The first Magic Mike film was released to great acclaim in 2012. It depicts the struggles in the life of a stripper, as it meanders through the several layers of the lives of each stripper. Magic Mike XXL was released in 2015, and with a budget of $14.8 million, it collectively grossed $122.5 million, so it certainly had its share of success. The lead character, Mike Lane, played by Channing Tatum, is coming out of stripping retirement in this sequel, dissatisfied with the lack of excitement in his post-stripping, mundane existence. Noticeably absent from the sequel was Matthew McConaughey, largely due to other commitments.
Crystal Hunt, the Daytime Emmy Award-Winning actress who played Stacy Morasco in One Life To Live, and Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light, has a feature role in Magic Mike XXL. Ms. Hunt plays the part of Lauren in this sequel. Playing alongside such mega-talents as Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith, this was a big break for Ms. Hunt, who later reported she greatly enjoyed being a part of that cast, and the camaraderie with the other women on set.
According to her Facebook, Ms. Hunt was born in Clearwater, Florida, and she actually started out in beauty pageants at the age of only 2. She went on through her very youthful career trajectory to do Disney commercials, and an anti-drug advertisement with the pop group, N’ Sync. In 2005, she appeared in the big Disney hit, The Derby Stallion. She went on to appear in another major film, Sydney White, in 2007, and by 2009 she was regularly working on daytime dramas.
In 2013, Crystal Hunt was in NYC Underground, which was a Lionsgate film that took an in-depth look at four teenagers from Brooklyn who were involved in a drug deal that had gone bad. Ms. Hunt has been inspired by her work on-screen so much, she decided to join her best friend, Dania Ramirez, and produce an Alfred Hitchcock style horror film, which was actually inspired by a true story.
Surely we will be hearing more from Ms. Hunt, as she has pretty much been steadily working since 2005, and her skill lends that she will likely continue to land roles in various projects going forward. TV.com has her full list of credits, and her photography website is always updated.