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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.

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http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/71221674.html?thread=12542588586#t12542588586

my ex bf worked on the Obama campaign in 2008, and she was one of their speakers at an event. She used the event as a soap box and started ranting about elephants and how we had to save the elephants. Then the entire thing became completely off topic and all about elephants and not about the campaign at all.

Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/71221674.html#ixzz44em5oB2o

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I love AS but elephants are a Republican crfitter, but a donkey would work (though I cannot criticize her as a crush or performer). She would have been great on a Captain Planet cartoon (though I hate cartoons using celebrity voices.Unless it's the late Jimmy Durante or the current Emma Stone.)

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prove that this happened or STFU.

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https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=16998376&postcount=204

On a different note, someone who would know told me Alicia Silverstone is deeply unpleasant in person, and quite miserable to work with. If true, that would certainly contribute to a lack of success. I think there are very few people that are so fabulous, by Hollywood standards, that they can get away with ...

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Well..she's nice. the others probaly deserved what happened. Not new...ever since Hollywood started there will be divas and those who aint.

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Arrogant bitch needs a slap, as any diva does... a bit like when people are in shock?

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What a disappointment she turned out. I guess that’s why it’s called acting.

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Wow. No wonder she hasn't been able to get much work in big films. Nobody wants to deal with her. She apparently has something in common with William Shatner and Crispin Glover.

What I don't understand is, how can she be so delusional as to think she's the center of the universe after all these years? I mean, "Clueless" came out 25 years ago! Most people who watched it have forgotten about it by now! I took a look at her filmography, and she's mostly done forgettable tv and voice acting roles.

And you wonder where the trope https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NiceCharacterMeanActor comes from in some stories. Oftentimes, those writers don't really need to make that up. All they gotta do is experience what the OP did.

It reminds me of something a classmate told me in 6th grade. At the time, I was still watching "Full House" and was a fan of the Olsen Twins. I twas telling this girl about them, and then she tells me she actually got to go to Hollywood to get their autograph, but she said in person, they were little brats. In fact, this classmate claims that she overheard them yelling at their manager behind a closed door while waiting for their autographs. Being 11, I didn't know to question such a claim, but an adult would have asked for proof of this. I have no idea if she was lying to me or not, but my views of the Olsen Twins were tainted after that.

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You should check out this interview with Alicia Silverstone from Movieline:
https://lebeauleblog.com/2016/03/20/alicia-silverstone-the-crown-princess-of-young-hollywood/

Poor Stephen Rebello was tasked with interviewing a pre-Clueless Alicia Silverstone for the March 1995 issue of Movieline Magazine. At the time, Silverstone was best known for her Aerosmith videos and The Crush. In the interview, she gets very defensive about her sexy image and very catty about any other actress whose name is mentioned.

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Ok, link was broken, but I found the article using their search function.

So, based on what she was like in this interview at age 18, before starring in "Clueless," and how she has behaved since then, it appears she was always an self-entitled bitch, as well as not very good at articulating her own thoughts unless her words are scripted. She also appears to be very delusional about how the real world views her, vs. how she views herself.

For the record, most people have never even heard of the movie "Crush," and nobody under 25 [at the time] would have watched Aerosmith's videos or listened to his music.

Hell, the only reason us little girls and teen girls of the 90s even knew about Clueless was because it was shown on tv a lot, as well as merchandising. I remember a lot of dolls based on the characters were sold, and it became very popular for a time to imitate Valley-Girl talk, particularly when you saw rich, bitchy, popular girls on tv or in cartoons.

It's not like that anymore.

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*FIXED*

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Here's some excerpts:

“People think, ‘Wow, you’re an actress, so people must be really nice to you and kiss your ass.’ Nobody kisses my ass. On the contrary, people are mean; make me feel like a nobody. Take, like, Leonardo DiCaprio’s whole group, those kids that do the Young Hollywood scene. Now that I know Leo, I know he’s really separate from them, but a lot of girls in that crowd say things about me like, ‘Why is she getting all these parts? She just uses her sex, that’s why.’ If they only had a clue how much I’m constantly avoiding that. I’ve only made love with one person in my whole life. I don’t really like men–there’s so much machoness–I just like them to be my friends. Guys are all trying to be like, ‘Screw as many girls as you can.’ They’re so ridiculous, so pathetically insecure. That’s probably why my favorite thing in the world is a box of fine European chocolates which is, for sure, better than sex.”

Such pronouncements, uttered by Alicia Silverstone with the solemn conviction that only a just-turned-18-year-old can bring to a conversation, could deflate this great nation’s collective tumescence for the girl who played the jailbait temptress of The Crush, and then slinked her way through three popular Aerosmith videos. Well, almost deflate it: I mean, have you seen her in that movie or those videos? All that and the MTV Movie Awards she’s won have brought Silverstone exposure that has put her in a place where she’s now starring in four more films due out this year. And, she’s about to tear into the sought-after centerpiece role in director Amy Heckerling’s big-studio comedy Clueless, a Fast Times at Ridgemont High-type spin on Jane Austen’s Emma. Silvers tone has become, arguably, this season’s most desirable Hollywood teen dream girl.

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Continued:

Blame it, if you like, on the way she looks – Silverstone could be the secret offspring of ’60s superstarlets John Phillip Law and Sue Lyon–but people do wonder if, as the old James Brown song put it, Silverstone’s used what she’s got to get just what she wants. “Every one of those movies I auditioned for, every job, I worked my ass off to get” asserts Silverstone over breakfast at the Chateau Marmont, “If people look at what I do and go, ‘She’s just really sexy and pretty, that’s all,’ that’s total bullcrap. How many millions of pretty girls have been in videos without ever going on to do a lot of movies? What studio executive cares about pretty girls who appear in music videos? You don’t get to carry a whole film unless people see that you’re able to carry off a whole film. Period.”

Agreed, but surely Silverstone has noticed the attention men in this town have been all too willing to pay her. ”I do notice it.” she says. “I mean, some guys are so obvious. Old men, older men, do it all the time, they’re always looking at me. There’s weird stuff out there and I sense it very fast, so I usually run the other way. I’m not very sociable. I really stay away from it. Many people right now tend towards making me appear the ‘sex girl’–people just know me from one movie and the videos. When my next couple of movies come out they’ll go, ‘Wow, she’s not a psycho crazy person or a tough brat.'”

Why is Silverstone so eager to throw off the siren image she’s known for? Didn’t giving off heat waves in their earliest roles do nothing but good for Demi, Julia, Patricia, Winona, et al.? What’s wrong with being thought of as sexy in an industry that feeds on it? “I’m also very good at doing a thousand other parts,” she demurs. “If people just go, “Wow, you’re really sexy’ and don’t get anything else about me, it’s limiting.

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Don't worry, I read it.

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“I’m also very good at doing a thousand other parts,” she demurs. “If people just go, “Wow, you’re really sexy’ and don’t get anything else about me, it’s limiting."


How is this a negative reflection on her? She knew she was 'hot' at the time and it attracted ogling men, but she naturally wanted to be appreciated for more than just that. Who wants to be a one-trick pony if their talents are more diverse?

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ALl that glitters isn't gold.

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Are you sure that was the real her? Maybe she was going through her drug phase or something.

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