We started yesterday with a ’90s flashback celebrating Neve Campbell’s 40th birthday–and just a few hours later, Neve’s former kiddie castmate Lacey Chabert was all over the internet in her bra and panties. So let’s do it again for Alicia Silverstone’s birthday and see which former costar takes off her clothes! It could work–and, in any case, there’s no ’90s damage in looking back at Alicia Silverstone’s too-brief reign as a total sex bomb.
Things weren’t easy for Alicia even during her early stardom. She made a big leap from one television role to a starring film role in 1995′s The Crush. She was only 15 years old when Alicia got a major media push in her role as the All-American Psycho Stalker Next Door. The Crush didn’t do very well at the box office, but Alicia’s budding young sensuality got her cast alongside Jared Leto in a remake of the classic B-movie The Cool and the Crazy. Alicia then got a second big break as the recurring star of three Aerosmith music videos released in 1994–”Cryin‘,” “Amazing,” and “Crazy.”
Silverstone entered her Barely Legal years with the disappointing horror movie Hideaway in 1995. Then the Summer of ’95 came along with Clueless. It was a perfect teen comedy that allowed Alicia to combine young vapidity with a complex character. In fact, Clueless is one of the best teen comedies of all time. The film critics picked up on how the tale of Beverly Hills teens was based on Jane Austen’s Emma, and the film created a lot of young stars–including Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy. (It even reunited Alicia with Hideaway psycho Jeremy Sisto.) It was like the Mean Girls of the ’90s.
Unfortunately, Alicia Silverstone went on to trash her career like Lindsay Lohan–but without the substance abuse. She signed on as Batgirl in Joel Schumacher’s very disappointing Batman & Robin. That’s the movie that killed the Batman franchise in the ’90s. Alicia looked pretty silly as Batgirl, and director Schumacher seemed determined to make Alicia seem as unattractive as possible. She has an offbeat beauty that needs to be lit just right. Alicia didn’t treat herself much better with Excess Baggage. The movie was made by her own production company, and stuck her in a dull kidnapping comedy playing an unpleasant version of her Clueless character.
The fine 1999 comedy Blast from the Past should’ve been a comeback, but Alicia went into the next century with a short-lived sitcom and a big-screen role as the villainess in Scooby-Doo 2. Alicia looked pretty hot when she guest-starred on the Suburgatory sitcom last year. She also tried a comeback by reuniting with Clueless director Amy Heckerling for the vampire comedy Vamps.
That didn’t work out, but the promotional tour showed that Alicia still looks good in lingerie. And even though Alicia’s now a health-obsessed MILF lecturing us about food issues, we’re always happy to take a healthy look back at the crazy Clueless days of the naughty ’90s…