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Fairuza Balk Wants You to Know That She Was Never Actually a Witch

The Craft

She played one in The Craft, but now she wants to clear up some rumors.

Actress Fairuza Balk is undoubtedly most known for her show-stealing performance as Nancy Downs in 1996’s The Craft, a role that nabbed her a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress. In fact, Balk was so good as the witchcraft-practicing teen that many still believe to this day that she actually is a witch in real life!

Balk set the record straight in a chat with EW, detailing her connection to an occult shop in the ’90s that furthered the rumors that she was practicing witchcraft at the time.

The true story is I found this occult shop in L.A. and I used to go there to ask them questions and do my research,” Balk explained. “They were really lovely people. [The woman who owned it] wanted to retire. She couldn’t put the kind of money into it that it needed to keep it up and so it was going to be turned into a Chinese restaurant. I thought for the oldest occult shop in the country, that’s a tragedy. There was a man that used to work there and he had an encyclopedic knowledge of the subject and he was a sort of a teacher to me during [The Craft]. I thought, what a shame this is going to be turned into a Chinese restaurant. So I bought it and put some work into it and helped it survive.”

But people of course were like, ‘She bought an occult shop and she’s fully into this and it’s all real.’ That has taken on its entire own mythology that’s essentially out of my hands,” Balk continued. “You can tell the truth and talk to people but they want to believe what they want to believe. What can you do? I’m not involved with that shop anymore. It was a very long time ago.”



  • Missy Slaughter

    That was so cool of her to step in. is it still open?

    • Jeffrey Oak


  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Saw her in Indianapolis last month. She’s still Fairuza, no question. Nice lady as well.

  • Joe Blow

    Pan Pipes in Hollywood.

  • J Jett

    Fairuza is awesome! i loved her in THE CRAFT but i especially loved her in GAS, FOOD, LODGING.

  • BelmontPublicLibrary

    Lol! If she was, who seriously gaf?

  • Biscoito18

    She doesn’t fool me. Of course a witch will say she isn’t a witch.

  • Geoff Peterson

    We need to find out if she weighs the same as a duck, then we will know for sure.

    • Sylvain Thibodeau

      Nice reference to Holy Grail lol

    • Randy Moses


  • Edgar Pinecone

    Vicki Vallencourt is the devil!

    • Meatwad

      “No moma!”

  • xcalibrate ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    But she looks like one!

    • Meatwad

      Ooooo I like’em like that 😉

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    never trust a gap tooth.

  • Forca84

    From what I read she takes care of her Farm and loves animals.

  • SURE she’s not a witch! That’s what all witches would say. BURN HER, BURN THE WITCH, IF SHE CAN BE LIT ON FIRE THEN SHE IS A WITCH!!!!! ;-D

    • vixen

      o just like the dems~ we didn’t pay for that dossier to smear trump OF COURSE NOT then when theyre cought in a corner they fess up! the difference between these two are SIMPLE THERE WAS PROOF WITH DEMS.. HER: NOT SO MUCH YA SHE BOUGHT THE STORE SHE DIDNT WANT TO SEE IT GO UNDER, SOMEONE ELSE OWNS IT NOW THATS THE PROOF OF HER STATMENT YOU RETARDS

      • Runciter

        what a well-balanced, reasonable person you are

      • What does that have to do with my reply? AND FUCK YOU and anyone else who supports Trump. Take your treasonous Constitution hating fascist monkey drivel elsewhere Assfuck…

  • I know this is probably her most famous role, but the first role I still think of is her as Dorothy Gale in possibly the most disturbing OZ movie of all time.

    • AdamX

      Don’t forget Vicki in the Waterboy.

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