Thora Birch Alludes to ‘Now and Then’ Drama: It Didn’t ‘Go Well’


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Teeny’s spilling the tea! Thora BirchIs reflecting on the filming of her beloved 1995 film Now and Then — but her memories aren’t exactly all warm and fuzzy.

“If I’m being honest, the thing was we were all 12 to 14 years old when we were making that film. And if anybody knows anything about 12 to 14-year-old girls, it doesn’t go well,” the Hocus PocusActress, 40, exclusively told Us WeeklyInformation about the May 5th coming of age classic

She still has a lot of affection for her former co-stars. “I love those ladies so much. You know what? I think we all played our parts perfectly. Gaby [Hoffmann]Samantha. Christina [Ricci]Roberta was and [Ashleigh Aston Moore] was Chrissy,” she said. “I miss Ashleigh so much.” (Moore tragically died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2007 at age 26.)

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‘Now Then.’
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In addition to the four younger characters, Now and Then’s cast consisted of some of Hollywood’s biggest heavy hitters at the time, including Rosie O’Donnell, Demi Moore, Rita Wilson and Melanie Griffith in supporting roles as the girl’s older selves.

Set in 1960s Indiana, the film followed a group of 13-year-old’s through a life-changing summer. Birch played Teeny Tarcell, the younger version of Griffiths’ character and a glamorous tween who was “a typical upbringing for actors and pathological liars,” as the movie states.

With sepia-toned nostalgia supported by an outstanding soundtrack that included timeless hits like “Candy Girl” as its backdrop, the film was an instant and unmistakable classic from the minute it reached theatres.

Fans were attracted to the trust between the four girls, who had been together for a short time between being a child and growing up. The teens spent their time sexing with boys (including Ricci). Devon Sawa’sThe second of two movie smooches that year, the first being in Casper), conducting late-night seances, having uncomfortable discussions of puberty and one of Birch’s personal highlights — taking long bike rides for a fleeting sense of freedom.

“Learning how to ride a bike was probably a highlight. As an L.A. girl, that’s not really part of your experience too much, riding around,” the California native explained. “But for all four of us, I think we really tapped into that sense of enjoying the freedom that these young women had back then. They were able just to get on their bikes and ride for two, three miles. It was a long trip for them. This was a huge, huge endeavor.”

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‘Now and Then.’
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Birch played Teeny in this drama before he was cast. Hocus Pocus. She played the annoying, but well-intentioned little sister Dani Dennison. Omri Katz’s Max.

Winner of the Screen Actors Guild award:Us that while the transition from playing a kid sister to a precocious teenager in the span of two years didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, it is now a “defining moment in my life.”

“When you’re living it, it doesn’t seem like so much. It seems just like, ‘Well, this is life, this is what happens,’” she notes. “But then when you look back, you’re, like, ‘Wow, that was a really beautiful space I was able to live in.’”

Birch denied that she would be returning to the festival, but she said it was unlikely. Hocus Pocus sequel that is currently in post-production, she is certain the film will be “fabulous.” However, she worries loyal audiences won’t be completely satisfied with the follow-up.

“There were a lot of things that had to fall in line in order to make every fan happy,” the Walking Dead alum explained. “And I don’t think that will happen, but no matter what, I’m so happy that they are revisiting it because the fans have been demanding it for so long. I think the film would be great no matter what, but I won’t be a part of it.”

Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy Sarah Jessica ParkerAll three sisters reprised their roles as Sanderson sisters, and the Halloween family-friendly comedy will debut on October 31, 2022.

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‘Now and Then.’
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Birch spoke previously about her interest to return for the revival, telling HollywoodLife in 2020 that “If they would have me” she would happily come back in some capacity, but cited “scheduling conflicts” to Entertainment WeeklyFor this reason, she died in March 2022.

Right now, Birch is busy with “Overleaper,” the new “espionage thriller” podcast that “tells the story of an American soldier who must stop her doppelganger’s plans to assassinate the President of the United States,” an official synopsis of the show reads.

ThePurple People Eaters actress was immediately intrigued by the idea of doing the podcast – not just for the compelling content, but for the illusion of “old Hollywood radio” the concept of podcasting gives its listeners.

“It just kind of appeared in my inbox all of a sudden … and I was like, ‘You had me at podcast.’ One thing I love about this space is that it harkens back to like the old radio style where the only outlet for entertainment you would have would be through radio f—ing airways. That’s what’s so cool about it is that now you’re in your car, you’re driving to work and you just put on a podcast and you actually do get sucked into some kind of weird space-time continuum. You can’t control reality. And so that was one thing that when I first read the script, I was, like, immediately attached to.”

The American Beauty star admitted that a second draw to “Overleaper” was the realization that she could “show up in sweats and a ponytail and no makeup” for the part. That, and the fact that while the podcast can get “really dark” at times, “at the end of the day, it’s all about the love of the family.”

The new 10-episode fiction podcast, which will be released weekly, is available for listening on all podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Reporting by Leanne Ston

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