Rachel True, who played Rochelle Zimmerman in the 1996 supernatural horror film “The Craft,” is spreading love on social media after previously reacting to being excluded from cast reunions that her white co-stars are invited to.
True remains active on social media, sharing nothing but good vibes with her followers. She recently wrote a message of love, peace, and harmony, accompanied by a mirror selfie video.
The actress is best known for starring in the Columbia Pictures hit movie "The Craft," being the only black actress among four women. Years later, she spoke out about the injustice and perceived racism she was subjected to after the film.
OPENING UP ON TWITTER
Taking to Twitter in January 2019, True wondered why only three members of the four-girl cast were getting invites to fan conventions. She believed it had something to do with her being black, saying:
“I think it’s interesting these conventions are booking Neve [Campbell], Fairuza [Balk] & Robin [Tunney] all together, but excluding me. Sounds about white.”
FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY
Unfortunately, True went on to add that this trend was in play even back in the day when they were making press appearances to promote the film and at award shows. She implied that she was often left out of those as well.
“Maybe it’s just an oversight, but I mean, it’s a film about 4 [expletive] girls, not 3,” she added. The actress recalled a particular year at the MTV movie awards when her three “The Craft” co-stars were brought up on stage to present while she sat in the audience, uninvited.
Rachel True attends the Los Angeles premiere of FX's 'Better Things' Season 3 held at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage | Source: Getty Images
FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE
“These things aren’t the worst to suffer, but accumulated over the years are exhausting," the star added. She said that while it affected her personally, she brought it up because it directly affects POC (people of color) actors.
The actress also revealed that dealing with years of “racist aggressions” in Hollywood takes a toll but refused to call out any particular convention guilty of her accusations. According to her, the erring bodies are more than one and don’t realize their actions reek of “casual racism.”
A CONTINUOUS FIGHT
However, although she never namedropped, a response by the convention implied they were still choosing to exclude her because of her Twitter thread. She shared a screenshot of them saying, "this was totally uncalled for."
The actress, however, insisted that her ultimate goal was to help make things better for younger actresses in the industry. She said: “This is not about self-absorption. It’s about racism, parity & [money]. Speaking up is costing me $ but may help younger folk coming up down the line achieve those things.”
HER TIME ON "THE CRAFT"
The fight for equality with her Caucasian counterparts spanned years for True, who revealed during an interview that she actually had to fight to read for her role on the '90s cult classic. After all, Rochelle Zimmerman's part was written for a White actress.
However, thanks to her talent, she won the part. She believes that while it was a big movie for her career, it was also a big movie for people of color, as it was a teen movie that wasn't just for "black teens" or "white teens," respectively.
Her challenges clearly did not stop there as, during production, she felt herself being marginalized compared to her co-stars. While she didn't feel this from the cast, she definitely felt it from those in the studio.
While doing a publicity tour, they put up a poster of the four women but only mentioned her three co-stars. At the time, she realized that this was how Black actors would get underpaid. Her 2019 Twitter revelation was only the most recent incident of her struggles with equality.
A NEW BEGINNING
After “The Craft,” the talented actress went on to star in 1997’s “Nowhere,” 1998’s “Half Baked,” and on the UPN sitcom “Half & Half” from 2002 to 2006. Aside from acting, she also put out "True Heart Intuitive Tarot," a book containing 22 memoir essays and a 78-card tarot deck.
She is back on the big screen with Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison and Emmy winner Keith David. Their new project, "The Last Call," follows Dr. Amara Rowen, played by True, a documentary filmmaker contacted by a group of survivors of what appears to be a cult mass suicide.
The film began shooting on August 9 in Morristown, New Jersey. Half of the film is also set to be shot in Los Angeles.