As if! One movie defined an entire generation of Bettys and Baldwins upon its release in the 1990s: "Clueless." Amy Heckerling's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma," which focused on a popular, well-meaning Beverly Hills high schooler trying to play matchmaker for all her friends, is one of the most critically acclaimed teen comedies ever. It also became a pop culture phenom, spawning a TV series, books, dolls, accessories and an entire new language that became quintessential '90s slang. The mostly unknown ensemble cast also turned into some of the hottest young stars of the decade. To celebrate the film's 25th anniversary on July 19, 2020, join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at what its stars are up to now…
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Alicia Silverstone led the "Clueless" crew as Cher Horowitz, Beverly Hills' resident teen matchmaker, a girl with the power to sweetly manipulate teachers into giving her better grades, turn any student into the most popular girl in school and seemingly develop a computer program to always have the best fashion ensemble.
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"Clueless" made Alicia Silverstone a household name. Prior to playing Cher, Alicia made her on-screen debut on an episode of "The Wonder Years" in 1992 and followed it with her first film role in the 1993 thriller "The Crush," which won her two MTV Movie Awards. Soon after, the San Francisco-born actress garnered major buzz for her work in the Aerosmith music videos for "Cryin'," "Amazing" and "Crazy." ("Clueless" director Amy Heckerling cast Alicia after spotting her in the videos.) Following the comedy's massive success, the star skipped the TV adaptation to sign a multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Pictures, but she struggled to garner another major hit, taking on roles in flops like 1995's "The Babysitter," 1997's "Excess Baggage" and 1999's "Blast from the Past." Most notably, she starred as Batgirl in the critically reviled "Batman & Robin" in 1997. In the 2000s, Alicia took smaller roles in projects like 2000's "Love's Labour's Lost," 2004's "Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" and 2005's "Beauty Shop." She also moved into TV with the short-lived "Miss Match" in 2003 and voiced the titular character on the animated series "Braceface" in 2001. Alicia made her Broadway debut in a 2002 stage version of "The Graduate" and has continued doing theater in both New York and Los Angeles since. The animal rights activist has become a New York Times bestselling author with her vegan nutrition books. More recently, Alicia was seen in 2017's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" and "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," 2018's "Book Club" and as the lead in Paramount Network's "American Woman," which was based on the childhood of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Kyle Richards. In 2020, she appeared in the musical "Valley Girl" remake and played Kristy's cool mom on Netflix's "The Baby-Sitters Club" reboot. Alicia was married to musician Christopher Jarecki, with whom she shares son Bear, from 2005 to 2018.
Stacey Dash played Dionne Davenport, Cher's closest friend and confidante who assists the well-meaning teen with her various schemes while also handling a full plate of drama with her boyfriend, Murray. Dionne is also trying to navigate Los Angeles's crowded freeways without getting anyone killed.
Stacey Dash had a number of smaller projects to her name before landing "Clueless," like 1992's "Mo' Money," 1994's "Renaissance Man" and a 1985 appearance on "The Cosby Show." "Clueless" was a breakout moment for Stacey, who was 28 but playing 16 at the time of filming. The New York City-born actress reprised her role as Dionne on all three seasons of the film's TV adaptation. She then got parts in 2003's "View from the Top" and television shows like "Eve," "CSI," "The Game" and "Single Ladies." Stacey generated buzz for her work in Kanye West's "All Falls Down" music video in 2004 and a nude pictorial in Playboy in 2006. Since then, the star has made more news for her politics than her acting. Stacey joined Fox News as a conservative commentator in 2014 and came under fire for numerous comments she made as an outspoken Republican. Fox News ended their contract with Stacey in 2017, and she soon attempted a California congressional run in 2018 though withdrew from the race a month after announcing her candidacy. She has been married four times: to producer Brian Lovell from 1999 to 2005, to British executive James Maby from 2005 to 2006, to actor Emmanuel Xuereb from 2009 to 2011, and to lawyer Jeffrey Marty from 2018 to 2020. She has two children. In 2019, Stacey was arrested at her Florida home on a domestic battery charge following an argument with then-husband Jeffrey. She pleaded not guilty, and the case was soon dropped at his request.
Brittany Murphy shined as Bronson Alcott High transfer student Tai Frasier, who Cher immediately takes under her wing in an effort to make Tai popular and find her love despite the new student not caring about physical appearances or popularity.
Brittany Murphy became one of the biggest breakout stars of "Clueless." She first pursued acting as a teen, landing small parts on '90s TV hits like "Frasier," "Sister, Sister," "Party of Five" and "Boy Meets World" before leaping to the big screen with "Clueless." She followed it with roles in 1996's "Freeway" and 1999's "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "Girl, Interrupted." Brittany also secured a lead voice role on the animated hit series "King of the Hill" for 13 seasons beginning in 1997. The Atlanta-born star made her Broadway debut alongside Allison Janney in a 1997 production of "A View from the Bridge." Brittany became a box office force in the 2000s with her work in 2001's "Don't Say a Word," 2002's "8 Mile," 2003's "Uptown Girls" and "Just Married," and 2005's "Sin City." She got a chance to show off her singing talents in the 2006 animated musical hit "Happy Feet" and released a dance track with DJ Paul Oakenfold that same year, "Faster Kill Pussycat," which topped Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart. Brittany made headlines for her relationship with her "Just Married" co-star Ashton Kutcher in the early aughts and her marriage to British screenwriter Simon Monjack in 2007. In December 2009 at 32, Brittany died after collapsing at her Los Angeles home. The coroner ruled that the cause of death was pneumonia with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication. Five months later, Brittany's husband was also found dead at their home from the same causes. Her final film, "Something Wicked," was released in 2014.
Paul Rudd set hearts aflutter as Cher's former stepbrother, Josh. The gloating environment-loving college student gets on Cher's last nerves before she starts to realize it might actually be love that she's feeling for her dad's ex-wife's son.
Paul Rudd made his acting debut in the TV drama "Sisters" in 1992 before jumping at the chance to do "Clueless." It wasn't long before the New Jersey native had built a stacked career as a major supporting player in projects like 1995's "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers," 1996's "Romeo + Juliet," 1998's "The Object of My Affection" and 1999's "The Cider House Rules." In 2002, Paul joined the cast of "Friends" for the show's final two seasons playing Phoebe's eventual husband, Mike. The actor became a comedic powerhouse in the 2000s with an endless stream of hits including "Wet Hot American Summer" in 2001, "Anchorman" in 2004, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" in 2005, "Knocked Up" in 2007, "Walk Hard" in 2007, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" in 2008, "I Love You Man" in 2009, "This Is 40" in 2012 and "Anchorman 2" in 2013. However, it was his work as the titular superhero in the 2015 Marvel film "Ant-Man" that turned Paul into a box office force: He reprised the role in 2016's "Captain America: Civil War," 2018's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" (which he also co-wrote) and 2019's "Avengers: Endgame." The star most recently appeared as two versions of the same character in the Netflix comedy "Living with Yourself" and is next set to star in the 2021 sequel "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." Paul married Julie Yaeger in 2003 after meeting her at his publicist's office shortly after completing "Clueless." The pair have two children.
Elisa Donovan played Amber, the snobbish teen everyone loved to hate who's in a constant battle to outshine Cher in every way, from outfits to friends to debate class assignments.
"Clueless" gave Elisa Donovan her first major role, as she'd only appeared on a few episodes of the TV hit "Blossom" beforehand. Shortly after her big-screen debut, Elisa had a short stay in "Beverly Hills, 90210" before reprising her role as Amber on all three seasons of the "Clueless" TV adaptation. She then scored small parts in 1998's "A Night At The Roxbury" and on TV shows like "Just Shoot Me!" and "Jack & Jill" before landing a lead role on the final seasons of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" as Sabrina's friend and roommate Morgan. Since then, Elisa has starred in numerous indie films and holiday-themed TV favorites like "The Dog Who Saved Christmas" in 2009 and "12 Wishes of Christmas" in 2011. She also starred in the title role on the digital series "In Gayle We Trust" for three seasons from 2009 to 2011. The New York-born actress most recently starred in the 2017 crime drama "MDMA." She married Charlie Bigelow in 2012. The pair have one daughter.
Donald Faison pushed all of Dionne's buttons as her well-meaning boyfriend, Murray, who — despite his love — can't help but start a fight with his girlfriend whether they're at school, at a party or even in the car.
Donald Faison made his screen debut in a Folger's coffee commercial in 1991, and it wasn't long before the actor got his first major role with "Clueless." The New York City-born star immediately followed the film with a role in 1995's "Waiting to Exhale" before reprising his role as Murray on all three seasons of the "Clueless" TV series. He also had recurring roles on '90s TV hits like "Felicity," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Sister, Sister." Donald continued working on the big screen in teen favorites like 1998's "Can't Hardly Wait," 2000's "Remember the Titans," 2001's "Josie and the Pussycats" and 2002's "Big Fat Liar." His biggest role to date came in 2001 with NBC's medical comedy "Scrubs." Donald played Dr. Christopher Turk on the hit sitcom for all nine seasons until the series wrapped in 2010. Since then, he's continued working steadily on TV, lending his voice to "Robot Chicken," starring on the comedy "The Exes" from 2011 to 2015 and most recently landing the ABC drama "Emergence," which was canceled in 2020 after one season. Donald has been married twice: to Lisa Askey from 2001 to 2005 and to CaCee Cobb since 2012. He has six children: one from a previous relationship, three with ex-wife Lisa and two with CaCee.
Jeremy Sisto drove fans crazy as the arrogant Elton, who ignores Cher's numerous attempts to set him up with Tai and reacts poorly to her dismissal of his romantic passes.
Jeremy Sisto's first on-screen opportunity came in the Twisted Sister music video for "We're Not Gonna Take It" in 1984, and he made his film debut in the 1991 drama "Grand Canyon" while still in high school. After a few TV movies, Jeremy had his first taste of success with "Clueless." He followed it with films like "Suicide Kings" in 1997, "Without Limits" in 1998 and the titular role in the 1999 miniseries "Jesus." In 2001, Jeremy received critical acclaim for his work on the HBO drama "Six Feet Under," appearing on all five seasons of the hit series. He also starred in the horror flick "Wrong Turn" and the indie drama "Thirteen" in 2003 before appearing on the series finale of "Dawson's Creek" that same year. He starred on the short-lived NBC drama "Kidnapped" in 2006 and in the indie favorite "Waitress" in 2007 before joining "Law & Order" as Detective Cyrus Lupo for the procedural's final three seasons. From 2011 to 2014, the California-born actor earned laughs for his work on the ABC comedy "Suburgatory." Since 2018, Jeremy has solved crimes on the CBS drama series "FBI." He also lent his voice to King Runeard in "Frozen II" in 2019. Jeremy wed actress Marisa Ryan in 1993 when he was 18. They divorced in 2002 and he married Addie Lane in 2009. The pair have two children.
Everyone's favorite stoner, Travis, was played by Breckin Meyer. The skater with a heart of gold loves Tai as much as his Egg McMuffins, and despite Cher's attempts to keep them apart, nothing can stop Bronson Alcott High's most tardy student from winning the girl.
Breckin Meyer had a series of TV credits under his belt as a child actor before landing his first theatrical role in the horror sequel "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" in 1991. After "Clueless," Breckin continued working consistently on the big screen with parts in "The Craft" and "Escape from L.A." in 1996, "54" and "Can't Hardly Wait" in 1998, "Go" in 1999, "Road Trip" in 2000, "Rat Race" and "Kate & Leopold" in 2001, "Garfield" in 2004 and "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" in 2009. The Minneapolis-born actor also made a splash on TV with voicework on "King of the Hill," alongside his "Clueless" love interest Brittany Murphy, and starring roles on "Inside Schwartz" from 2001 to 2002 and "Franklin & Bash" from 2011 to 2014. Breckin has also written and voiced characters for the Adult Swim hit "Robot Chicken" since the show's debut in 2005, garnering himself an Emmy nomination. He was more recently seen in the 2019 comedy "Changeland" alongside good friend Seth Green and heard on the animated comedy "Crossing Swords," which premiered on Hulu in 2020. Breckin was married to film director Deborah Kaplan, with whom he has two kids, from 2001 to 2014. He's been dating actress Linsey Godfrey since 2017.
Justin Walker portrayed Christian, the new heartthrob on campus. Cher is determined to make him fall for her, and after having her assortment of romantic advances dismissed, discovers Christian is actually gay.
Justin Walker's only credit before "Clueless" was a multi-episode arc on the TV dramedy "Northern Exposure." He followed the hit teen comedy with films like 1997's "The Journey: Absolution" and 1999's "Splendor Falls," TV movies such as "Humanoids from the Deep" and "Last Resort" and an appearance on the series "V.I.P." in 1999. He co-hosted the talk show "The X Show" in 1999 and amassed only a handful of credits before leaving acting in the mid-2000s. Justin moved into the world of business, owning a restaurant in Rancho Mirage, California, and becoming a partner and CMO of Draftster.com, a fantasy sports-wagering website. He hasn't made many appearances since leaving acting. He was most recently seen during a 2012 "Clueless" cast reunion organized by Entertainment Weekly that saw the cast interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America" (pictured).
Dan Hedaya played Cher's strict-but-loving father, Mel, a well-paid litigator who wants nothing but the best for his daughter. Mel trains her on the art of negotiation but struggles to tell the difference between a Calvin Klein dress and underwear.
Dan Hedaya was an established character actor long before signing onto "Clueless," with roles on TV hits like "Hill Street Blues," "Cheers" and "Family Ties" and in films like 1984's "Blood Simple," 1990's "Joe Versus the Volcano" and more. He received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring work on "NYPD Blue" the year before "Clueless" came out. Since then, he's appeared in movies including 1996's 'The First Wives Club," 1997's "Alien Resurrection," 1998's "A Night at the Roxbury," 2000's "Shaft" and 2001's "Mulholland Drive." The Brooklyn native also had small roles on "ER," "Law & Order," "Judging Amy," "Yes, Dear" and "Person of Interest." Dan has slowed down his acting career in recent years but was seen in 2016's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and has popped up on TV shows like "Gotham," "The Mindy Project," "Blue Bloods" and "Odd Mom Out."
The lovable Mr. Hall was played by Wallace Shawn. As Cher's debate teacher, Mr. Hall is a stickler for excellence, and Cher's determined to find him love in the hope that happiness will make him go easier on his students.
Wallace Shawn's acting career began more than two decades before "Clueless": He started as a stage actor and playwright through most of the 1970s and made his screen debut in Woody Allen's 1979 comedy "Manhattan" and Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz" the same year. Wallace, who was well-known for his "inconceivable" role as Vizzini in 1987's "The Princess Bride" when "Clueless" came along, has also made a splash for his voice work in "A Goofy Movie" and as Rex in "Toy Story," a role he's reprised in all three sequels. He also returned as Mr. Hall on the first season of the "Clueless" TV series. Since then, Wallace has lent his voice to projects like "The Incredibles" and "Chicken Little," had major arcs on TV shows like "Gossip Girl" and "Crossing Jordan," and scored parts in movies such as "My Favorite Martian" and "The Haunted Mansion." More recently, he was seen in hits like "Book Club" in 2018 and "Marriage Story" in 2019. He now stars on the hit CBS comedy "Young Sheldon." His next role is in the Woody Allen comedy "Rifkin's Festival." Wallace's longtime companion is writer Deborah Eisenberg.
Twink Caplan portrays the intelligent and good-natured Ms. Geist, another of Cher's teachers-turned-pet projects who she's determined to set up with Mr. Hall in hopes of finding happiness for the pair.
Twink Caplan started as an actress in the 1970s, garnering small roles in numerous films and TV shows before landing her first major film project playing Kirstie Alley's best friend in the hit "Look Who's Talking" trilogy. Soon after, Twink got the part in "Clueless" and also served as an associate producer on the film. She went on to reprise her role as Ms. Geist on the "Clueless" TV series and executive produce the show. Twink has consistently acted since, appearing on TV shows like "Just Shoot Me," "Community," "CSI," "Frasier" and "Feud." She's now starring alongside Darren Criss on the Quibi musical comedy series "Royalties."