Alicia Silverstone + ‘Clueless’ Cast Revisit Iconic Party Scene
If singing along with Coolio’s ‘Rollin’ With My Homies,’ playing Suck and Blow, and yelling “I’m keepin’ it real!” don’t evoke a certain teen flick for you — well, maybe you’re just clueless!
Those memorable moments from Amy Heckerling’s 1995 ‘Clueless’ are all from one classic scene, the party in the Valley where the beautiful and popular Cher (Alicia Silverstone) tries to mentor the less-fortunate Tai (the late Brittany Murphy) into hooking up with the posh Elton (Jeremy Sisto). (Sample sage advice from Cher: “Look like you’re having fun and you’re really popular.”)
Silverstone, Heckerling, Coolio, Sisto as well as cast members Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison spoke to Vulture recently for its oral-history series of iconic pop-culture moments.
“I don’t even think Cher had fun at that party,” Alicia remembers. “I’m sure that she was not in the party vibe. She was just like, ‘It’s all business: You go in there, you see what’s going on, and if it’s not working, you’ve got to go.’ It was like a business transaction or something.”
Meyer’s major recollection? All the smoke! “Party scenes are always weird because you have the fake smoke being blown in, you have a ton of background people smoking fake cigarettes, which, oddly enough, smell weirder than real cigarettes,” he says. “I remember that distinctly, having a headache from all the smoke/fake smoke.”
As for Faison, he remembers a special surprise guest on the set. “It took a long time to shoot that scene,” he says. “I remember falling asleep, and being woken up by Tara Reid, who was not in the movie but just came by the set to hang out. Which was really odd. I went to high school with Tara Reid so when she woke me up, it was kinda like, ‘Yo, what are you doing here?’”
Other highlights of the interview include special memories of Murphy, who passed away in 2009, Coolio talking “getting white-boy wasted” at the film’s premiere and Faison’s ridiculous half-shaved head that made him resemble ’70s TV icon George Jefferson. But, as Meyer’s character Travis would say, “It’s a small price to pay to the party gods”!