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Alicia Silverstone 'Too Pretty' For My So-Called Life Lead Role?!? How Claire Danes Ended Up With The Part!

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Okay. Here are two things we are totally certain about:

1) Claire Danes was the perfect choice for the part of Angela Chase on My So-Called Life!

2) She is TOTES gorgeous in everything that she has ever done!

But back when the teenage angst drama was casting for their lead role, producers had their heart set on someone else for the part!

Alicia Silverstone!

According to a new profile on Danes in The New Yorker, she almost lost out on her breakout role to a then 16-year-old Silverstone!

Alicia actually auditioned for the part and immediately caught executive producer Ed Zwick's eye. He wanted to give her the gig. But his co-executive producer Marshall Herskovitz reportedly put an end to the idea, saying:

"Alicia is so beautiful that that would have affected her experience of the world. People would have been telling her she was beautiful since she was six years old. You can't put that face in what's been written for this girl."

OK, yeah. Alicia is a total Betty! But is Mr. Herskovitz implying that Claire isn't also stunningly beautiful?!?

Series creator Winnie Holzman discussed what they saw in Claire that they didn't see in Alicia, explaining:

"[Danes] was sexy and not sexy, free and bound up, open and closed, funny and frighteningly serious."

AKA - an AH-Mazing actress!!!

My So-Called only lasted one season on ABC but the series left its mark on a generation of young girls and guys alike. It also earned Claire her first Golden Globe award and her first Emmy nomination, with many accolades to come in later years!

As for Alicia, she ended up playing a very different kid of high-schooler in Clueless!

No matter what anyone says, we think you are both B-E-A-utiful in each and every way!!!

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5 comments to “Alicia Silverstone 'Too Pretty' For My So-Called Life Lead Role?!? How Claire Danes Ended Up With The Part!”

  1. 1

    claires always been very plain even in romeo and juliet

    alicia is very beautiful if u dont count her fish lips..

  2. Meh says – reply to this


    Claire has never been a beauty. Not then, not now.
    Alicia is certainly more beautiful than the average "girl next door" but not as stunning as Clueless made her seem.
    But everything worked out, it seems.

  3. 3

    I don't know what it is about Claire Danes, but I can't stand her! This has been going on since My So-Called Life. I don't doubt she's a decent actor, but she comes across quite egotistical in my opinion. She believes she's really all that. I don't think she's attractive by any means. She also was in a relationship years ago with Billy Crudup
    Billy Crudup while he was with Mary Louise Parker and she was pregnant. He's a disgusting bastard, but Claire knew this and continued to sleep with him. They were together for 3 years before she slept with that beautiful Hugh Dancy. She's a ho. Hugh, WTF are you thinking being with this woman? She's going to move onto her next costar in no time.

  4. 4

    They're both beautiful, but Alicia is pretty. There's a difference. You know how there are pretty boys like her co star Jerad and there are handsome men like Ryan Reynolds. That's what they are. They have a different type of beauty. You'll get more roles if you're a 'Claire' because you can play with her looks and she can transform naturally. But Alicia will always be the pretty one, unless they apply makeup. Imo

  5. jnyjny says – reply to this


    back in the day Claire hadn't grown into herself and wasn't "As hot" But she is now. It takes some longer then others. In fact all the girls that were so hot when I was in school are fat now. Its like a hug from jesus!