Alicia Silverstone Recalls ‘Hurtful’ Body-Shaming When Starring as Batgirl

April 20, 2020
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Alicia Silverstone is opening up about being on the receiving end of “hurtful” body-shaming when she starred as Batgirl in the 1997 film “Batman and Robin.”

“They would make fun of my body when I was younger,” the “Clueless” actress told The Guardian. “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.”

Silverstone, now 43, recalls being dubbed “Fatgirl” by the paparazzi when film came out, when she was 21 years old.

The movie “definitely wasn’t my favorite film-making experience,” she said of the comic book adaptation, in which she starred alongside George Clooney, Uma Thurman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In an interview with Collider, the actress tried to recollect her positive experiences in the film, pointing specifically to on-screen moments with Michael Gough, who plays Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred.

“I mean, I loved all my scenes with Michael Gough,” she said. “Michael Gough is a dream and I just love that man so much. So, you know, just being with him was incredible and lovely.

In the same Collder interview, Silverstone also said while she enjoyed her fight scenes in the film with Uma Thurman, she is confident they’d be more impactful today.

“I’m trying to think what else I’d be proud of. I mean, I like it when I get to do the fighting scenes with Uma Thurman. That’s fun. But I’d like to do it all over again as this woman! I think it would be much better now.”

Speaking to Vanity Fair in 2018, Silverstone confessed that the cruel comments from the period made her want to quit Hollywood.

“It didn’t make me think, ‘Oh yes, I’m going to try really hard to be [what you think I should be],” she told the publication. “My response was, ‘Hell no.’ I had no interest in being famous or maintaining any kind of fame. If you told me that acting meant I was going to be called fat and have to do things a certain way, then I was like, ‘F off.’”

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