"As If!" Catch Up With Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd and the Original 'Clueless' Cast

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In the realm of 90s pop culture, few movies have left as enduring a mark as the Clueless cast. The movie came out in 1995 and was a coming-of-age comedy starring Alicia Silverstone. It was immediately a success and grossed $88 million worldwide.

It was written and directed by Amy Heckerling, who studied Beverly Hills high school students to understand how teenagers talked and acted while going about their daily lives. The supporting cast consisted of Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd. Ironically, the film is a loose adaption of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma.

With its sharp wit and memorable characters, the Clueless cast continues to captivate audiences even decades after its original airing. The plot centers around Cher (played by Silverstone), a beautiful, popular, rich high school student who makes friends with a new student and decides to give her a makeover.

At the same time, Cher plays matchmaker for her teachers, and she starts exams her own existence.

Let’s look at the Clueless cast and where they are now.

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Alicia Silverstone as Cher

Alicia Silverstone as Cher in the Clueless Cast
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Born on October 4, 1976, in San Francisco, California, Alicia Silverstone played the lead role of Cher, the fashionable and kind-hearted, but clueless teen.

Prior to joining the Clueless cast, Silverstone appeared in the thriller The Crush (1993) as well as in a slew of music videos for Aerosmith's songs including Cryin', Amazing and Crazy.

Then she got her break-out role starring as Cher Horowitz, which earned her a multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Pictures. In 1997, she starred in the superhero film Batman & Robin, playing the role of Batgirl. That same year she appeared in the movie Excess Baggage. Then, in 1999, she played the lead in Blast from the Past.

She them moved to TV where she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role in the short-lived NBC series Miss Match (2003). She continued to be cast as a regular on a number of TV shows including Suburgatory, American Woman and The Babysitters Club. Most recently, she’s appeared in several movies including Senior Year (2022), Perpetrator (2023) and Y2K (2024).

As a vegan, Silverstone has endorsed PETA activities and published two cookbooks: The Kind Diet (2009) and The Kind Mama (2014).

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Stacey Dash as Dionne

Stacey Dash as Dionne
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Born on January 20, 1967, in New York City, New York, Stacey Dash played the role of Dionne Davenport, a stylish and confident teen and Cher's best friend and confidante.

Prior to joining the Clueless cast, Dash was in several movies including Moving (1988) and Renaissance Man (1994). She was also a regular on the series TV 101.

After Clueless, Dash continued to act in both movies and TV. She was a regular in 2011’s Single Ladies and 2020’s Finding Love in Quarantine. She also had guest appearances on several shows including CSI, The Exes and The Game.

She appeared in several films as well, including View from the Top (2003), Wild About Harry (2009), and Honor Up (2018). Most recently, she was in First Lady (2020), Caroline’s Crossing (2021) and Corsicana (2022).

Brittany Murphy Tai Frasier

Brittany Murphy as Tai Frasier in the Clueless Cast
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Born on November 10, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia, Brittany Murphy played Tai Frasier, a new student at Bronson Alcott High School who undergoes a transformation under Cher's guidance.

Prior to joining the Clueless cast, Murphy appeared in several TV shows including Blossom and Drexell's Class. Her big break, however, came playing Tai Frasier.

After Clueless, she continued to act. She appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge (1997) before landing parts in  Girl, Interrupted and Drop Dead Gorgeous (both 1999). She continued to be prolific in the 2000s with roles in movies such as Cherry Falls (2000), Don't Say a Word (2001), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001), and 8 Mile (2002). Then in 2003 she was in both Just Married and Uptown Girls. She also landed roles in Little Black Book (2004), Sin City (2005), and Happy Feet (2006). She also voiced the role of Luanne Platter on Fox's King of the Hill.

Tragically, on December 20, 2009, Murphy passed away at age 32. The cause of death? Ed Winter, the Coroner Asst. Chief told People, “She was really sick with pneumonia, very anemic, and she was taking medication and all that combined killed her."

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Paul Rudd as Josh Lucas

Paul Rudd as Josh Lucas
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Born on April 6, 1969, in Passaic, New Jersey, Paul Rudd portrayed Josh Lucas, a college student and Cher's former stepbrother.

He told US Weekly that many of the clothes he wore in the movie were actually from his own wardrobe. “Half of those were my own!” he said. “That was my own Amnesty T-shirt, my own KU hat, which they lost, by the way.” He also said, “I loved working with Alicia. It was a blast, the whole thing.”

Prior to being in the Clueless cast, Rudd was in the TV series Wild Oats and Sisters.

Clueless was his movie debut and it was a success. He went on to have a successful career appearing in dozens of films including The Ghostbusters franchise, The Ant Man franchise, The Avengers franchise, I Love You Man, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Catcher Was a Spy.

He was also in several TV shows most notably playing Mike Hannigan on Friends. He also had guest roles on Reno 911!, Parks and Recreation, and Living with Yourself.

Most recently he was in The Shrink Next Door (2021) Only Murders in the Building (2022-23) and Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (2024)

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Donald Faison as Murray Duvall

Donald Faison as Murray Duvall in the Clueless Cast
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Born on June 22, 1974, in New York City, Donald Faison played the role of Murray Duvall, Dionne's boyfriend who was known for his humorous quips and distinctive fashion sense.

Before joining the Clueless cast, Faison had appeared in a few movies including New Jersey Drive and Sugar Hill.

Post Clueless, Faison landed the leading role as Dr. Chris Turk on the hit comedy-drama Scrubs (2001–2010). From there, he starred as Phil Chase in the TV Land sitcom The Exes (2011–2015). He also appeared in several films including Waiting to Exhale (1995), Remember the Titans (2000), Uptown Girls (2003), Something New (2006), Next Day Air (2009), Skyline (2010), and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).

Most recently, he’s been in the TV series Extended Family (2023-34).

He has been married to Cacee Cobb (Jessica Simpson’s best friend) since December 15, 2012.

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Breckin Meyer as Travis Birkenstock

Breckin Meyer as Travis Birkenstock
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Born on May 7, 1974, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Breckin Meyer played the role of Travis Birkenstock, the laid-back skateboarder and love interest of Tai.

Prior to Clueless, Meyer got his start in commercials and he appeared on the game show Child's Play (1982). He also appeared in the movie Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).

After Clueless, he appeared in The Craft (1996), Road Trip (2000), Rat Race (2001), and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). He also played Jon Arbuckle in the live-action Garfield movies. He leant his voice to the character of Joseph Gribble in King of the Hill (2000–2010) and starred as Jared Franklin in Franklin & Bash (2011–2014). He has also provided character voices for the animated sitcom Robot Chicken (2005–2022). Most recently, he did voice work for American Dad (2023).

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