Ready to feel old? It's been 20 years since My So-Called Life premiered in 1994, meaning it has also been 20 years since we first met and fell in love with Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano. It's appropriate to swoon now.
Unfortunately, the ABC drama was canceled after just 19 episodes, and we never got more than one beautiful season. In the series finale, while Angela's dad was well on his way to an affair, Angela drove off with Jordan, leaving Brian standing sadly in the street. The cancellation was devastating at the time, and continues to upset us, even to this day.
Luckily, just in time for the 20-year anniversary, a few details have emerged about what might have gone down if the show had gotten a second season. Bess Armstrong, who played Angela's mother, Patty, recently talked to Vanity Fair about the Chases' marriage troubles.
"[Creator] Winnie [Holzman] had told me that, because Graham was beginning that affair, I know I was going to go into a major depression. I know that she told me that the thing which was going to force Angela to become more of the adult in the household. I swear on a stack of Bibles, she did tell me this."
No Bibles necessary, because in an interview with Time, Winnie Holzman somewhat confirmed this sad news:
"There were thoughts I had, and I would have done some version of them...I was also picturing something that had to do with Patty becoming depressed over the ending of her marriage. I was picturing Angela stepping into a leadership role where she really had to become almost the designated adult."
Armstrong also revealed that Patty would only get "up and out of bed" when Rickie, who once lived with the Chases, would get into trouble.
Now here's the kicker—Holzman also told Time that she "wanted to get somebody pregnant." The lucky girl? "That probably would have been Sharon."
So what might Angela Chase be doing today? Holzman has a (very, very) theoretical answer for that, too.
"Claire [Danes] and I joke that she would have gone and become an agent in the CIA!"
Of course, after being nominated for an Emmy for her role as Angela, Claire Danes went on to win multiple Emmys for her role as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Showtime's Homeland, so this is now canon in our heads.