Remember Rochelle in 'The Craft'? She Detailed How She's Allegedly Been Excluded from Cast Reunions
Rachel True, the African American actress who played Rochelle Zimmerman in the 1996 supernatural horror film, “The Craft,” reacted recently to her constant exclusion from cast reunions that her white co-stars are invited to.
True was the only black actress among four girls who starred in the Columbia Pictures’ hit movie, but now, she’s speaking out about the injustice and perceived racism that has followed in recent years.
Taking to Twitter in January, True wondered why only three members of the four-girl cast were getting invites to fan conventions.
“I think it’s interesting these conventions are booking Neve [Campbell], Fairuza [Balk] & Robin [Tunney] all together, but excluding me. Sounds about white.”
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Sadly, True revealed 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, implying that she was often left out of those as well.
The actress, however, insisted that her ultimate goal was to help make things better
“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 perform while she sat in the audience, uninvited.
“These things aren’t the worst to suffer, but accumulated over the years are exhausting,” True confessed, adding:
“I brought up awards show etc, because being left out of these events didn’t just hurt ego, it had a direct effect on POC [People Of Color] actors pocket books & public profiles & level of celebrity.”
According to her, the erring bodies are more than one and don’t realize that their actions reek of “casual racism.”
Interestingly, True later shared a screenshot response of the convention excluding her where they implied they were going to leave her out because of her Twitter thread.
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🔥Hey guys!! Had a blast & 1/2 catching up w/ the ladies this past weekend 🦋1st time all together since ‘96 💀 🐍#covengoals 💥💀🔥 💥Thank YOU🙏🏾 all so very much for coming out, saying hi & showing support 💋& a big thanks to #monstermaniacon !!! I haven’t yet been invited to any other events some of the ladies are already booked for this yr so I’m very happy to have been included here. 😈😊🦋 #racheltrue #thecraft #thecraftreunion #coven #magic #godblessthefreaks #wearetheweirdosmister your #90s OG witchy weirdos. 🔥🌟🔥
The actress, however, insisted that her ultimate goal was to help make things better for younger actresses in the industry.
“This is not about self-absorption. It’s about racism, parity & [moneybag emoji]. Speaking up is costing me $ but may help younger folk coming up down the line achieve those things.”
I think it’s interesting these conventions are booking Neve, Fairuza &, Robin all together, but excluding me. Sounds about white.— Rachel True (@RachelTrue) January 26, 2019
True is hardly on the screen anymore these days but 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.