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Clueless Turns 25: Here’s to Celebrating Its Anniversary With a Slew of Behind-the scenes Facts

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Aug. 5 2020, Published 11:42 a.m. ET

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The hit 1995 flick Clueless is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma...just set in Beverly Hills.

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Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

The film was first pitched to Fox as a TV show called No Worries. But the network passed and it landed at paramount.

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Sarah Michelle Gellar was almost cast as Cher Horowitz, but had to pass because of her gig on All My Children. Reese Witherspoon was also considered for the part.

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The role of Cher ultimately went to Alicia Silverstone because she caught the eye of Clueless’ writer-director Amy Heckerling while starring in Aerosmith’s 1994 “Crazy” music video.

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Many famous faces auditioned for the film, including Terrence Howard, Lauryn Hill, Owen Wilson, Leah Remini, Zooey Deschanel, Ben Affleck and Dave Chappelle.

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Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Stacey Dash, who played Cher’s BFF Dionne, was the oldest cast member playing a high school student. She was 28...with a 6-year-old son.

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

The inspiration behind Bronson Alcott High School — the school in the flick — was Beverly Hills High. Heckerling even audited classed there to make sure the film looked authentic.

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Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Breckin Meyer, a.k.a. Travis, attended Beverly Hills High in real life.

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Donald Faison has admitted that his character Murray’s braces were fake.

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Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

The film’s iconic slang terms were invented by Heckerling — and the cast had no idea what some of the words meant when they first read the script.

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

How to Speak Cluelessly, a booklet of terminology, was released to help promote the film.

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Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

When Cher mispronounces “Haitians: (Haiti-ans) in the debate scene, she wasn’t kidding! Alicia didn’t know how to pronounce the word, and her mistake made for comedic gold

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Cher has a total of 60 costume changes.

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Clueless behind the scenes
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Alicia got to keep all of her outfits — but gave most of them away.

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

The cap Paul Rudd’s character Josh wore in the film was his own, a nod to his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

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Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

When rapper Coolio was asked if he had a song that could fit into the movie, he suggested “Rollin’ With My Homies.”

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Jeremy Sisto, who starred as Elton, has said he made up the iconic “Rollin’ With My Homies “ dance on the fly.

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Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

Writer-director Heckerling makes a cameo in the movie during Mr. Hall and Miss Geist’s wedding. She’s the bride’s maid of honor!

Clueless
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The entire film was shot in 40 days.

Inside Clueless: The Cult Classic’s Behind-the-scene Facts
Source: MEGA

In 1996, Clueless became a TV show starring many of the original cast members. However, Rachel Blanchard took over the role of Cher.

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