"It was very complicated and I don't think I knew how to manage it," she said.
Alicia Silverstone is talking openly about her struggles with her "complicated" career and life after Clueless. From her recent Super Bowl commercial for Rakuten, where she wore Cher's iconic yellow-and-black checked blazer and skirt, to her reunion with co-star Stacey Dash, featuring the two reenacting a memorable scene from Clueless, Silverstone's breakout character, Cher Horowitz, is making headlines again, PEOPLE reports.
With the release of Clueless in 1995, her fame grew significantly, and the celebrity is now sharing her experience with it. "When Clueless came out, it really shifted," she told The Hollywood Reporter in a conversation published in February, adding, "I had been the girl from Crush, then I was the Aerosmith chick, and then, after that, I was Cher."
Wish a Happy Birthday to the ever flawless Alicia Silverstone! pic.twitter.com/YoexcB9Fpo— Clueless (@clueless) October 4, 2021
She added, "It was very complicated and I don't think I knew how to manage it. I didn't have the foundation, the good tools to deal with it, I wasn't prepared for it in any way, shape, or form. I really had no idea what was happening, and it didn't feel comfortable."
Silverstone, who is also an environmental activist and a mother to her son, Bear Blu Jarecki, remarked she is "doing life right" when reflecting on her life and the experiences she has had over the years. "It isn't easy, being an activist, a mother, and an actress all at the same time. But I'm doing my best," she told the outlet. "I continue to do speaking engagements about health and our earth, all of that is really meaningful to me. The most important thing to me is being fully present with my son. As for acting, I'll keep finding a way to dabble, to stay in there."
Clueless, written and directed by Amy Heckerling and loosely inspired on Jane Austen's 1815 novel Emma, follows 15-year-old Cher Horowitz as she fumbles with family life, school, popularity, and the concept of love. In addition to Silverstone and Dash, the cast included Paul Rudd, who was making his acting debut, Brittany Murphy, Donald Faison, Jeremy Sisto, Breckin Meyer, Wallace Shawn, Justin Walker, Elisa Donovan, Twink Caplan, and Donald Faison.
Amy Heckerling, the writer, and director of Clueless, previously discussed her bond with Silverstone with PEOPLE. Asked who she talks to the most, Heckerling said in the 2020 interview, "I'm in New York, but I have a texting relationship with Alicia. And I love her, she's just so sweet. And she's so committed to so many good causes. And the way the world was reacting to her and what she could have turned into and what she is, it's just completely opposite." She added, "The [entire cast] was wonderful. And they all seem to really like each other and have fun together. And it was just a very wonderful atmosphere to be in."
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