clueless is one of the most iconic comedy films of the 1990s. After the film’s release, two of its stars, Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone, attracted a lot of attention from fans. Their on-screen romance has been particularly controversial, but have the two ever dated in real life?
in the clueless, Silverstone played a wealthy high schooler named Cher Horowitz. Meanwhile, Rudd played a college freshman named Josh Lucas, whose mother was once married to Cher’s father.
While Cher struggles to navigate life at her Beverly Hills school, Josh is often in the background, although the two don’t seem to care for each other emotionally. However, when one of Cher’s friends confesses that she has feelings for Josh, Cher realizes that she has feelings for him, too. Cher and Josh’s relationship continued to develop after that and they even kiss at the end of the film.
Cher and Josh’s romance has been a big topic of discussion ever since clueless first came out in 1995. Some viewers have even compared it to incest. Despite this, Silverstone once admitted that she didn’t see anything odd about it at first.
“I don’t remember having any opinion on that,” she told Vogue in 2020. “I mean, I know we’re not related by blood, so it’s not illegal in that regard. But it’s really weird when you think about it (laughs). I mean, it’s weird growing up like that, but then again, they weren’t related. It’s very unusual, but it’s cool!”
Although Rudd and Silverstone had the on-screen chemistry, the two never dated in real life.
During their kissing scene, Rudd admitted he was both “nervous” and “psyched up.”
“[The kiss] was – you’re getting a little nervous. But I was also excited,” he told Vulture in 2015. “Growing up you hear these actors and admittedly they talk about sex scenes and not just kisses but they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s all technical. Nothing is there. Nobody is excited. It’s all just kind of embarrassing.’ I remember thinking, ‘Is that really true?’ And then I remember thinking, ‘This is pretty awesome.’ I sound like a total pervert.”
Rudd is married to screenwriter and producer Julie Yaeger. They tied the knot in 2003 and have two children together.
Silverstone was married to rock musician Christopher Jarecki from 2005 to 2018. You have a son.
It’s not clear if Silverstone is dating anyone now, but in 2021 she revealed further The Drew Barrymore Show that she had used dating apps. However, she was banned twice. Despite that, Silverstone later shared in an interview with People that she likes Bumble, so maybe we’ll see her in a new relationship in the near future.
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