The 1980s and 1990s were taken by storm by strong, fearless women who set their own rules and made bold decisions - regardless of the outcome. These nostalgic "it girls" had a strong presence in these decades, and to this day, they remain household names and fan favorites.
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Christian Slater and Winona Ryder played love interests on-screen in the 1989 dark comedy Heathers, but the two never struck up an actual relationship off-screen.
However, years after the debut of the film, Slater admitted he still has a crush on Ryder, gushing:
We don't speak on a regular basis, but I love her. I've never gotten over the crush I had on her then. She is still the woman of my dreams.
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In the original Star Wars trilogy, co-stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher played siblings, and their relationship off-screen took on a similar tenor. In an interview, Hamill recalled their deep friendship and the love Fisher had for life:
She was so committed to joy and fun and embracing life. She had an Auntie Mame quality to her. I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set. Making her laugh was always a badge of honor.
I remember during Empire we were split up storywise; it was a difficult film to shoot and there was a lot of tension on the set. I was off in the swampland with the puppets and robots, but at least Carrie and Harrison got to work with human beings.
Once at lunchtime she said, “You should try on my jumpsuit.”
I said, “The one-piece white jumpsuit? You’re what, 5’2"? I’ll never get in!”
She said, “Just try.”
I put on that Princess Leia zipper jumpsuit and it was so tight I looked like a Vegas lounge singer. If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, she had me put on one of those bald cap masks with the Bozo hair and glasses and nose and then she walked me around the backlot.
Filmmaker Richard Kelly was thrilled to have a then-25-year-old Drew Barrymore play the part of Karen Pomeroy in his 2001 film, Donnie Darko.
Not only did Barrymore help with financing, but she also saved the movie from going direct to video, and her interest also brought bigger stars on board. Kelly discussed Barrymore's role in helping to finance, saying:
We had Drew for one week and she was our key to the financing. We had to go into production later in the summer of 2000 or we were going to lose Drew.
Kelly elaborated more, saying:
Letting someone else direct was never an option. I knew it would never see the light of day, or be drastically rewritten. Once Drew Barrymore signed on, we got the finance we needed: $4.5m. Having Drew also helped us get other actors who might have been reluctant to work with a first-time director.
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Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry starred alongside one another in 2002's Die Another Day. The two played lovers in the action film, and Berry recalls a time when Brosnan had to save her via the Heimlich maneuver during a love scene.
Berry recalled the incident on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, telling an audience:
I was supposed to be all sexy, trying to seduce him with a fig. I end up choking on it and he had to get up and do the Heimlich. So not sexy. James Bond knows how to Heimlich! He was there for me, he will always be one of my favourite people in the whole world.
Brosnan, however, had a different memory of what happened, jokingly telling Jimmy Fallon:
I vaguely remember it, I've seen little quotes in the press recently. We were on the set, I'm not quite sure what I did, I might have Heimliched her, I'm not sure. I just patted her on the back.
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While Julia Roberts is best known for her roles in Pretty Woman, Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, and more, some actors who have worked with her have been less than thrilled by the experience.
On an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, co-star Hugh Grant made note of how he didn't think Roberts was a good kisser. However, he may have been trying to make a joke. Nick Nolte, who starred alongside Roberts in 1994's I Love Trouble, made much more incendiary remarks, claiming, "she's not a nice person. Everyone knows that."
During the filming of 1991's Hook, Roberts reportedly did not get along with director Steven Spielberg or the crew, and was nicknamed "Tinker Hell."
After theater critic Roger Friedman had a run-in with Roberts in 2009, he was anything but impressed, telling Fox News:
She cut me dead. She was rude, downright nasty, and dismissive. [Roberts] cut in between me and director Tony Gilroy to make her point. Her behavior was unexpected and chilling.
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The 1986 sci-fi comedy Howard the Duck, featuring Ed Gale and Lea Thompson, follows a humanoid duck, Howard (Gale), as he is taken from his homeworld and dragged to Earth. Once on Earth, he meets rocker Beverly Switzler (Thompson). The two must then work together to stop an alien invasion.
After the filming, the two co-stars became lifelong friends, with Gale saying in an interview, "Lea Thompson was an absolute dream to work with. We still keep in touch to this day."