Alicia Silverstone felt hurt when tabloids began to comment on her weight and appearance.
Clueless is one of the most memorable teen comedies of the 90s. However, while the film dealt with a fun and flirty premise, the story wasn’t the best part. It was Alicia Silverstone’s perfectly passionate portrayal of Cher Horowitz that made the film what it is today. More than two decades later, Alicia Silverstone continues to act, but her interesting relationship with Hollywood has made her re-evaluate what is important.
The star was only 15 when production began on her first film, The Crush. Clueless was filmed shortly after, giving her a quick shot to stardom. Though, while she was getting plenty of interesting roles, there was a dark side to her instant rise to fame. She recently spoke with The Guardian about how the media’s perspective of her changed following 1997’s Batman & Robin where she played Batgirl.
“It was just really extreme how I was being talked to and talked about,” Silverstone said, recalling how tabloids began discussing her body and appearance in a negative light. “It was hurtful but I knew they were wrong. I wasn’t confused. I knew that it was not right to make fun of someone’s body shape,” she went on to add.
Despite all the negative attention, Silverstone recalls trying to take the toxicity and hurt as a chance to learn more about her passions. So, she tried to be an actress and activist. Fortunately, she managed to find a way to do both and thrive. She now only takes on movies that she’s drawn too, including some “weird” ones. Additionally, she is using her following on social media to draw attention to causes that are important to her, like animal cruelty.
Despite being hurt by negative comments about her body in the tabloids, Alicia Silverstone has learned how to handle the good and the bad by being aware of “the bigger picture” and her power in it all.