American Woman star Alicia Silverstone is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Redbook Magazine.
You might say that Alicia Silverstone is having a moment, but that would be shortsighted. In the more than two decades since the 41-year-old became mega-famous for her turn as Cher Horowitz in Clueless, she’s stirred the creative pot now and then with a role onscreen or onstage, but mostly put acting on the back burner.
Instead, she’s been focused on animal advocacy and nurturing a vegan wellness empire that includes a thriving website (The Kind Life), two books (the New York Times best-selling The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama), and a top-selling brand of plant-based vitamins called MyKind Organics.
“I went on a quest to change the world … and then one day I went, ‘Wait, I want to act too. What’s going on?'” she says.
Her next role, as ’70s mom Bonnie Nolan in American Woman, is set to land her back in the spotlight and at the top of must-watch lists.
It is dishy, glamorous, and celebratory of ballsy women — exactly what you’d expect from a story based on the life of the mother of a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star (Kyle Richards, who is co-executive producer).
Like Bonnie, Alicia recently split with her husband (and the father of her son, Bear Blu, 7). So Redbook caught up with the busier-than-ever mom to find out how she’s juggling her new roles.
Do you see yourself in Bonnie?
“Well, Bonnie’s a much more irresponsible mother than I am [laughs]. But she adores her kids. At that time women didn’t act and have children, so she gave up her dream to become a mother and wife. We’ve all gotten stuck in life and accepted things because they’re good enough. But when her husband crosses her, she chooses not to accept it. She doesn’t ponder, Oh, shoot, [what should I do?]. She’s a badass, but also vulnerable — that’s what makes her so interesting.”
Like Bonnie, you’re now a single working mother. What has that transition been like for you?
“Obviously, it’s heartbreaking. You don’t ever think you’ll be apart when you get married. All I can really say is that we’ll co-parent Bear together, and this is completely a good thing for both of us.”
Oh, are you dating?
“Yes, I go on dates, and I find it very fascinating meeting interesting, intelligent, different people. I’m super excited about being available and open to whatever’s next. Of course, there’s tons about it that’s confusing.”
American Woman airs on Paramount Network.
Photography: Alexei Hay / Fashion Editor: Tiffany Reid / Hair: John D. / Makeup: Christopher Ardoff / Manicure: Michina Koide