Actresses Michelle Pfeiffer, Demi Moore, and Shelley Long were considered, but it was Melanie Griffith who won the title role in Working Girl. Now, on the 30th anniversary of director Mike Nichols’ classic rom-com, the stars are sharing their memories.
Mike wanted Alec Baldwin for the male lead, but since Melanie wasn’t a big name, the studio urged him to cast Harrison Ford instead, and Alec wound up with a smaller role as Melanie’s cheating ex. “I had such a crush on him. But he wouldn’t go there with me. I was like, ‘Oh come on, have a romance with me!’” Melanie recently recalled of Alec to the Hollywood Reporter. “But he said, ‘I can’t do this with people I work with.’ He’s a sweetheart.”
Though she didn’t get to have a romance with Alec, Melanie later ended up falling in love with another one of her colleagues instead. The lucky man you might ask? Liam Dalton (the current Axiom capital management CEO) that Mike brought on to teach Melanie about “mergers and acquisitions.”
“I was like, ‘Oh great, I have to work with some dork from Wall Street,’” Melanie jokingly recalled. “And then this guy walked in, and he was so gorgeous, so sexy. I was like, ‘Yeah, tell me about mergers and acquisitions all you want.’ We had an incredible romance. He was my love for a long time after that, too. We’re still friends. He lives in New York, is married and has four kids.”
In Working Girl, Sigourney Weaver was recruited to play the third leg of the love triangle. “Mike handpicked us, and we all knew it,” Sigourney said. “I had such a wonderful time working on the picture. I’ll never forget it.”
Harrison agreed, “It was more like a party than a movie. I always loved shooting in New York, especially with Mike, because we never failed to have a nice lunch. He was such a funny f–ker and so smart and generous and a good, kind human being who always knew where all the good restaurants were.”
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