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10+ Facts About Alicia Silverstone Fans Didn't Know

Alicia Silverstone will forever be known as a '90s icon.

Audiences first fell in love with her when she starred as Cher in Clueless. This might come as a surprise to some fans, but Alicia couldn't be farther from Cher.

She's vegan in real life and she's — gasp! — not into fashion. Come learn these 10+ facts fans didn't know.

Alicia Silverstone was a huge name a few years ago thanks to her role as Cher in *Clueless*.

And although we love the movie, there are a ton of things about Silverstone that fans don't know!

Luckily, we are here to help you out with the following fun facts. Let us know your fave at the end!

1. She ate her own placenta:

She didn't have it served up in steak-form like other celeb moms.

Instead, as she revealed in her book, Kind Mama_, someone gifted it to her in pill-form. She wrote that she "really loved it."

She even referred to them as her "happy pills."

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“I got to the point that my husband said, ‘Did you have your happy pills today?' And I was really sad when they were gone. It really helped me.”

2. She likes to garden in the nude:

She really is one with nature.

She told Health magazine that when the temperatures go up, the clothes come off.

"And then I would jump in the pool and swim, and I always get in the pool naked.”

3. She didn't like how *Clueless* changed her life:

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It was the role that made her a star, but this was too much for her.

“It was really just extreme how I was being talked to and talked about,” she told The Guardian. “I think I just got really turned off by it.”

4. She was a cheerleader:

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Before she was Cher Horowitz, she tossed around pom-poms at San Mateo High School in California.

Just look at that smile and blonde hair! She definitely looked the part. Let's just hope she had the pep, too.

5. She had her first acting role at 15:

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She starred in The Crush as a young girl who developed a fatal attraction on a much older man.

Surprisingly, she connected to the role. “I felt so connected to the material for some reason."

6. She's vegan:

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She adopted this way of eating when she was 21 and has since released a vegan cookbook. She's even raising her nine-year-old son, Bear, as a vegan.

The decision to do so may be controversial, but Alicia has credited veganism for his good behavior.

“I’ve never had to raise my voice to Bear,” she told *Us Weekly*.

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“I can just say ‘no, thank you’ and we respect each other and listen to each other. So much of that is because he’s not … a lot of it is the parenting, but a lot of it is the food. When your kid feels good, they act well.”

7. She's passionate about living an eco-friendly lifestyle:

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In addition to being vegan, the actress often shares tips with her followers on living a more sustainable lifestyle.

"Avoid single-use plastics by using a reusable water bottle, straw, cutlery, containers and shopping bags," she once urged them on Instagram.

8. She's appeared in music videos:

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Her performance in Aerosmith's "Crazy" music video is even what landed her the role of Cher in Clueless!

"Her performance in the video — I believed everything. I just went crazy for her," the director told Interview Magazine.

"So when I handed the script in, by that time the 'Crazy' video was out and I videotaped it."

They originally thought that she meant Liv Tyler, Steven's daughter.

"Meanwhile my friend, the casting director, was saying 'You've got to see the girl in 'The Crush.' Well, it's the same girl."

9. She was extremely sick while filming *Clueless*:

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She told The Guardian that she constantly had ulcers, which made eating certain foods difficult.

She would ask her driver to get her frozen yogurt, since it was all she could eat.

10. She emancipated herself from her parents at the age of 15:

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This was so she could work as an actress without age limitations.

When she was filming The Crush — her first role — she even lived in an apartment in Vancouver by herself at 15.

She told *The Guardian* that growing up so fast had its ups and downs.

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“I think I probably missed some emotional steps that needed to happen in a normal situation of development,” she said.

“But I also jumped light years ahead in other ways. It’s sort of a combo platter. You gain some and you lose some.”

11. She has one major regret from *Clueless*:

This is a big one... She was given Cher's wardrobe and then GAVE IT ALL AWAY.

The reason for the insanity? She told Entertainment Weekly that she didn't "get fashion" at the time.

"At that time of my life, I wore jeans and a green t-shirt every single day and that was it," she said.

"And I just didn’t get it until I saw the movie and I was like, “Oh I get it! The costumes are the star of the movie!”


12. She was the target of extreme body-shaming after filming *Batman & Robin*:

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She played Batgirl in the film.

At the time, the tabloids called her "Fatgirl" and paparazzi would even chant it as they chased her for photos.

"It was really just extreme how I was being talked to and talked about," she told *The Guardian*.

This level of body-shaming caused the actress to resent acting.

“I stopped loving acting for a very long time." Thankfully, a role in a David Mamet play turned that around.

13. She's a single mother:

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She split with her husband of two decades, Christopher Jarecki, in 2018.

The transition hasn't always been easy.

"You don't ever think you'll be apart when you get married. All I can really say is that we'll co-parent Bear together, and this is completely a good thing for both of us," she told Redbook Magazine.

14. She had a lot of freedom in *Clueless*:

And while she admitted that it was scary because she was so young, she also knows that it meant that the director of the film trusted her.

So really, it all worked out for the best.

15. She told *Vogue* that she grew up around people who were extremely materialistic, reminding her of Cher:


"There were some girls in my life who were extremely materialistic. I grew up with a mom who was so practical and absolutely loathed extravagance. She had a real distaste for materialism and all that came with that kind of behavior, so I would notice that quality in people I grew up with."

"I can think of some specific girls in my life who were really mean and materialistic. Just really [expletive] girls. I wasn't trying to be like them because I didn't think Cher was like that, but there were moments where Cher could be that when she’d walk through the hallways judging everybody."

"Like when she takes Tai around the school pointing out the different social circles."

16. She had a lot of fun playing her character in *Bad Therapy*:

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Why, in particular?

Because her character completely went off the rails. It was fun for her to play and explore, and it was certainly out of left field, considering the other characters she has played!

17. One of her dreams was writing a book for children:

Before she had a child, she revealed that the only reason why she hadn't written one was because she felt people wouldn't respond well.

She thought it would be better received when she had a child of her own.

18. Choosing the right foods makes her feel better about herself:

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After all, health is about more than working out! You have to eat well to feel good in your body.

Silverstone has admitted that she has been able to hone in on her desires and needs thanks to the food she eats.

Do you know any other random and interesting facts about *Clueless* star Alicia Silverstone?

Or were you not so privy to the inner details of her life?

Either way, let us know down below in the comments section!

We would love to hear from you!