So many of the most quotable moments from Clueless (“you’re a virgin who can’t drive!”) were uttered by the film’s late star Brittany Murphy, who played Beverly Hills’ favourite fish-out-of-water, Tai. A decade after Murphy’s death, her Clueless co-stars only have the sweetest things to say about the actress.
Speaking at Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo on Sunday, Alicia Silverstone — who played Cher Horowitz, the character loosely based on Jane Austen’s titular matchmaker from the novel Emma — revealed that she pushed hard for Murphy to land the role of Tai.
"That was incredible. I remember just being blown away by what she did in the room and thinking I had to tell [writer/director Amy Heckerling] just in case she didn’t know that Brittany Murphy was the one that had to play the part,” Silverstone said. “I’m sure they figured that out on their own.”
Franklin & Bash actor Breckin Meyer, who played Tai’s love interest in the film, also shared kind words.
“She was so incredibly talented,” said Meyer. “Ridiculously talented. Like, you see [her in Clueless], and then you watch 8 Mile, and you’re like, 'That’s the same person?'"
Offstage, the Clueless cast shared love for their former Bronson Alcott High homies.
"So much fun hanging out with these boys today #paulrudd @donald_aison and @breckinmeyer! They had me laughing so hard on our panel. Such a great day at #c2e2," wrote Silverstone on a group pic with her castmates.
Missing from the reunion was Stacey Dash, who played Dionne and completed the trifecta along with Tai and Cher.
"I haven’t spoken to [my Clueless co-stars] in a long time, but I still keep in contact with Amy Heckerling, the director," Murphy said. "So funny, but it was hard to get a job for two years after that, everyone thought I was really Tai."
A Clueless remake is reportedly in the works — though it's hard to imagine anyone could play Tai quite as well as Murphy did.