Since even before the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts, the world has been enthralled with witchcraft, sorcery, and Wicca. The witch hunts of early modern Europe and colonial North America were a way to root out evil, but wound up causing moral hysteria which led to the deaths of tens of thousands of individuals “accused” of practicing witchcraft.
Nowadays, the Salem Witch Trials are a source of fascination and bring in tourists from all over the world. Wiccan supply stores are located everywhere from small towns to metropolitan cities, and Pagan Witchcraft is recognized as a legitimate religion.
Hollywood has recognized the fascination with witchcraft over the years, with many different references that have become iconic. From the popular Bewitched television series that ran through to 1972 to the Charmed series that wrapped in 2006, the entertainment industry loves to portray witches with actresses that don’t exactly look the part. Usually witch-related portrayals rely more on special effects than the look of their characters. From girl-next-door Alyssa Milano to Melissa Joan Hart in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, this isn’t really the look you’d expect when you think about a sorceress.
While you may not want the entire green-skin get-up like Mila Kunis in Oz the Great and Powerful, you do kind of expect a darker and more sinister look. Check out our list for the 15 sexy starlets that look like modern day witches, and see which of your favorite actresses look like they could totally cross over to the dark side.
15 Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Balk is an actress that started off her career in the world of fantasy. Starring as Dorothy Gale in Return to Oz, this was a much darker take on the original time-honored Wizard of Oz. Unlike Judy Garland’s character that had a soft look (despite being 16 years old at the time), Balk was able to perfectly pull off the mix of innocence and madness in the sequel. The ability to exude this dark appeal became even more prevalent for her role as Nancy Downs in The Craft. Playing a modern day witch that uses her powers for evil, Balk featured extreme believability because of her look. The porcelain skin mixed with the ebony hair is the perfect combination to go with her haunting light eyes.
14 Krysten Ritter
Krysten Ritter has starred in a number of films throughout her career, including some hit flicks at the blockbuster end of things like Big Eyes and 27 Dresses. However, it’s her roles on television that made the biggest impact with fans. Playing the character of Jane Margolis in the hit show, Breaking Bad, and Chloe in Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23, Ritter isn’t afraid to exhibit the inner demons of a character. Initially, fans felt sympathy for her Breaking Bad character as the addict in recovery that was drawn back in by Jesse, but her blackmail scheming and erratic behavior quickly changed fans’ minds. Nailing the look, the attitude, and the dark spirit, Ritter fits the bill for a Wiccan look.
13 Helena Bonham Carter
When in search of a Hollywood actress to play the part of a witch, sorceress, or just overall evil character, you don’t have to look far beyond Helena Bonham Carter. As a favorite for Tim Burton films and the Harry Potter film series, she has played a witch in more than one film. However, it doesn’t seem like it’s just a character for Carter. Often seen on the red carpet donning black, tatters, and unapologetic in not conforming to modern day standards of what a glamorous movie star should look like, Carter is a definite favorite among those that approve of a darker look regardless of what others may think.
12 Liv Tyler
Not many actresses have the unique ability to play both a bad girl and the innocent girl-next-door like Liv Tyler. When she was first highlighted in the Aerosmith video for "Crazy," fans thought her portrayal of the Catholic school girl was spot on. Landing her similar roles in Hollywood, she was the beloved daughter in Armageddon and the ultra- good Arwen character in The Lord of the Rings film series. Yet, regardless of her roles on the big screen, her look on the red carpet and TV have a darker appeal. Her most recent role in The Leftovers showed just how disturbed she can portray a character, regardless of previous conceptions.
11 Katherine Waterston
While some actresses strive to get picked for the biggest blockbuster films with the most commercial appeal, Katherine Waterston steps out of the norm when it comes to her character picks. Starring in films like Inherent Vice and The Babysitters, her focus seems to be in character depth rather than mainstream success. Her look onscreen varies with each new character, ranging from girl-next-door to sexy seductress. However, her red carpet look has always embraced the dark side. Sleek ebony hair mixed with porcelain white skin, she draws in the audience with her blood red lips and haunting stare. While cartoon witches are always donning some sort of tattered black gown, Waterston puts a modern twist with black satin and sexy cutouts.
10 Marion Cotillard
French actress, Marion Cotillard, first became a mainstream success from the 2009 film, Public Enemies. Starring alongside movie stars like Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, Cotillard was perfect for embodying that Old Hollywood glam on and off screen. Yet, Hollywood execs must have seen the potential behind her haunting good looks, starring her in a number of hit films that show her as a dark and complex character. From the deeply disturbed Mal character in Inception to the homicidal maniac in the Batman series, Cotillard has a dark appeal that could easily translate into the realm of witchcraft and sorcery.
9 Lily Collins
Lily Collins may have portrayed Snow White in the film, Mirror Mirror, but she doesn’t have a look that is only suited to play a Disney princess. On the red carpet, she has a much more unkempt look that borders on the rock style that embraces a darker style. From piercings to red stained lips, she isn’t exactly the same pixie-haired beauty like she appears on screen. Her dark eyes and hair help to maintain this super-attractive appearance in her regular life, and has an almost Gothic undertone in its beauty. Showing that a modern day witchy look can be super sexy and youthful, Collins is a far cry from the typical green-skinned witch you might expect but she exudes the look nonetheless.
8 Laura Prepon
From Kirsten Dunst dying her hair red for the role of Mary Jane Watson to Angelina Jolie’s braided locks for her role as Lara Croft, the hairstyle can help define a character. However, Laura Prepon doesn’t seem to be defined by hair color. Starting off as a redhead in That 70’s Show and then transitioning to a blonde, it’s her most recent hairstyle change that are making fans see her in a new way. Completely changing her signature look, the dark hair is arguably the most flattering look to date. Bringing out her facial features and creating a witch-like appeal with the ebony hair, this is a definite upgrade from her former red-haired look.
7 Bella Hadid
When Yolanda Foster was first introduced to audiences on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, people seemed more intrigued by her two beautiful daughters that were quickly following her footsteps into the world of modeling. Gigi Hadid nabbed an ultra lucrative endorsement deal with Guess, and Bella Hadid signed to IMG Models in 2014. With a completely different look than her mother and sister, Bella took on the darker features from her father, Mohamed Hadid. Since she was often depicted as quiet, she was able to maintain a sense of mystery, which only intensified once she became romantically linked to The Weeknd.
6 Alice Englert
Alice Englert is an Australian actress that hasn’t starred in many roles beyond the films from her child acting career. While her 2012 film, Ginger & Rosa, received high marks by critics, it was her much darker character portrayal in Beautiful Creatures that really was her breakout role. The film was filled with sorcery that the locals called “Satanism,” and Englert completely embodied the Lena Duchannes character during the crucial time before her sixteenth birthday, where her true nature would be revealed. While the character ultimately leaned towards the light, her red carpet look often proves she can also lean towards the dark. Looking like a younger version of Morticia Addams, Englert is has the natural look of a modern day witch.
5 Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder is an actress that has been able to maintain her popularity over the years. Although many of her roles helped to accentuate her youthful look, it was the more obscure roles that she is most recognized for by her fans. Films like Heathers, Edward Scissorhands, and Beetlejuice solidified her as an actress that could embrace darker themes in film. While her look has transformed a bit in recent years, the scene in Black Swan showing her violently stabbing herself in the neck proved she still hasn’t gone all Hollywood just yet. Whether she maintains the pixie haircut or the long dark locks, Ryder has a sinister look about her that would be perfect for a modern day witch.
4 Eva Green
Eva Green is known for taking highly controversial roles, since her film debut was in the 2003 film, The Dreamers. When your first acting role involves simulating losing your virginity due to losing a bet and participating in some seriously dysfunctional incestuous tendencies, it’s no wonder Hollywood reaches out to Green for the more dark roles. While she did play a witch in Tim Burton’s film, Dark Shadows, it’s her character in Penny Dreadful that shows just how far she can go towards depicting the most sinister aspects of fantasy and horror. Although the bustle dresses and puffy sleeves have a certain amount of appeal on the show, it’s her off-screen look that best shows her bewitching modern day appearance.
3 Christina Ricci
When Christina Ricci was first introduced to audiences as a child actress, the world could already tell they were witnessing the flourishing of a very special kind of actress. Her portrayal as Wednesday in The Addams Family film series was more than spot on, since it embodied a much darker side than the former '60s Wednesday character from the television series. Since there are so many Hollywood actresses that have similar features, it is refreshing to see the signature and unique look of Christina Ricci. While she has been able to play a wide range of roles, fans love when she shows her deviant side, both on and off the screen.
2 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has had a wide range of different looks over the years, especially in film. From the blonde haired dreadlocks in Gone in 60 Seconds to the dark bang look in the Salt film series, she isn’t afraid to change up her look to suit a specific role. However, it is her off-screen look that offers the most bewitching appeal. The ebony hair and haunting facial features have always been part of her appeal, but the added dark undertones like the tattoos and the infamous vial of Billy Bob Thornton hanging around her neck were glimpses into her inner dark side.
1 Carlton Gebbia
Carlton Gebbia was first introduced on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. On a reality show that has an ever-changing cast, producers seem to always want to infuse some fresh meat into the already drama-filled cast of regular characters. After Taylor Armstrong, Adrienne Maloof, and Camille Grammer announced they would no longer be on the show; Carlton Gebbia was one of the newest Housewives hoping to gain a regular spot on the show. Although her lavish lifestyle was enough to earn her a spot, it was the admission of being a practicing Wiccan that made audiences interested to get to know Gebbia. From her pentagram tattoo to her medieval themed home decor, she is a modern day witch that doesn’t mind flaunting it.