Alicia Silverstone will always be remembered for her star-making turn in 1995's surprise hit Clueless -- and then failing to meet expectations as Hollywood's next "It" girl.
In a new interview with Bullett magazine, the now 35-year-old poses in sexy lingerie and talks to her Clueless director Amy Heckerling about that tumultuous time in her life.
"There are so many things I would have done differently after Clueless, but I think we all have that period in our lives where we think, if I could just press the restart button!," she candidly admits.
Trading on her sudden popularity, a then 18-year-old Alicia got her own production company, First Kiss Productions, and put out the critical bomb Excess Baggage.
"When I was 5 years old, I used to go to my dad's office -- he had a little real estate company. I would sit at a desk and photocopy things and act like I was his secretary. Looking back, I see myself at Sony in that big office and I'm like, I was doing the exact same thing there!," she reflects. "I was this innocent little person who was completely confused and stuck, and yet there I was making phone calls to important people. I ended up color grading and editing that movie I made with them [Excess Baggage]. Why on earth would a 19-year-old girl be color grading and editing a movie?"
Though Amy doesn't place the sole blame on Alicia.
"You went through the biggest, craziest upheaval," she says. "But that's what happens when you take someone who's 17, and start telling her that all of these millions of dollars are dependent on her. There was a headline on the cover of a magazine back then that said, 'Can Alicia Silverstone Save Sony?' What the hell? I always thought you should be reading the classics and going on dates. It was just crazy, the weight that was put onto you."
But Alicia and Amy are set to make movie magic again, reuniting for the upcoming film Vamps.
"When I started writing it, I could never have imagined there would be so many things about vampires. I think they're going to be overtaken soon by zombies, who are so much more amusing. Hollywood is a rearview mirror: it sees ahead of itself what is actually behind it. I'm a night person, as you know. I'm always in the dark alone, and I've always related to that. What that has to do with sparkly people, I don't know," Amy jokes.
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