Why Hollywood won't cast Lara Flynn Boyle anymore

Lara Flynn Boyle became a household name after her breakout role in the ABC mystery drama Twin Peaks (1990-91). With her trademark freckles and her knack for crying on cue, she was set to become a major force in the entertainment industry. However, fast-forward a few decades: Boyle's rarely seen on film or TV, so just what happened to her once-blossoming showbiz career? Read on to discover why this star has been largely MIA in Hollywood.

Her love life got in the way of her work

When actors allow their relationships to affect their projects, it spells trouble. Unfortunately, that's just what seems to have happened to Boyle, who dated Twin Peaks co-star Kyle MacLachlan.

According to co-star Sherilyn Fenn, the on-screen romance between Fenn and MacLachlan's characters ended because of Boyle's real-life jealousy. In an interview with The A.V. Club, Fenn said, "People got mad and jealous and… it was just stupid. Ugh." She explained: "Lara [Flynn Boyle] was dating Kyle [MacLachlan], and she was mad that my character was getting more attention, so then Kyle started saying that his character shouldn't be with my character because it doesn't look good, 'cause I'm too young."

Allowing a relationship to complicate a show's development? Not cool.

Her high-profile romances made her tabloid fodder

When a star is better known for their personal relationships than their professional work, it's a sure sign that their career is not on the right track. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Boyle had a string of famous boyfriends, including Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, and MacGyver himself, Richard Dean Anderson. While there's nothing wrong with an active dating life, it's not exactly beneficial to have a long list of ex-lovers in Hollywood—especially if fans are able to list more former boyfriends than hit roles.

She was entangled in a messy love triangle

While the right romance can do wonders for one's acting career, the wrong one—or ones—can hinder success. The latter appears to have happened to Boyle, who allegedly cheated on one-time boyfriend David Spade with movie star Jack Nicholson, according to the Daily Mail. Though she'd reportedly rebuked Nicholson's initial advances, Boyle was later caught with the actor after getting into a car crash. Given that Boyle reportedly "crawled out of the sunroof and yelled, 'I have a boyfriend! I can't be here,'" we'd say that the actress knew she'd been up to no good.

She hasn't had the best luck with movies

Sometimes movies flop—it happens to the best of actors. But when a series of projects receive poor ratings, stars can become associated with bad films, which hurts their chances at snagging better roles. So it goes for Boyle, who starred in a string of disappointments after starring in 1993's highly-rated Red Rock West. Her lackluster projects include Baby's Day Out (1994), Since You've Been Gone (1998), and Men In Black II (2002).

She craved fame more than career success

For an actor to truly make it big, they need to care about their craft. While we're not suggesting Boyle didn't care about fine-tuning her acting skills, she definitely seemed to focus more on living the luxurious life of a Hollywood A-lister.

"Look, I love being famous. I'm not one of those people who feels like, Why won't they leave me alone?" Boyle reportedly said at a Wayne's World reunion in 2013 (via the Daily Mail). "If I care only about the craft of acting, I'd be doing dinner theatre in Iowa."

Sounds like Boyle was a little too fame-hungry, no?

Her reality TV career ended before it began

In 2010, Boyle was reportedly in talks to star in a reality show centered on her dual lives—her home in Texas with husband Donald Ray Thomas II and her spot in Bel Air, Calif. where she pursued acting (via Deadline). The E! network even greenlit a pilot for the show. Unfortunately, the series never made made it to air, which is too bad. A reality TV show could have helped boost Boyle's recognition.

She thinks she's the 'bad girl' of Hollywood

Boyle may have put a halt on her upward career trajectory after she told Vanity Fair that she was a "bad girl" (via the New York Post). "I'm the kind of woman who, when she walks into a party, all the other women leave the room," she said. "I think I'm scary to people." 

Considering that studio execs need their stars to get along on set, it's possible that Boyle set herself up for failure by adopting an edgy attitude.

She was labeled a homewrecker

Boyle was once photographed with Star Wars icon Harrison Ford soon after the actor separated from his wife of 17 years, Melissa Mathison, reported ABC News. This, of course, led many to believe that Boyle had engaged in an affair with Ford. Though Ford denied the allegations, the damage had been done. 

In an interview with Vanity Fair (via the New York Post), Boyle said, "People really think I'm a home wrecker." It's probably not too easy to secure a new acting gig after people think you ruined Han Solo's marriage.

She lost out on a major TV comeback

TV reboots and revivals can be a blessing for actors' careers, allowing them to reemerge and reassert their relevance. The Twin Peaks revival in 2017 provided a great opportunity for several of its lesser-known stars. The third season debuted about 25 years after the series' original end, but Boyle was apparently not asked back. While she was reportedly "desperate" to rejoin the cast, co-creator David Lynch declined to discuss his reasons for not including her, simply telling TV Line, "This is a story that takes place without her." Ouch.

She's insecure about her age

Like many stars in the spotlight, Boyle once worried about growing older and losing roles to younger actresses. "I know I may be running out of time," she said (via the Daily Mail). "There are just not that many roles for older women. On a vanity level, I am not looking forward to ageing [sic] at all."

Did her fear of rejection influence her auditions? We're not sure, but it may have pushed her toward plastic surgery…

She's nearly unrecognizable

People were shocked to discover Boyle's new look in 2013. According to E! News, "the actress's puffier face is prompting speculation the former Twin Peaks star may have gone overboard with cosmetic procedures," noting that her signature pout "now appears to be fuller than ever."

Tabloids buzzed about her looks again in 2016. "It seems every time Lara emerges in public, her appearance is something to cause double takes due to the noticeable change," the Daily Mail reported.  

While the decision to have work done is a personal one, Boyle's allegedly altered appearance may have hindered her star power and rendered her even less recognizable to fans. 

Things can only get better

Having secured more than 50 acting credits to her name, Boyle has certainly left her mark on the entertainment industry. We believe it's only a matter of time before Hollywood is chanting Boyle's name once more. All it takes is one great role—even a small one—in a standout television or film project to kick her career back into high gear.