A dramedy starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari set amid the sexual revolution and rise of feminism of the 1970s.
Alicia Silverstone is best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless. Her performances have garnered Emmy and Golden Globe nominations and she also won National Board of Review. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated activist.
In 1993, Silverstone made her feature film debut starring as Adrienne Forrester in The Crush, playing a teenaged girl who sets out to ruin an older man after he spurns her affections; won two awards at the 1994 MTV Movie Awards for the role—Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Villain.
After seeing her in The Crush, Marty Callner decided Silverstone would be perfect for a role in a music video he was directing for the band Aerosmith, called "Cryin'"; she was subsequently cast in two more videos, "Amazing" and "Crazy". These were hugely successful for both the band and Silverstone. They also got her noticed by filmmaker Amy Heckerling, who, after seeing them, decided to cast her in Clueless.
Clueless became a sleeper hit and critical darling during the summer of 1995. Silverstone's performance was so well received she won the National Board of Review Award for "Best Breakthrough Performer", the MTV Movie Award for "Best Female Performance" and "Most Desirable Female" and the American Comedy Award.
In 1997 Silverstone played Batgirl in Batman & Robin and starred alongside Benicio del Toro and Christopher Walken in the dark comedy Excess Baggage which she also produced. Other film credits include Beauty Shop opposite Queen Latifah; Blast from the Past, Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of the Shakespeare play Love's Labour's Lost, Stormbreakers with Mickey Rourke and Ewan McGregor; Le Nouveau Monde alongside James Gandolfini, Global Heresy, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Hideaway with Jeff Goldblum and Scorched with Woody Harrelson and John Cleese. In 2014 she was recently seen alongside AJ Michalka in High-Motor Productions' drama, Angels in Stardust, directed by William Robert Carey.
Her television credits include ABC's Suburgatory, NBC's Miss Match, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, and voicing the lead character in the animated television show Braceface which garnered her a Daytime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program". She also executive produced 75 episodes.
In October 2009, Silverstone released her first book titled The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. The book went to Number One on the New York Times bestseller list. In The Kind Diet, Silverstone shares her journey toward a more conscious way of eating and reveals how it has made her feel better than she ever thought possible. The book is filled with personal anecdotes, motivational tips, and nearly 100 delicious recipes. In February 2011 the paperback version of The Kind Diet was released with continued success and making the New York Times bestsellers list yet again.
Silverstone's second book The Kind Mama hit stores on April 15, 2014. The book was published by Rodale Books and is a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby.
In 2014 she started the mykind organics- vitamin line which is the first ever food based, organic, non GMO vegan vitamin.
Last year Silverstone appeared in the independent films King Cobra, directed by James Kelly, alongside James Franco and Garrett Clayton, Who Gets the Dog starring opposite Ryan Kwanten, and Catfight opposite Anne Heche and Sandra Oh. Last summer she also starred in Of Good Stock for the Manhattan Theatre Company. In May of this year, she starred in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.
Most recently, Silverstone was featured in YorgosLanthimos breakout thriller, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and the soon to be released The Tribes of Palos Verdes. Next year Silverstone will be seen starring in Paramount Network's new series American Woman, and alongside Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Candice Bergen in the highly anticipated comedy Book Club.
Mena Suvari made her film debut working with director Gregg Araki in the cult-classic Nowhere (1997). That was soon followed by the back to back blockbuster successes of American Pie (1999) and the five-time Oscar-awarded American Beauty (1999) which was directed by Sam Mendes and which she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She reunited with Jason Biggs in Amy Heckerling's romantic comedy Loser (2000) and continued to showcase her range in projects as diverse as Jonas Åkerlund's cult-classic Spun (2002), Rob Reiner's Rumor Has It (2005), Tony Scott's Domino (2005), Beauty Shop (2005) and Factory Girl (2006), amongst others, while also contributing sequels to the American PIe franchise in between (American Pie 2 in 2001 and American Reunion in 2012, respectively).
On the small screen, Mena reteamed with Alan Ball with an arc on the award-winning HBO series Six Feet Under (2004), played the iconic Black Dahlia in Ryan Murphy's television series American Horror Story (2011), appeared on the hit series Chicago Fire (2013) and continued to work in the medium with the lead in the Amazon pilot Hysteria (2014) and WeTv's mini-series South of Hell (2015), executive produced by both Eli Roth and Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions. Mena most recently wrapped on Paramount Network series American Woman starring opposite Alicia Silverstone and produced by John Wells slated for the Summer of 2018 and will appear in the sketch series Hot Date for PopTV starting in November.
Jennifer Bartels is an actress, writer and comedian who resides in Los Angeles. After graduating from East Carolina University, she headed to NYC where she studied and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on house improv and sketch teams. She was cast in the FOX Reboot of In Living Color, appeared in Men In Black 3, and was featured as NY Daily News Top Five Funniest women. She was also selected as one of the "New Faces of Comedy" for the 2013 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. She was a member of truTV's first scripted sketch show, Friends of the People, where she served as writer, performer and executive producer for two seasons. Additionally, she served as writer, performer and executive producer in the relationship dramedy series Broken on ABC.com.
She just wrapped season 1 of Paramount Networks new show American Woman, playing the dynamic role of Diana, and has loved every moment. Be kind, be thankful and never stop working on you.
about American Woman
Inspired by the upbringing of co-executive producer and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Kyle Richards, this series follows an unconventional mom named Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone) struggling to raise her daughters with the help of her two best friends Kathleen (Mena Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels) as they discover their own brand of independence amid the rise of second-wave feminism in the 1970s.