"Blair Witch" actress details how life went to pot

Fri Jan 6, 2012 3:43pm EST
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Heather Donahue is best known for 1999 horror film "The Blair Witch Project" that showed her hyperventilating and weeping in the forest as she and her friends were terrorized by unseen evil.

The low-budget horror movie became a blockbuster hit, but did little to help Donahue's fledgling career as an actress.

The 37-year-old is back in the media spotlight with another weird tale from the hinterlands. This time she is out talking about a memoir she wrote called "Growgirl" that tells of a year she spent growing medical marijuana in Northern California. The book was published on Thursday.

Donahue said she hopes it is the start of a new career as a writer. She has turned her back on being a struggling actress. Her biggest roles, aside from "Blair Witch," were on television in the miniseries "Taken" and an appearance in the comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

California voters decriminalized medical pot in 1996, but growers operate in a legal limbo. Federal officials maintain the drug is illegal under U.S. law, and they have cracked down on some growers and dispensaries in the state.

Donahue talked to Reuters about her experiences.

Q: So was "Blair Witch" good for your, or bad?

A: "I'm very proud of my role in 'The Blair Witch Project.' I feel like I did my job.   Continued...

<p>Actress Heather Donahue is shown in an undated photo taken in Dresden, Germany. REUTERS/Courtesy of Heather Donahue</p>