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Mira Sorvino Makes Surprise Appearance at 20th Anniversary Screening of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

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It’s a High School Reunion reunion.

Fans attending a special screening of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion in Los Angeles got a major kick this past weekend when star Mira Sorvino made a surprise appearance to mark the film’s 20th anniversary.

The Oscar-winning actress, who played slacker Romy in the cult-favorite 1997 film opposite Lisa Kudrow as Michele, was joined at Cinespia‘s screening at the Palace Theatre by the film’s screenwriter, Robin Schiff.

It was also a family affair for Sorvino, who brought along her husband, Christopher Backus, and their children to the screening.



Speaking to the crowd, Sorvino said that she never envisioned the film would strike such a strong chord with fans — and remain arguably her most popular movie to date.

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“There’s something about it that touches so many people and people can relate to it and it seems not to get old and everyone remembers being that person in high school who needs to rise above, and the friendship and crazy fashion and all of that,” she said about the comedy, about two slackers who ratchet up all sorts of hijinks at their high school reunion as they try to convince classmates they’ve hit it big (two words: Post-its!).

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“I did this movie because I was a geek in high school, I hated high school, but I had a couple of amazing friends and I related to the Romy and Michele story because it reminded me of me and my best friends,” she added.

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She also addressed longstanding chatter about a possible sequel, which fans have been increasingly clamoring for — and which Kudrow has said she’d be up for.

“A paparazzi jumps out of nowhere and was like, ‘Mira! So it is true there’s going to be a sequel to Romy and Michele?,’ ” she said, recalling a recent run-in with a shutterbug in Florida. “I was like, ‘Um, I don’t know! I really want there to be one!’ ”

She added, “We’ve always been interested, and it sounds like you’re interested, so hopefully yes, but I can’t say. Robin would write it and we would be in it and we would love you to come see it.”