Wonder Woman may be winning high praise from fans and critics while breaking the box office, but Clueless star Alicia Silverstone is less-than-impressed with the hype surrounding the superhero movie.
The 40-year-old actress doesn’t seem to get why the film has so many people talking, despite earning over $615 million at the worldwide box office, boasting a 92 per cent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and having Patty Jenkins become the top-grossing female director in Hollywood history for a live-action movie. Even with those accolades, Silverstone seems to forget what the movie is even called during an interview with Variety.
“Before Wonder Woman…Wonder Woman?” she asks, seemingly forgetting what the female-fronted superhero movie is called. “Before Wonder Woman, there have been many movies with female leads, so I get a little confused. We have made strides, of course.”
Silverstone references the many female-led comedies that have been box office and critical hits, citing her 1995 comedy Clueless, directed by Amy Heckerling as an example.
“I think about, what about all those wonderful comedians who are females who have had massive hits? There’s Bridesmaids. There’s a movie out right now…with tons of girls. I’m sure it’s killing it, right?” she says, referencing Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon’s bachelorette comedy Rough Night. “I don’t know. I just feel like over the years…there was Mean Girls. There was Clueless.”
The actress attempts to make a convoluted point, even bringing up the gender pay gap in Hollywood.
“Over the time, we have had…there’s been so many movies that have been female-driven, but we have also always had these pay issues,” she adds, seemingly trying to get her point across. For the actress, the most confusing part seems to be that it took the massive success of Wonder Woman to get people talking about female-driven movies and directors, ignoring the smaller, non-superhero movies that women have been working in for years. The actress glosses over the achievements of the film and it’s success in a typically male-driven superhero genre.
“It has to be Wonder Woman. It has to have tons of flash, right?” she asks. “Like when you’re looking at children’s films now, as a mom, I don’t want my kid to see all that. Loud effects, all the stuff that’s like stimulate, stimulate! But that’s what audiences want, so it’s a tricky thing. Sometimes it’s just the quieter more interesting things sometimes get seen because they touch someone enough,” she concludes.