Larisa Oleynik starred in the Nickelodeon series The Secret World of Alex Mackin the '90s, and the actress says she's "curious" but leery about revisiting the titular role. In Uncork'd Entertainment's new horror-comedy movie Animal Among Us, Oleynik stars . In our new interview with Oleynik, we spoke with the '90s teen idol about her newer roles like the one in Animal Among Us along with some of her most memorable projects from the past, and this led to the conversation turning to a potential revival of The Secret World of Alex Mack.
Right now, we are living in the "Nostalgia Era" of television in the sense that nearly every classic movie and TV series from the '80s and '90s is getting a revival. Because The Secret World of Alex mack was one of the highest-rated Nickelodeon shows of its decade, this gives the series the potential for a reunion special or reboot series to be developed. The recent revival of All That, which also featured Oleynik in a memorable parody of Alex Mack in the '90s, only lends further credence to the possibility. It certainly wouldn't work without Oleynik's involvement, however, so we asked Oleynik if she would be open to reprising the role, and although very apprehensive, she admits she isn't totally opposed to the idea.
Here's what Oleynik told us when directly asked if she would consider revisiting Alex Mack:
"You know, I don't know that I'd want to tamper with it. I think as it is, it's pretty special, but... I would be curious to revisit the character to see where she's at in her life. Tommy and I have talked about it from time to time, Tommy [Lynch] who's the creator, but I don't know. I would just have to see. Most of me is saying let's just leave it be. Everything is rosy-colored in hindsight, let's leave it be what it is. Let's think of it fondly."
The Secret World of Alex Mack first debuted on Nickelodeon in 1994. It starred Oleynik as an ordinary teenager who's drenched with toxic chemicals, giving her extraordinary abilities such as telekinesis, the power to generate electricity, and the ability to liquify and travel in the form of a puddle. The series also featured Darris Love as Alex's best friend Ray and Meredith Bishop, Michael Blakley, and Dorian Lipinto as her sister and parents, respectively. During its time on the air, The Secret World of Alex Mack was one of the network's top three highest-rated shows. The series ended in 1998 after airing nearly 80 episodes across four seasons, and fans of the show still remember it with a fond nostalgia all these years later.
During our little trip down memory lane, we also brought up Oleynik's 1999 teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. The cult classic starred Oleynik alongside Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Heath Ledger and has grown to become one of the most popular movies of its type from the era. Remembering the movie very fondly and admitting she never gets sick of watching it, Oleynik also spoke about how the chemistry she had with her co-stars is unlike anything else she's seen since. "It's really something I haven't experienced since then," Oleynik says of her time on the movie's set. "I haven't experienced a group of people really getting along so, so, so well, and without ego or pretense, just really enjoying each other's company."
As mentioned above, All That is back on Nickelodeon, and new episodes of Rugrats are also on the way. Rocko's Modern Life and Invader Zim have also had revivals of their own on Netflix, and a new deal between the streaming service and Nickelodeon means many more classic Nick show revivals are also on the way. With Oleynik not outright saying no, we just might see Alex Mack again one day as well. The full interview can be found at movieweb.com.