You cast River Phoenix as a wayward kid- a kind of bad-boy-trying-to-turn-good in James Wright.
While actor Christian Slater portrayed the role of Mark Hunter, the teenager in question, Mathis was given the part of Nora Diniro, a fellow student who is the first to realize his true identity.
Born into a family of actors, the blonde knew from a young age that acting was something that she wanted to pursue. When she was still a toddler, her parents separated and divorced; she was subsequently raised wholly by her mother.
While she appeared in a handful of commercials during her youth, it wasn’t until she was sixteen that she made her debut in the the television series, the last of which earned her a Saturn Award for the category of “Best Supporting Actress on Television”. After living in the city of Brooklyn for the early years of her childhood, they moved to Los Angeles when she was five years old.
As he looked at me sheepishly, he said, "They have no idea it's me." Then it dawned on me the boy they were screaming for (River! I spoke with director Peter Bogdanovich about the making of his film and those last horrible days after Phoenix died.
Nicki Richesin: In 1993, you directed an incredibly charming film with River Phoenix and then relatively unknown stars Sandra Bullock and Dermot Mulroney.