, too.

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    Fairuza Balk Has Consistently Had A Project In The Works

    Since The Craft, the raven-haired actress has accumulated 23 movie credits. She'll add another to the list in 2018 with Hell Is Where the Home Is. Fairuza Balk has also been in a total of seven shows over the years. She's clearly a very consistent artist even if some of her projects have flown under the radar.

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    She Was In "Almost Famous" And She Didn't Have To Wear All Black

    Perhaps her most significantly different role came in the much-celebrated Almost Famous. She departs sharply from the evil-girl typecast and plays Sapphire - a light-hearted musician with a soft spot for young protagonist William. While Sapphire is hardly the most popular character from Almost Famous, she adds a lot to the film. Balk makes the character funny and loveable. 

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    Many Of Balk's Roles Have A Dark Undercurrent

    Balk certainly kept up her dark and scary streak, appearing in movies like The Island of Dr. Moreau and American History X, where she plays a neo-Nazi alongside Ed Norton. She seemed to become pigeon-holed as a stormy, brooding character.

    Though she continued to book roles and none of them were shrouded in obscurity, few of them achieved as much notoriety as her part in The Craft.

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