I had the honor of meeting Linda Blair at Monsterpalooza 2014; we actually had a relaxed, extended conversation where we connected over our mutual love of animals. I think part of the reason she gave me so much of her time and attention was because I didn’t ask her anything about her infamous and iconic portrayal of Regan MacNeil in 1973’s The Exorcist. “What can I ask her about that film,” I figured, “that she hasn’t already asked a million times before?”
Blair admitted as much, that she’s utterly bored with rehashing on-set experiences she had over 4 decades ago; she recently appeared The Morning Show and bemoaned: “What’s very discouraging at times is the inability (of the media) to look at what I’m trying to do,” she said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “On the Morning Show, they didn’t ask me one question of interest. I’m sad, but I’m not mad at them.”
While The Exorcist brought Blair fame and fortune, along with a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination, it also came at a heavy toll: Blair has been hounded by stalkers and religious conservatives ever since. And while she has over 60 film credits to her name, she will never be able to crawl out from under the weight of her Exorcist legacy. Still, she tries to parlay everything she does into her love of animals. A portion of everything she receives from merchandise and appearances goes right back into her organization: The Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation.
While The Exorcist has clearly been a blessing and a curse for Blair, she’s expressed interest in appearing in the new TV series based on the film, premiering on Fox tonight. For some unexplainable reason, the show’s producers have yet to contact her: “They keep saying ‘Linda Blair, Linda Blair’ and I’m like ‘stop teasing — put up or shut up.’ They have not contacted me at all. They have not reached out at all,” Blair complains.