Before Claire Danes auditioned for the role of Angela Chase, a then-unknown Alicia Silverstone was the favorite for the role. Casting director Linda Lowy said that the "decision got tough" when the crew realized they would be choosing a 13-year-old over Silverstone, who was 16 and "emancipated," meaning she could work longer hours. See more »
[looking at photo album]
Oh my God! Mom, he's cute.
I told you so.
I can't trust your judgment on cuteness. Mom! You went hitchhiking?
That is a totally fake picture! That never happened and it either of you girls ever attempt such a thing...
Mom, you really haven't seen him since high school?
Oh, I haven't even thought about him in years.
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My So-Called Life is one of those instant classics. A brilliant show, it just came along at the wrong time and was subsequently canned after one season. But that only adds to it's legend and in a small way makes the series even more enjoyable now on DVD. The writing never got a chance to waiver. There was never really a bad episode. The cast never had to grow up and face "the college years" or even prom. Instead we are left with this one season, this one year of high school, with a brilliant group of characters who are locked forever in youth.
The shows are great. Claire Danes took the Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy. And when you compare this one series with two High School dramas it was sandwiched between; the richy richy farce of the early 90s' Beverly Hills 90210 and the glossy junk of the late 90s' Dawson Creek, you see how true, poignant and amazing these 19 hours My So Called Life truly are.
This was a real classic. That it was canceled so quickly only proves Networks know NOTHING about quality.
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