The Guardian | Thora Birch: how Hollywood’s darling disappeared
This week Hadley Freeman published an article in UK daily The Guardian which looked into the disappearance from public life of actress Thora Birch. At one time a household name for her performance in American Beauty and to a lesser extent starring alongside Scarlett Johansson in the much acclaimed Ghost World Birch is a talent that seemed destined for a long career in the limelight, yet seemed to fall off the radar.
In a West Hollywood restaurant Freeman met up with Thora Birch to find out what the former star is up to now, and the fate of some of her peers who established their names at around the same time at the turn of the century.
“In her heyday, Birch was a lovely, natural presence on screen, the foil to her glamour-puss contemporaries, such as Mena Suvari (who also, less surprisingly, faded away) and Scarlett Johansson (who did not). She often seemed pleasingly detached from the Hollywood fluff machine, making a begrudging smile on the red carpet.
“I tried to walk a fine line between being alluring and somewhat glamorous but maintain a strong identity and pursue things that were a little more thoughtful, and I guess nobody really wanted women to do that at that time,” she says.”
For the full interview visit The Guardian.
In 2009 Thora Birch appeared in a video for Limp Bizkit’s track Eat You Alive. She played a seemingly sympathetic victim to Fred Dirst’s obsessive admirer. The video also featured Bill Paxton who leads a mob determined to hunt Dirst down.