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September 11, 1997
iolland days: Multi-facetedaactor, singer, rapper
Sean Holland proves he's far more than just 'Clueless'P

By Julia Shih
Daily Film Editor
Back before Will Smith was fighting
intergalactic crime as a studly man in
black, he was a fresh kid in funky
clothes, kicking it in the ritzy town of
Bel Air. For all fans who remember
Smith from way back when, the career
of UPN's "Clueless" star Sean Holland
may seem oddly familiar.
Holland is currently best recognized
as the fresh kid in funky clothes kicking
it with Cher and the gang in absurdly
affluent Beverly Hills. A talented enter-
tainer who threatens to take Hollywood
by storm, the easy-going and modest
young actor admits that he wouldn't
mind seeing his career blossom like
Smith's.
"I always say this and people are
probably going to think I'm crazy, but
I'd love to have a Will Smith-type career
(and) go straight from TV to feature
films," Holland told The Michigan
Daily. "I mean, I want to do things pos-
itive - family, kids, comedy type of
movies. I don't want to get caught up
into the serious murder-type and all
that."
For real-life nice-guy Holland who
plays Murray's best friend Sean on the
show, it looks like his career is aiming
towards the same gold-bricked path.
While Holland's acting background
consists of a brief history in theater and
guest spots on the television shows
"Sister, Sister" and "The Parent 'Hood,"
he is no rookie to the entertainment
industry.
"I've been rapping for a while. I put
out a CD through a label called A Street
Records, which is a subsidiary of
Avenue Records, called, 'Tales From
the Crib."'
His latest musical venture is a jazz
album under the name Bare Bones on
the label Monster Music, titled "For the
Mind, Body and Soul." He has also
worked with a variety of popular music

groups, whether performing as the
frontman, or working back-up.
"I've rapped on different remix ver-
sions for Tom Jones,' said Holland. "I
even did a little bit of Spanish rap on
this singer's album, Angelica. I've
toured all over the place doing the rap
thing because that's initially what I
wanted to do career-wise. But it's great
now doing 'Clueless.' I get to do a little
bit of both - I get to rap on the show as
well as act"
Similarly, superstar Will Smith also
went from being a popular rap artist to
the star of a hit sitcom. But while "The
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" was set around
Smith, Holland had to do a little bit
more work to secure his spot on televi-
sion.
Holland's acting career was launched
by what at first seemed like a disap-
pointing experience. Holland had origi-
nally auditioned for a part in a movie
titled "No Worries" from 20th Century
Fox. Holland explained, "I initially went
out for the role of Murray. What hap-
pened was, long story short, 20th
Century dropped the project,
Paramount picked the project back up.
Unfortunately, I wanted to go back in
for the audition but the woman who was
casting for it didn't think I was right for
the part, and hired someone else for it.
But later on down the line, I get a call
out of nowhere saying, 'We just want to
hire you for the part of Murray's friend.
You don't have to audition, you don't
have to do anything. The part is yours if
you want it.'
"So I ended up getting two days on
the job, plus getting one of my songs
that was on my album at the time into
the movie as well:"
The film was later renamed
"Clueless,' and the rest is teen cult-
movie history.
As for the beginnings of "Clueless,"
the television series, the show recycles
not only outlandish wardrobes, hip

slang and the unparalleled attitude, but
many of the actors from the film as
well. Also playing their same respective
roles in the show are Stacey Dash as
Cher's best friend Dionne, Donald
Adeosun Faison as Dionne's boyfriend
Murray and Elisa Donovan as Cher's
rival Amber.
To Holland, starting the show was a
lot easier with so many familiar faces
returning. "I think it helped a lot
because everybody (had) built a friend-
ship. Especially, I only had like one
scene in the movie, but I got to really
meet everybody and we got to spend a
lot of time together the two days that I
was there. So I think it helps a lot,
everybody knowing each other
already."
Holland continued, "It was almost
like doing a sequel pretty much, but it
was a little bit easier."
In it's second season (it spent it's first
on ABC's Friday night line-up),
"Clueless" promises to provide some
quality entertainment in the upcoming
months. Though the show is still in pro-
duction and not set to premiere until
Sept. 23, it is already apparent that the
producers are preparing an onslaught of
fun for its audience.
"One of my favorite (episode premis-
es) so far, is my character, Sean, decides
that he's finally found something he
likes to do, which is science. I enter into
a science competition and I decide I'm
too smart to hang out with Murray any-
more ... I want to hang out with the sci-
ence nerds"
Holland continued, "There's also a
back-to-school episode where we say
what we all did over the summer. And
here again, I get to do a little rap thing
where, over the summer I put out a rap
CD and I'm selling them out of my
locker at school."
Holland admitted that playing Sean is
no problem, as he basically gets to be
himself when the cameras are rolling.

Sean Holland and on-screen best fiend
Donald Adeosun Faison are the macks.
"Sean is my real name and it's my real
character, so it pretty much is me -
outgoing, a people-pleaser trying to
please everybody; just a happy guy who
likes to make people laugh"
Holland wasn't kidding when he said
that he tries to please everybody. The
likable actor is intent on doing films
that will expose his charming talent to
people of all ages.
"I want everybody to be able to come
see my movies," said Holland. "People
that do (more mature-audience type
movies), that's great for them. But I
would prefer to do the Sinbad-type of
comedy where the whole family could
come see it and enjoy it. Like I could
take my movie to church and pop it in
the VCR. Like if I can't put my movie in
for my church, then I probably don't
need to be doing it:'
For the time being, his church and
every other congregation in the nation
can catch this rising star on television
every Tuesday starting Sept. 23 on
UPN.
While Will Smith may currently be a
household name, with Holland's talents
and amiable attitude, it won't be long
before aspiring young actors start
dreaming of being the next Sean
Holland. With the current dismal state
of the entertainment industry, the world
definitely needs more pleasant and gift-,
ed performers like Sean.

Its-not unusual: Former Tom Jones back-up rapper Sean Holland now stars as
Sean in "Clueless," now airing Tuesdays on the UPN network.

ABC?As if! 'Clueless' gang moves to UPN

By Julia Shih should enjoy the new series almost as
Daily Film Editor much as they enjoyed the film.
When the movie "Clueless" became "Clueless" continues it's unique sense
huge hit in 1995, it took many people of fashion, dialogue and quirky charac-
surprise. While the seemingly pre- ters in the colorful and brash series.
adolescent theme had many people dis- The new season premieres on UPN
missing it with a on Sept. 23, and
C h e r- l i k e new episodes will
"Whatever," it REVIEW air every Tuesday.
stole the hearts of The series was
softies of all ages Clueless incredibly success-
antiwon a loyal fan ful in its first sea-
following. But UPN son, airing as part
while "Clueless" is Premieres Tuesday. sept 23 of ABC's TGIF
a film that doesn't lineup, consistently
.ite deserve a sequel, Paramount ranking as the No. I television show
mpts to squeeze all the profits it can among teenage girls.
out of the movie's success through a So popular was this program, that it
spin-off television series. spawned a variety of merchandise
-But while adult audiences can take including Mattel dolls resembling Cher,
only so much mindless fluff, younger Amber and Dionne, telephones, inter-
audiences and those youthful at heart active software, jewelry hair acces-

sories, school supplies and even a cloth-
ing line. The show also imprinted a
cryptic language on impressionable
young minds that has caused middle
school teachers more confusion than
the advent of Ebonics.
Though Alicia Silverstone opted to
continue her reign as teen queen in
motion pictures, most of the cast from
the film returns in the show. The familiar
faces make it much easier for audiences
to make the transition from the film to
the television program.
Silverstone's replacement, Rachel
Blanchard, looks much like the Cher we
remember when she is all decked out in
her outrageous (yet perfectly matched)
outfits. Blanchard, a Toronto native, was
previously seen in the Nickelodeon
series, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
and starred with Louis Gossett, Jr. in
"Iron Eagle IV"

Stacey Dash as Dionne and Donald
Adeosun Faison as Murray make up the
couple that everyone at the high school
wants to be a part of. Sean Holland plays
Murray's best friend and Elisa Donovan
also returns as Cher's fashion rival,
Amber.
This season, everyone is now a junior
in high school, with both new and old
problems. The cast will be attempting to
tackle the SATs, problems with the
opposite sex, friendship, grades, par-
ents and contemplating their future.
Some upcoming storylines include
Cher and Dionne discussing the possibil-
ity of Cher dating a sexy singer and
Murray and Sean becoming entrepre-
neurs.
While "Clueless" definitely isn't a
show that will amuse every viewer, most
people who immensely appreciated the
movie will also enjoy the series.

"Clueless" the N series stars Elisa Donovan as the villainous Amber; Rachel
Blanchard as ring leader Cher; and Stacey Dash as sassy Dionne.
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