The movie Mean Girls was released nearly 13 years ago. Does that make you feel old yet? To look back on this classic, we compiled a list of things you may not know about the movie.
Speaking of age, did you know that Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) and Regina George (Rachel McAdams) are meant to be the same age? In real life, McAdams was 26 years old when they started filming, an entire eight years older than 18-year-old Lohan. What’s even crazier? Amy Poehler, who played Regina George’s mom, was only 33-years old when they released the movie. That’s just seven years older than McAdams.
The original name of the movie was supposed to be Homeschooled. This is because Lohan’s character Cady was homeschooled her entire life. But the title just doesn’t have the same effect as Mean Girls. I’m so glad Fey decided to change it.
I’m so mad this scene didn’t make the final cut. There was supposed to be a scene at the end of the movie where Damien (Daniel Franzese) auditioned for American Idol. I would have paid to see that happen.
Did you know that Lindsay Lohan originally auditioned for the role of Regina George? Maybe considering some of her very public antics after she rose to fame, she would have been better suited to play the antagonist. But, at the movie started filming, 2004, Lohan had just played the “good girl” character in two movies, Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. So she wanted to switch it up. However, director Mark Waters, thought that she would be better as Cady.
All that glorious blonde Regina George hair? Yeah, it’s all fake. Rachel McAdams wore a wig in the movie. Well, that should come as no surprise. With a group name like “The Plastics,” how could you expect anything to be real about those girls?
Did you know that Ashley Tisdale originally auditioned for the role of Karen Smith? The role went to Amanda Seyfried, who did a great job with it. Tisdale got her big break a couple years later with High School Musical.
During a scene where Cady goes and asks for a bathroom pass, viewers get a glimpse of the blackboard behind the teacher, which lists “silicone” as a periodic element. The actual element is silicon. So, this silicone Easter egg must have been implanted (see what I did there?) as a reference to “The Plastics.”
I’m having a hard time picturing this one. Originally, James Franco was considered for the role of Aaron Samuels. I’m having a hard time picturing this one. In the end, the role was given to Jonathan Bennett. Plus, Franco was like 25-years-old at the time, and him in a high school setting creeps me out.
While we’re on the subject of Aaron Samuels, Jonathan Bennett eventually got the role because Tina Fey thought he resembled a young Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy is totally cute and quirky, and Fey must have a little soft spot for him, both being SNL alums and all.
Lizzy Caplan’s character Janis Ian is a homage to SNL’s first musical guest, Janis Ian. Mean Girls Janis has some things in common with the real life Janis. Caplan’s Janis is picked on at school and called a lesbian. In real life, Janis Ian was an out lesbian.
Tim Meadow's character, Mr. Duvall, had a cast around his arm throughout the movie. Mr. Duvall, the principal of the school, said that he had carpel tunnel. But really, that was written into the film because Meadows broke his hand prior to shooting.
So, Lohan wanted to play Regina George. But did you know that Rachel McAdams wanted to play Cady? Could you imagine how different the movie would be if these two reversed roles? That being said, McAdams nailed it playing the cold hard b**ch.