Activist and Actress Thora Birch endorses Wiley Nickel for NC Senate District 16

By January 29, 2018 No Comments

Cary, NC Activist and actress Thora Birch has endorsed Wiley Nickel for NC Senate District 16.

“Are you as tired as I am of all the Hocus Pocus coming out of local and federal governments these days? I believe it’s time to start building a secure, prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation right here in beautiful North Carolina. That’s why I’m supporting Wiley Nickel for State Senate. Wiley Nickel has a record of working closely with some of the top leaders who are standing up and fighting to protect our environment. Wiley truly cares about expanding North Carolina’s middle class and providing more funding for public education. Please vote on May 8th to elect Wiley Nickel to North Carolina’s State Senate.”-Thora Birch

Meet Thora Birch. Named after the Norse god of Thunder, Thora was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of four, a close family friend noticed her outgoing personality and an uncanny knack for imitating commercials. At the age of six (and 40 national commercials later) she landed a spot on the NBC sitcom, Day by Day (1988) and won a Young Artist Award for her introductory performance in the family film, Purple People Eater (1988) with Shelley Winters and Neal Patrick Harris. Shortly after that, she landed another role in a short-lived sitcom, Parenthood (1990) based on the film of the same name and co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

She picked up her last name (was previously credited simply as ‘Thora”) and gained widespread praise for her turn in Paradise (1991) as a neighborhood tomboy living next door to Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. She scored a high-profile supporting role as Harrison Ford’s daughter in Patriot Games (1992) and reprised the role in Clear and Present Danger (1994). In between those two films she kept busy with All I Want for Christmas (1992), Hocus Pocus (1993), and Monkey Trouble (1994). In ’95, Birch graduated to an adolescent territory with her turn in Demi Moore’s 1st producing effort, Now and Then (1995) and followed that up with the top-billed role in the snowy adventure, Alaska (1996).

She started out 1999 with the made for TV Night Ride Home and ended it with the Academy Awards’ 1999 pick for Best Picture, American Beauty. Reaching this higher level of success launched a series of edgier and/or more mature roles for Thora in The Smokers (2000), Dungeons & Dragons (2000), Ghost World (2001, for which she received a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination), The Hole (2002), Homeless to Harvard (2003, Emmy nomination), and Slingshot (2005), following up with a dual role in Dark Corners (2006). She has been seen in Train, Deadline, and Pregnancy Pact. Her first producing effort, Petunia, is available on iTunes and Netflix.

After taking a break to focus on school, Thora resumed her acting career to great fanfare, beginning again by appearing in Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal’s hit television series Colony. Thora has four upcoming films, including playing Emilia Clarke sister ‘Jolene’ opposite Jack Huston and Johnny Knoxville in Phillip Noyce’s Above Suspicion (reuniting her with her director from Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger); The Etruscan Smile, starring opposite Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, and JJ Feild; the political thriller Public Affairs; and the romantic comedy The Competition which was her first foray into the genre.