Alicia Silverstone in “clueless.”
When Alicia Silverstone was cast to play spoiled Beverly Hills teenager Cher Horowitz in 1995’s “clueless,” she had no idea the film would become a box-office sensation, the impact of the fashion world for at least a decade, will leave a lasting mark on several generations of the viewers and make her a sought after star.
She was just exhausted.
“I worked non-stop,” the now 41-year-old actress told Into the Gloss on Monday about her first years in Hollywood. “It was crazy. So much so that I was tired when I started ‘Clueless’ just a little bit overworked person.
“Amy [Heckerling, the director of ‘Clueless’] had seen the Aerosmith videos [I was] asked to meet with me. ‘Clueless’ was fun, but at the same time it was just another job for me.”
Silverstone proved she ultimately took the life-changing occur because of Heckerling only. The 64-year-old filmmaker was also the director behind another iconic teen flick — 1982 “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”
That film, which starred Sean Penn as Jeff Spicoli, examined how a group of Southern California high school students enjoying their favorite subjects: sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
“I knew she was a talented filmmaker,” said Silverstone to the beauty site. “Cher was a really good part for me, because she and I are so different.”
Silverstone, who insisted that they have nothing to do with the wealthy high school socialite in real life, was eager to rise to the challenge.
“Amy probably against [the hairstyling team] ‘hair blonder,'” said Silverstone. “But the clothes… At the moment I was wearing a green T-shirt and jeans [for] all of my auditions. I had no fashion sense. I have so many fittings… and I remember that I was like, ‘Why is this so much time? This is so boring!’ But now of course, I understand.”
But for the big screen was nothing new for Silverstone, which had been her summer travels to England, where she discovered theatre, with her British parents.
Her first film was “the Crush” in 1993, in which she played a 14-year-old who attempts to sabotage the life of an older journalist (Cary Elwes) after he refuses her sexual advances.
Silverstone would then go to a rock muse for Aerosmith and appeared in three of their music videos: “Cryin’,” “Amazing,” and “Crazy.”
“The [Aerosmith videos] came after The ‘Crush,'” she explained. “That were fun and had a sense of female empowerment. If you look at the videos for that, it was like ‘tits and ass and objectification,’ right? Where I was playing this badass in flannel and combat boots — kick and run. After The ‘Crush,’ I ‘The Babysitter’ and ‘Hideaway’ and then I did a French film with James Gandolfini.”
However, Silverstone admitted she was not always comfortable with fame. In fact, they had something else on her mind.
“With the spotlight on me as a teenager was not feeling well,” she said. “I was a very young person when I really famous and I hadn’t planned, so I did not respond in a ‘Yay!’ way. I focused on the things that were important to me, the Earth, and animals, and make the changes in the world.”
Silverstone also said that from the age of 8 to 21 to the eating of meat just doesn’t feel right for her, morally. Then she became a vegan.
“When I turned 21, I saw a video about the bio-industry, and it just horrified me,” she said. “I was like, ‘How is this allowed?’ How is this possible? How are the people not in the streets screaming?’ I immediately went vegetarian.”
Today, Silverstone is a passionate advocate of veganism and has become a New York Times best-seller for her books about the compassionate vegan life. But when it comes to her breakthrough role as Cher Horowitz, she is anything but stupid.
Silverstone told Fox News a few years ago that they are very aware of the public continue to feel nostalgic about the ’90s classic.
“No one knew what a cultural phenomenon would be as it was, but I’m glad it still resonate with so many people,” she said. “And a whole new generation is watching it. Last night, a 15-year-old girl told me that all her friends had seen!”