Magic Mike XXL is a film that was released to theaters worldwide in 2015 and is the spirited sequel of the 2012 film Magic Mike, which starred Channing Tatum as the lead role of Mike, who, along with his entourage of friends, became male strippers in order to develop fame and fortune. The original film made Tatum’s name famous, this second film takes place after Mike’s career as a stripper has ended and the character is now running his own furniture business. Alongside Tatum is actress Crystal Hunt, who plays the powerful female character Lauren.
Crystal Hunt is primarily known for her role as Stacy Morasco in the syndicated television drama series One Life to Live as well as Lizzie Spaulding in Guiding Light. Her role as Lizzie gained her an Daytime Emmy nomination, labeling her as a talented female performer.
Since she was two years old Hunt has been involved in performance, sprouting her roots through pageant participation and spreading out from this origin point into commercials and eventually into television programming and film.
The film itself is a surprisingly entertaining sequel, one that you would not consider to be as interesting or developed as the original, although shockingly this is not the case. There are some individuals who claim that this film is a pro-feminist movie, and to a degree there are aspects of that present, with strong female performances and characters successfully supporting the masculine caricature that is Tatum’s Mike, who strives to rediscover his excitement for dancing and to escape the hum-drum daily grind of his new career choice. The film is worth your time if you are looking for an exhilarating take on the male stripper industry.
Hunt’s role as Lauren in Magic Mike XXL gives her the opportunity to increase her fan base, and her chance to work alongside such powerful names as Channing Tatum, Jada Pinkett Smith and other Hollywood profiles has given her the star power she needs to break out of her position as a television based actress into a larger entertainment environment. Check out her official photography website for more on this up and coming actress.