One of the worst people I've ever met
I was a fan of Silverstone for years. I don't necessarily think she's a great actor (because she isn't), but I've always found her charming on screen. So last year, when I heard she'd be spending time on a set on which I was working, I was stoked. Her career may have dwindled, but she's an extremely beautiful woman, with a smile that could melt stone, and I was looking forward to meeting her in person.
And then I met her.
In this business, you can't help but meet a lot of a-holes. There are many people, both in front of and behind the camera, who think their shyte doesn't stink. Meeting such types is an unavoidable job hazard. But this... wow.
I have never met such a rude, obnoxious, self-entitled, condescending, bitchy excuse for a human being. She wasn't even a member of the cast--she was just visiting--and yet she acted like she was the most important person in the room, bossing people around and making demands. She insulted several folks on the set, she was openly hostile to anyone who dared to speak to her, and she very clearly looked down on all of us. Now, keep in mind that Silverstone hasn't done anything of consequence in many years, whereas pretty much everyone involved in the production have never stopped working. Even those of us who aren't household names because we work behind the scenes (I'm a script editor) have been working consistently throughout all the years that she has been unable to find any roles. So the disconnect between her diva attitude and the reality of her actual (non-existent) importance in Hollywood was staggering.
There were many guys on the set who were excited at the news that she'd be visiting. We'd all seen how adorable she was in Clueless and Blast from the Past, and it's hard not to have a crush on her after seeing those films. Within an hour after her arrival, however, pretty much everyone couldn't wait for her to leave. What a complete and utter nightmare. The person she was visiting ended up apologizing to everyone for her behavior, promising that she'd not be invited back. As for me, I can only hope I never work with her on any film or TV production... and I think it's safe to say that I don't have to worry about that happening.