Where Are They Now: The Cast Of "Clueless"
It’s been twelve years since the show ended and 16 since the movie premiered – but have the former "Clueless" actors retired off the Hollywood scene? As if! Here’s a look at what they’ve been up to this past decade:
Alicia Silverstone (Cher Horowitz): Silverstone, who played the iconic Cher in the movie, surprised audiences when she didn't reprise her role in the television series. However, she took on a couple of other big projects in the 90’s – including playing Batgirl in 1997’s blockbuster “Batman and Robin,” and voicing Sharon Spitz in the beloved animated series “Braceface.” She also starred in the short-lived 2003 NBC series, “Miss Match,” in which she played a Cher-like matrimonial attorney. Currently, she’s wrapping up filming for two new movies to be released in 2012.
Rachel Blanchard (Cher Horowitz): Fresh off her role in the popular Nickelodeon series, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?,” Blanchard replaced Silverstone as Cher on the small screen. After the show wrapped, she starred in the 2001 comedy “Sugar and Spice” alongside other big names Mena Suvari and James Marsden, and appeared in 2004’s “Without A Paddle” with Dax Shepard and Seth Green. Blanchard is probably still most known for her recurring role on the fellow late-90’s classic, “7th Heaven,” as Kevin’s girlfriend Roxanne Richardson.
Stacey Dash (Dionne Davenport): Dash, who played Cher’s equally-as-fabulous best friend in both the movie and series, has mostly stuck to television post-Clueless – appearing in recurring roles in series such as “The Strip” and The CW’s “The Game.” Currently, Dash is starring as Val on the Vh1 series “Single Ladies,” following three Atlanta girlfriends.
Donald Faison (Murray Duvall): Faison’s character was Dionne’s long-time boyfriend and fun-loving class clown; on the show, he even formed a comic bromance with character Sean Holliday. Faison hasn’t changed much – today, he is most well-known for his ten-year run as Dr. Christopher Turk on “Scrubs,” where he formed half of a comic bromance with Zach Braff’s character, J.D. Dorian. Besides “Scrubs,” Faison has worked on other popular television series such as “Felicity” and “The Boondocks.” He is also a familiar face in multiple blockbusters, such as “Big Fat Liar,” “Remember the Titans,” and “Uptown Girls” (with former “Clueless” co-star, Brittany Murphy).
Elisa Donavan (Amber Mariens): In a true testament to typecasting, Donavan (who played Cher’s shallow and superficial frenemy Amber), went on to play Morgan Cavanaugh – Sabrina Spellman’s shallow and superficial friend – on the television series “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” After that wrapped in 2003, Donavan appeared in several other series, such as “Judging Amy” and “The Lake.” She is currently starring as the (non-shallow and non-superficial) titular character on the comedy series, “In Gayle We Trust.”
Brittany Murphy (Tai Frasier): Interestingly, it was the supporting characters in the movie who seemed to go on to bigger roles post-“Clueless” – including Cher’s awkward ‘social project’ Tai (Murphy) and stepbrother Josh (Paul Rudd, below). Murphy, who died of pneumonia in 2009 at only 32, skyrocketed onto Hollywood’s A-List after her part in the 1999 Oscar-winning film “Girl, Interrupted.” After a couple more supporting roles in movies such as “Summer Catch” and “Riding in Cars With Boys,” Murphy snagged leads in hits like “8 Mile,” “Uptown Girls,” and “Little Black Book.” In 2010, she was honored for her achievements in the “In Memoriam” tribute at the Oscars.
Paul Rudd (Josh Lucas): After his movie role as Josh, Cher’s college-aged stepbrother who looked down on her superficial ways of life, Rudd began packing his résumé with the parts that would eventually land him his current status as king of cult-classic comedies. He played Phoebe’s husband Mike on the final seasons of “Friends,” then built up an impressive collection of comedic roles in blockbusters like “Anchorman,” “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Role Models,” “I Love You, Man,” and most recently, August’s “Our Idiot Brother.” He also just finished filming the highly-anticipated “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” alongside Emma Watson and Nina Dobrev.
From television stars to comedy movie royalty to gone-too-soon, the stars of the “Clueless” franchise have managed to remain in the news and on the Hollywood scene for almost a decade. Pretty impressive for a group of formerly “clueless” teens from the 90210! Here's hoping to seeing more of them in upcoming years!
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