Lisanne Falk was a popular television and film actress in the 1980s and 1990s, best known for her role as Heather McNamara in the movie Heathers.
However, Falk seemed to disappear from the public eye in the late 90s, leaving many to wonder what happened to her acting career. This article will take a look back at Falk’s early life and career, her most notable roles, and what she’s up to now.
Background Information and Early Roles
Born on December 3, 1964, in Long Beach, New York, Lisanne Falk began her career as a child model, working at the Ford Modeling Agency alongside Brooke Shields. Her modeling work even led her to grace the cover of Foreigner’s 1979 album “Head Games.” Her early exposure to the entertainment industry paved the way for her acting career.
Lisanne Falk’s early acting career began with a role as a model in the TV movie “Born Beautiful” in 1982. She then appeared in the film “Violated” in 1984, where she played the character Judy Engels.
In 1986, Falk took on the role of Stacy in the TV movie “Prince of Bel Air,” starring alongside Kirstie Alley and Mark Harmon.
The year 1987 was particularly significant for Falk, as she appeared in several projects. She played Jamie in “In the Mood,” Patti in “Less Than Zero” alongside Robert Downey Jr., Jami Gertz, and Andrew McCarthy, and Linda in “I Love N.Y.”
Finally, before her iconic role in “Heathers,” she appeared as Michelle in the TV series “Werewolf” in 1988, sharing the screen with Chuck Connors, Lance LeGault, and John J. York.
Lisanne Falk’s most iconic role came in 1988 when she played Heather McNamara in the black comedy film “Heathers,” alongside Winona Ryder.
“Heathers” is a black comedy film released in 1988, directed by Michael Lehmann and written by Daniel Waters. The movie is set in a fictional high school and follows the story of Veronica Sawyer, played by Winona Ryder, who is part of a popular clique known as the “Heathers.” The clique consists of three girls named Heather, and Veronica becomes disillusioned with their cruel behavior. She teams up with a rebellious student, J.D., portrayed by Christian Slater, to take down the Heathers, leading to a dark and twisted tale of revenge, murder, and teenage angst.
Lisanne Falk played the role of Heather McNamara, one of the three Heathers in the clique. As Heather McNamara, Falk portrayed a character who, on the surface, appeared confident and popular but was internally conflicted and vulnerable. Her performance added depth to the character, making Heather McNamara more than just a stereotypical high school popular girl. Falk’s portrayal allowed audiences to see the complexities and pressures of fitting into the high school social hierarchy, and her character’s development throughout the film added to the movie’s dark and satirical tone.
“Heathers” initially flopped due to the studio going bankrupt during its release. But through word-of-mouth and home video it gradually became a cult favorite. The film’s dark humor, witty dialogue, and unapologetic take on teenage life resonated with audiences, especially those who felt alienated by traditional high school films of the time.
After her breakthrough role in “Heathers”, Lisanne Falk continued to make her mark in the entertainment industry. She took on a diverse range of roles, including playing the Rock Manager in the segment “Los Angeles” of “Night on Earth” (1991), PaulaLaura in “Shattered Image” (1998), and Wendy in the short film “Casablanca” (2002). Falk also appeared in TV movies such as “Runaway Father” (1991) and “The Preppie Murder” (1989), and had roles in films like “Suicide Kings” (1997) and “The First to Go” (1997).
What Is Lisanne Falk Doing Now?
Lisanne Falk’s acting career spanned two decades, with her last appearance in a short film titled “Casablanca” in 2002. Since then, Falk has retired from acting and has been living a more private life.
In 2006, Falk moved to the United Kingdom, where she has since resided. In June 2019, she announced via her Instagram page that she had become a naturalized British citizen while retaining her American citizenship.
Now in her 60s, Falk seems content being out of the public eye and has not acted in many years. In a recent interview, Falk has expressed an openness to returning to acting or trying theater later in life.
When asked if she expected the film to remain relevant 30 years on, Falk discussed how it taps into universal school experiences of cliques, bullying, and wanting to fit in. She feels Heather McNamara was the most human Heather.
She’s proud the little film they made 30 years ago continues to connect with viewers and feels it’s a testament to the quality of the writing and themes that remain relevant. Falk is thrilled the movie is still finding new audiences today.