Am I sensing a turnaround? Is the race beginning to go to the Plain Janes and Sorry Sams rather than the Perfect 10s? It would seem so judging from yet another media story about a 10, Alicia Silverstone, losing a role back in the 1990s because she was ‘too pretty’ for ‘My So-Called Life.’
According to The New Yorker, co-creators of the highly regarded TV series—that dared to deal with child abuse, homophobia, teenage alcoholism, homelessness, school violence, and drug use—argued over Silverstone’s looks.
Though Silverstone aced her audition, the show’s creators decided to give the main character of the drama at Liberty High School to Claire Danes, for whom it was a breakout role. Never mind that Ms. Danes appears to be at least a 9.8 on that scale popularized by the legendary Bo Derek.
In the recent magazine article, co-creator Marshall Herskovitz told the publication, “Alicia is so beautiful that that would have affected her experience of the world.” I’m not sure what that means, but it appears that the advantage of looks, specifically beauty, is slipping. Not that long ago, journalists routinely reported on the fact that in much of the Western World, beauty consistently trumped brains, even at the genius level of Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein.
Not that we should feel sorry for Ms.Firestone, who dropped out of Yale to pursue acting more fervently, she’s been doing fine ever since her comeuppance, if Wiki is to be believed:
“[She gained] prominence as a teen idol when she appeared in three music videos for the band Aerosmith. She starred in the 1995 sleeper hit Clueless (which earned her a multi-million-dollar deal with Columbia) and in the big-budget 1997 film Batman & Robin where she played Batgirl. She has continued to act in film, television, and theatre.”
And, I might add, Silverstone was voted “Sexiest Female Vegetarian” by PETA in 2004.