You may recall actress Heather Donahue from her starring role in The Blair Witch Project. The film made her an overnight success but in the time since she’s followed a very different career path.
Donahue has a new book coming out called Growgirl. The book details her year spent growing medical marijuana in Northern California.
The book hits stores and e-book form this week and the Hollywood Reporter has a new interview with Donahue. They discuss her time with Blair Witch and Growgirl. Here’s a sample:
The Hollywood Reporter: Every story starts by mentioning that you’re the Blair WitchGirl.
Heather Donahue: I’m so used to that by now. I’ve been the Blair Witch Girl pretty much my whole adult life. It doesn’t come as a surprise. It’s my own fault for that confessional scene. I have no one to blame but myself.
THR: When was the last time you saw the movie?
HD: I watched it at the 10th anniversary screening [in 2009]. I found it really endearing. I hadn’t seen it in theaters when it first came out. It struck me as really sweet and earnest in a way that has been kinda lost in all the publicity. I found a lot of humor in it, which I had forgotten about. The whole endeavor was taken on with such innocence and enthusiasm. It was nice to be reminded of that because that got lost once the film became so successful.
THR: After a decade of bouncing around Hollywood you decided to give up acting and as a symbolic act you burnt most of your possessions in the desert, except for the iconic flannel shirt and wool cap from the movie.
HD: The flannel shirt I gave to a homeless man. But it was to hot for LA so he threw it over the fence of this abandoned liquor store where my friend Mr. Kim had been shot in the face. I watched it bake in the sun each day as I would walk by. About six months after I moved, I went back and it was gone. I still have cap.