Alicia Silverstone, the Clueless star, has been causing quite a stir on the social media because of her parenting style.
Best know for the coming-of-age teen comedy Clueless, Alicia, who was born in 1976 in San Francisco, California, has earned herself a multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Pictures after landing the role of Cher Horowitz.
According to the actress herself, she dreamed of being part of the Hollywood glam even as a child. ”I just knew I always wanted to do it – I didn’t mean movies necessarily. I didn’t even watch movies when I was little, I just wanted to be the word ’actress’, whatever that meant, I think,” she said in 1995.
However, being a teenage star did come with a price. Recalling the time she shot The Crush, which brought her two awards at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards, Alicia revealed she struggled on a personal level.
”Yes, I went to Canada by myself to do the film when I was 15, and I turned 16 on set. I was like, ‘I can do anything.’ But in my heart of hearts, I was lonely. So I trusted everyone, which was a mistake I learned from,” she told Interview Magazine in 2013.
Besides making a name for herself in the film industry, Alicia became a household name thanks to her appearances in music videos, which were a huge thing back in the day when they first gained popularity.
”In the Aerosmith videos, when Marty [Callner], the director, and I talked about doing Crazy, the one with Liv Tyler, we plotted it out together. Right away I said: “I’m not going to strip. I’ll be the man,” Alica told The Guardian.
It was in the Aerosmith video that filmmaker Amy Heckerling spotted Alicia and wanted her in Clueless.
The language used in the movie, the slang and the jargon, as well as the outfits which were original and style-changing, triggered a new trend followed by a huge number of teenagers. Clueless is still considered a classic.
Alicia starred in Batman & Robin, which “definitely wasn’t [her] favourite film-making experience,” and took part in other movies over the years.
In the 2000s, Alicia stepped down from the limelight. “I stopped loving acting for a very long time,” she told The Guardian.
In 2005, she married rock musician Christopher Jarecki with whom she had son Bear Blu Jarecki.
Recently, the actress, who is a vegan and promotes that kind of life, revealed that she still sleeps with her son, who is now 11 years old.
On The Ellen Fisher Podcast, Alicia said, “Bear and I still sleep together. If you were in any kind of wild setting where there are animals if you put your baby over there, your baby is going to get eaten, so it’s not ideal for your baby to be over there.”
Ellen responded that she felt the same when she also decided to co-sleep, saying ‘“Well, if I were sleeping outside in a tent, I wouldn’t put him in a separate tent.”
“I’m a loving mama. I believe in love, I believe in nature, and our society is scared of nature and love,” Alicia added, saying she doesn’t care what people think of her decision.
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This isn’t the first time Alicia to cause a stir when it comes to her parenting choices. Back in the day, when Bear was still very young, she posted a photo which showed the boy eating food he took from her mouth.
“He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating,” she wrote.
In 2011, the actress released her New York Times best-selling cookbook The Kind Diet in which she “shares the insights that encouraged her to swear off meat and dairy forever, and outlines the spectacular benefits of adopting a plant-based diet.”
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In recent years, Alicia returned to acting picking small but meaningful roles. 2020 was the year she starred in the comedy thriller Bad Therapy and the movie she exclusively produced, Sister of the Groom.
Speaking to The Guardian, she said, “I think I do really love acting still. I mean…I know I do! I hope to be doing theatre until I’m dead.”
At 46, Alicia Silverstone looks as stunningly beautiful as ever.
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