Brittany Murphy’s Clueless costars are paying their respects to the late actress. During their reunion panel at 90s Con moderated by Andrea Lavinthal, Stacey Dash, Elisa Donovan Breckin Meyer and the Clueless star herself Alicia Silverstone, they opened up about their time with Murphy on the 1995 comedy.
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When they were asked about their first impression of each other, Silverstone stated, “I remember Brittany coming in, and she was so great.”
Murphy tragically died due to a result of pneumonia combined with anemia and multiple drug intoxication from over-the-counter medication and prescription in December 2009 at the age of 32.
Meyer, whose Travis Birkenstock ends up with the late actress’ Murphy’s Tai Frasier, looked back at the audition process, saying that he was relieved to see a familiar face when they were going up for their roles.
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“Brittany and I played boyfriend and girlfriend in a couple things,” he stated. “So when I auditioned it was nice because, any time you audition with someone you know, you’re just like, ‘One box I could check.’ So that was pretty cool. I skateboarded to the audition — not for fun, but because I was broke. It’s a really far [trip] skateboarding from North Hollywood to Hollywood, where the studio is, so I came in all sweaty, greasy, gross.”
“And it was down to my best friend, Seth Green, and Alanna Ubach, who was his girlfriend at the time, oddly enough. It was them or Britt and me, and it was just kind of one or the other,” he continued.
Apparently, when he saw Murphey auditioning, Meyers though to himself, “I don’t know if I’m going to get the part, but if you don’t make the movie with her, don’t make the movie. She’s that great. She was.”
Meyers stated that he often thinks about what she would be doing now due to how talented she was.
He stated, “Brittany could sing like nobody’s business, and I look at things like [how] they’re doing the movie Wicked now. I hear about that and think Brittany would be killing this stuff right now. … We don’t get to see the incredible work she going to do.”
Alicia Silverstone Recalls Brittany Murphy’s Audition For Clueless
Clueless was Murphy’s first big-screen Hollywood project which helped launch a successful career including films 8 Mile, Just Married, Uptown Girls, Don’t Say a Word, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and more.
Recalling the audition process as well, Silverstone told Vogue a few years back that she thought Murphy was the perfect actress to play Tai Fraiser, even though she wasn’t like the character herself in real life.
“I just remember thinking she was so great for the part. I can’t remember how many girls came in to audition for Tai that day and I don’t know if I saw a few girls for it or just her, but I remember Brittany being really adorable,” Silverstone stated.
She continued, “She’s so good at the little accent because she had one already, but I think she just pushed it to new heights. I found her so wonderful and I said to [writer-director Amy Heckerling] right away, ‘I think she’s the one! She was the best one, you guys!’, hoping they would agree. She was like, ‘Uh, yeah, duh. Of course, she was the best; she’s the one.’ “