Christina Ricci's latest choices have not just mattered, but they've been good ones—really, really good ones. In fact, the change of perspective brought on by motherhood seems to be exactly what Ricci needed, because she's been on fire ever since. For one thing, she's no longer trying to go against the grain of her legacy for the macabre and quirky; instead, she's straight-up embraced it, and thrived. In 2015, she took on the title role in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, playing the notorious axe murderess who was acquitted in the late 19th century for the brutal killings of her parents. And in 2017, she'll lead the cast of a biopic series about Zelda Fitzgerald, the beautiful, brilliant, and deeply damaged wife of famed American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.
In other words, it's the most natural evolution on earth for the girl who became famous for playing Wednesday Addams—and Ricci is the first to admit that while these roles might be predictable, they also feel right. In an interview with the Today Show in advance of the Lizzie Borden Chronicles premiere, she said, "I've always sort of trusted my instincts, and if you do the things you naturally gravitate toward, there's going to be a through line through your career. And all your choices are going to reflect who you are, and your taste."
And at this point in her life—as a wife, mother, and showbiz professional with nearly three decades of experience under her belt—Ricci knows exactly what her taste is, and what kind of roles she intends to play from now on. As she put it, "I really love a crazy person."