26 Hollywood Casting Close Calls
Alicia Silverstone Could Have Been In "My So Called Life"
Claire Danes was so, so perfect as Angela Chase in "My So-Called Life." But Alicia Silverstone came very close to being given the role. Producer Marshall Herskovitz explains, "We had someone looking for us in New York and she said, 'There are two people you should see. They’re really special.' The first was Alicia, who was 16 and emancipated. Ed wanted her, and I said, 'This girl is absolutely beautiful, but the Angela I see shivers back and forth between being beautiful and being really — I mean, Alicia, you know, this is a girl who has been told she’s beautiful since she’s 5 years old! I just don’t think Angela’s that girl.' Then in walks Claire Danes. And at 13, you know: From one angle, she’s breathtaking; from another, she’s awkward." If Alicia had been cast, "Clueless" may not have been nearly as brilliant. But then again, "My So-Called Life" might have lasted for more than a single season. [NY Mag