Not many child stars make the transition into a major career as a grown up working actor. Yet there are exceptions to the rule, and right now it looks as if Crystal Hunt, the former teen soap opera star turned actress and producer, is one of them.
An Early Start in Show Business
Crystal began her career early, with appearances in pageants when she was just a two year old toddler. Her engaging personality and beauty caught the eye of casting agents, however, and soon Crystal was working in commercials regularly. She appeared as a small child in an ad for The Walt Disney Company’s 25th Anniversary celebration, as well as many others.
A Young Soap Star
From commercials Crystal parlayed her way into soap operas, and she achieved stardom in the role of Lizzie Spaulding on the CBS Network soap, “Guiding Light,” where she appeared from 2003 until 2006. Along the way she garnered a Daytime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series. She followed this role with several appearances on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” where she appeared from 2009 until 2012.
Along with her numerous television roles, Crystal also began a film career as a child, appearing in films like “The Derby Stallion” and Universal Pictures’ production of Sydney White. More recently, however, she has come back to films as a grown up actress, playing a key role in “Magic Mike XXL” in 2015, co-starring with Channing Tatum in the male stripper comedy/drama. She also served as producer on “Talbot County” in 2015.
Even as Crystal’s grownup roles in films have continued, she is also back in the soaps. Crystal was one of several former soap stars who joined in on the engaging soap/reality series “Queens of Drama” on the POP Network in 2015. Crystal co-starred with Donna Mills, among others, in the well reviewed series.
As Crystal Hunt continues her career reinvention, it’s clear that her Facebook fans have many great roles and performances to look forward to.