This past weekend, the modern film classic Clueless celebrated its 25th anniversary. A quarter of a century? As if! Alas, it’s true.
To honor the holiday, Alicia Silverstone, who brought Cher to life in the movie, spoke with Vogue about Clueless and its enduring popularity years down the line. When asked what was especially meaningful to her when the film was released, Silverstone said she loved how gay men embraced it.
“I was really well-received by the gay community after Clueless came out,” Silverstone told the magazine. “They’ve always been my people. I don’t know if it’s just this film or my vibe that’s endeared me to them, but that has always been my favorite aspect of the film. Particularly what it means to gay boys.”
The actress went on to explain how she has a real-life Christian (Cher’s classmate who she tries to date before realizing he’s gay), who is funnily enough also named Christian—Siriano, that is.
“Whenever we hang out, he’s basically like my boyfriend,” she explained. “We love each other so much and I’m sure some of that stems from him really admiring Clueless and what Cher meant to him and all of his friends growing up.”
“Stems”? We see what you did there, Silverstone.
As NewNowNext previously reported, Clueless was written and directed by Amy Heckerling. The original 1995 teen comedy classic was loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and set in the ’90s Beverly Hills high school scene.
The film, which helped launch the careers of Silverstone and Paul Rudd, also starred Breckin Meyer, Jeremy Sisto, Stacey Dash, and the late Brittany Murphy. A TV spinoff ran for three seasons.
Silverstone led the cast as Cher, a ditzy popular girl who likes to play matchmaker. Justin Walker played Christian, Cher’s stylish love interest, who is ultimately revealed to be gay and famously described as a “disco-dancin’, Oscar Wilde readin’, Streisand ticket-holdin’ friend of Dorothy.”