Alicia Silverstone “Stopped Loving Acting” After She Was Body-Shamed for Her ‘Batman & Robin’ Role

By | April 20, 2020
  • Alicia Silverstone opened up about why she didn’t enjoy acting after filming Batman & Robin.
  • The Clueless star said she was body-shamed and wanted to find a way to be an actress and activist.

    Let’s get one thing straight: Batgirl AKA Cher Horowitz AKA ’90s icon Alicia Silverstone is perfect and anyone who says otherwise is dead wrong. Sadly, some people didn’t get the memo back when Alicia starred in Batman & Robin in 1997, and their ignorant and hurtful remarks tainted the industry for Alicia.

    In a candid interview with The Guardian, Alicia opened up about why she “stopped loving acting for a very long time” because of the movie and its reception from critics and viewers. She explained:

    “That definitely wasn’t my favorite filmmaking experience. They would make fun of my body when I was younger. It was hurtful but I knew they were wrong. I wasn’t confused. I knew that it was not right to make fun of someone’s body shape, that doesn’t seem like the right thing to be doing to a human.”

    She added that the paparazzi and tabloids would call her a hurtful riff on her character’s name, and one journalist even asked for her bra size during an interview. “There were working circumstances that were less than favorable in terms of how things went down,” she said. “And no, I didn’t say ‘f*ck you’ and come out like a warrior but I would just walk away and go, OK I know what that is and I’m done, I’m not going near that again.”

    On the set of Batman & Robin

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    Ultimately, Alicia knew that she wanted to continue acting, but she also wanted to do it while being true to and sticking up for herself. She finished, “My body was just like, this is what I’m meant to do, I love it so much, I need to find a way to do both, to be able to be an actress and be an activist at the same time so that’s what I did.”

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