Rachel True Biography
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Also Known As: Rachel India True
Born Country: United States
Born in: New York, New York, United States
Famous as: Actress
father: Richard True
City: New York City
education: New York University
Rachel True is an American actor, tarot-card reader, and former model, best known for playing ‘Rochelle,’ one of the four skirt-clad witches in Andrew Fleming’s cult-favorite teenage horror film ‘The Craft.’ She is also known for her performance in independent films such as ‘Nowhere’ and for her memorable roles in titles such as ‘Half Baked’ and sitcoms such as ‘Half & Half.’ She recently became vocal about the subtle racism prevalent in Hollywood and how it affected her career in the industry, after at least one public convention booked all three of her ‘The Craft’ co-stars for their event but chose to ignore her blatantly. “Sounds about white,” she remarked in a ‘Twitter’ post, which heralded her protest. She clarified that this had not been the first time she had been left out of events related to the film, recalling an ‘MTV’ awards show where all three other actors of the film were on stage, presenting an award, while she sat haplessly among the audience, uninvited. “Being left out of these events didn’t just hurt ego,” she posted, “it had a direct effect on POC (people of color) actors pocket books & public profiles & level of celebrity.” The media attention due to her habit of calling things out seems to have prompted some organizers such as ‘Monster-Mania Con,’ Cherry Hill, New Jersey, to have her join her fellow “witches” at their March 2019 event. However, True has not since minced her words about her experience in Los Angeles. “Hollywood made it clear I was not the leading lady but her quirky best friend,” she once remarked.
- Rachel India True was born on November 15, 1966, in New York City. Her father, Richard True, was of German Jewish descent. Her mother is of African–American and Native American ancestry. She is the second of the three children of her parents.
- She started nurturing dreams of becoming an actor early in life, influenced by her stepmother, renowned stage actor Verona Barnes, who had also raised her since she was 4 years old.
- Growing up in a Jewish household in New York's East Village had a considerable impact on the roles Rachel wanted to pursue later. A multicultural New York City had made True “blissfully unaware of her appearance,” until her parents moved upstate when she was a teenager. She once stated, “There was so much racism there, kids refused to sit or stand next to me because I was brown skinned. I remember thinking, ‘Oh, they think I’m not beautiful’. I’d never had to think about that before.”
- She was fascinated with the occult since her childhood, often immersing herself in esoteric books in her father’s library. Rachel was particularly drawn to two books: ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ By Nietzsche and ‘Man and His Symbols’ by Carl Jung.
- She learned to use spiritual practices to help her go through tough times and keep herself grounded. She acquired her first deck of tarot cards as a teenager and later became a professional tarot reader and practitioner.
- True attended ‘New York University.’ Her younger sister, Noel, the “whiter” of the two, is also a former actor and a one-time documentary film producer, who was active during the 2000s.
- She got her acting break in 1991, with a few episodes in the long-running ‘NBC’ sitcom ‘The Cosby Show.’ She played a friend to ‘Theo,’ portrayed by Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
- She moved to Los Angeles in 1993, beginning her full-fledged acting career with recurring TV roles in ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ (1993) and ‘HBO's ‘Dream On’ (1994–1995). Her first notable film job was the rap parody ‘CB4’ (1993), alongside Chris Rock.
- True’s next starring role came with ‘Embrace of the Vampire’ (1995), opposite Alyssa Milano, followed by what turned out to be the biggest film of her career, reinforcing her niche in the occult genre, the widely appreciated teenage witch film ‘The Craft’ (1996), alongside Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, and Neve Campbell.
- Immediately after, in 1997, she appeared in the series ‘Boston Common.’ Her critically appreciated portrayal of ‘Mel’ in Gregg Araki's indie ‘Nowhere,’ the third installment of his ‘Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy,’ also did wonders for her.
- True returned to commercial films with the stoner flick ‘Half Baked’ in 1998, opposite comic Dave Chappelle, followed by more recurring spots on TV, with ‘The Drew Carey Show’ (1997–1998) and ‘Once and Again’ (1999–2000).
- She did several inconsequential films after that, the only ones worth any mention being Greg Harrison's ‘Groove’ (2000) and the Taye Diggs-starrer ‘New Best Friend’ (2002). She later earned the role of ‘Mona Thorne’ in the ‘UPN’ sitcom ‘Half & Half,’ co-starring Essence Atkins. The show ran until 2006.
- In 2009, her “good friend,” two-time ‘Primetime Emmy’-winning actor, writer, producer, and comic Kathy Griffin, was responsible for her appearing in several episodes of Griffin's reality show, ‘Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.’
- After ‘Half & Half,’ True appeared in a few forgettable Black ethnocentric and multi-racial films such as ‘The Perfect Holiday’ (2007) and ‘Divas’ (2009), followed by a decade of sparse TV work and minor jobs in shorts and telefilms. She has also done a few voice roles.
- True has been doing some low-budget independent films of late, such as ‘Limelight’ (2017), ‘Good Grief’ (2017), and ‘The Manor’ (2018). She was last seen in a 2019 episode of the ‘Golden Globe’-nominated comedy–drama ‘Better Things.’
- In 2019, she was featured in the ‘Shudder’ original documentary ‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror,’ an adaptation of Dr. Robin R Means Coleman's seminal book of the same title.
- True often receives compliments for looking younger than her age. Some have claimed it is because she has never married or had children. She has never been in a public relationship and continues to be single. In 2009, she was granted a restraining order against a stalker.
- She and her ‘The Craft’ co-star Neve Campbell, whom she met for the first time on the sets of the film, are great friends. The two hit it off instantly and continue to speak to each other frequently.
- Her father passed away during the filming of the first season of her last major acting assignment, ‘Half & Half.’
- In a 2017 profile done by ‘LA Weekly,’ True revealed that she had trained herself as a tarot-card reader, as acting jobs had started drying up, and that she worked at the ‘House of Intuition’ in Echo Park, Los Angeles, reading cards for customers over the phone or in person.
- The actor has a website called ‘sometruethings.com,’ which doubles up as a personal blog where she writes about health, diet, wellness, and aging gracefully. It is also a business platform for her tarot-card reading services. She is also working on a book and a tarot set named ‘True Heart Intuitive Tarot,’ which is supposed to be part “tarot how-to with a Jungian slant” and part “Hollywood memoir.”
- According to a media report published on June 17, 2018, ‘Citibank’ filed a lawsuit against the actor for her inability or unwillingness to pay credit card dues amounting to more than $30,000. According to the complaint, True had not made any bill payments since late 2015.
- True set up a ‘Patreon’ account titled ‘The True Heart Society for Wellness & Intuitive Advancement’ in 2019. She does daily tarot-card pulls and explanations and makes videos about ageing naturally. She even plans to eventually conduct live tarot webinars.
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