Robin Tunney appeared in two of the greatest films of the '90s: Empire Records and The Craft. She appeared in Empire Records as Debra: the most freakish and macabre of the disenfranchised Empire Records staff. Debra takes a serious ride on the rollercoaster of teenage upset throughout the film: gets her heart broken by a boy, shaves her head, then requires a fake funeral curated by Liv Tyler. You know, like we all did when we were young and angsty.
Debra was snarky, badass, intelligent, and the kind of girl I wanted to be badly between the ages of fourteen and fifteen (everybody else wanted to be Corey but hey, each to their own). Empire Records is undoubtedly one of the silliest movies of all time but it still proved to be a substantial platform to launch the careers of Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger. Not so much Robin Tunney though – for some reason her career following The Craft did about as poorly as Empire Records did in critical reviews.
These days Robin Tunney enjoys a (very) mild amount of fame via her role in The Mentalist – if you haven’t see it, don’t feel bad, neither have we, just think of it as the reason that Simon Baker talks in an American accent in all those ANZ commercials. Tunney actually received a People’s Choice Award in 2009 for her part in The Mentalist so she’s still got an audience out there somewhere (we just haven’t met them). We’ll just remember her as the rad riot grrrl symbol in Empire Records chastising Renee Zellweger for wearing short skirts, thankyouverymuch.
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