Get ready to bring on all the nostalgia, you guys, because the entire cast of Mean Girls just reunited, and seeing them together, more than 16 years after the movie came out, is seriously making us emotional.
Not only did Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Tim Meadows, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, Ana Gasteyer, Daniel Franzese, Rajiv Surendra and Jonathan Bennett get together to raise awareness about the upcoming Presidential Election, but they also spilled so many behind-the-scenes secrets from the making of the beloved flick! Yep, from a star who was supposed to act in it but got fired to what they really felt about their characters, the stars shared so many juicy on set details that we never even knew about the film! Here’s everything they dished during the virtual reunion…
They Haven’t Gotten Together Since The Premiere
It turns out, the entire cast hasn’t gotten together since the premiere of the movie back in 2004! But some of the stars (Bennett, who played Aaron Samuels, Gasteyer, who played Cady Heron’s mom, and Franzese, who played Damien Leigh) did go see the Broadway reimagined-version of the movie. That’s right, for those who missed it, the creator, Fey, turned the entire thing into a musical back in 2017, and it’s pretty epic.
“The show was amazing, I enjoyed it so much,” Gasteyer gushed.
Seyfried Was Not Ashamed To Play The Dumb Blonde
“No, actually, I was like, ‘I can nail this.’ I played this character all throughout high school to stay out of the drama, and it worked. It totally worked,” the actress explained, when asked how she felt about playing Karen Smith. “And the way it was written, I loved it.”
Chabert Also Loved Her Character
Chabert, who starred as Gretchen Weiners in the movie, was definitely a fan of her character too! She gushed, “When I read the script, obviously, Tina is just a genius. I just felt that she was so intensely insecure and desperate to have anyone’s approval, I thought that made her vulnerable. That was the sliver of her that made her likable and kept her from just being mean.”
As for her favorite line, she said it’s: “My dad, the inventor of Toaster Strudel, wouldn’t be too please to hear about this.” And she said they couldn’t stop laughing when they filmed that scene! For those who forgot, it took place right after Principle Ron Duvall discovered the Burn Book, and was questing Gretchen and Karen about it.
“[Meadows, who played the Principle] was so funny in that scene,” she explained. “It was to the point where Meadows’ reaction and the way he delivered everything — we were supposed to be all straight faced, but we were dying laughing and pinching ourselves. That’s a good day at the office when that’s the problem.”
The Word ‘Fetch’ Has A Funny Back Story
After the movie came out, almost everyone added the word “Fetch” to their vocabulary. But wondering where it came from? Well, the movie’s writer and director explained that she worked hard to come up with the hilarious term for the movie.
“I did some research and sat down with neighborhood teens. I was asking them about slang,” she revealed. “I started thinking, ‘Whatever I put in the movie now, by the time it gets made it’ll be over.’ So we made up something fake. ‘Fetch’ is short for fetching, which means something appealing. We just made it up.”
McAdams Felt ‘Cathartic’ Playing Regina George
Starring as a mean girl isn’t exactly easy, take it from McAdams. But overall, she felt the role was “cathartic” and “theraputc” for her.
“[I wasn’t] a queen bee in high school, so to later in life go back to those memories and try to channel them through this character was therapeutic,” she said.
McAdams Wore A Fat Suit During The Movie
As fans know, Cady tricked Regina into eating chocolate bars that made her gain weight. And it turns out, McAdams had to wear a fat suit during those scenes!
“We stuffed it with all these little beads,” she recalled. “We went in the bathroom and started stuffing my Juicy Couture track suit with so much toilet paper.”
Lohan Wanted To Play Regina Originally
Yep, she had her sights set on playing the Queen Bee at first.
“I wanted to play Regina. I had just done Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, where I was kind of a weirdo. I wanted to do a movie where I got to be pretty and dress pretty,” she dished. “But the more I read the script, the more I related to Cady and her sensitivity and the trapeze of emotions she goes through. She is going to a new school, and it was kind of like me. In between the movie I had done before Mean Girls and Mean Girls I had gone back to school, and it was a really weird transition for me. I was kind of like an outcast, so I really related to Cady.”
Caplan Related To Her Character A Lot
According to Caplan, who played Janis Ian, she was a lot like her character when she was in high school.
“I really didn’t have to dig that deep. I kinda was Janis in high school and still, to this day, I remain kind of Janis-y,” she said. “When I read the script, I loved it, and I wanted to do anything possible to get this job. I recreated my high school experience, including the gay best friend all that jazz. It was the most fun thing ever.”
Franzese’s Favorite On Set Memory Was The Time He Spent With Fey
It turns out, Franzese was most excited about working with Fey because he was a big fan of her work on Saturday Night Live!
“I was like, ‘I need to know everything [about SNL],’ and she was like, ‘How about one question a day?'” he joked. “Also, singing ‘Beautiful’ was really fun because when we shot it, the only person in the audience was my mom. She got to see such a funny day, I was just singing to her all day.”
Wow, that’s hilarious.
Bennett Was Brought In Last Minute Because Another Actor Was Fired
It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Aaron, but there was actually almost a different actor in the role!
“I was cast last minute, I was flown up the night before. They did a switch or something,” the actor revealed, with Fey adding, “Yeah, someone got fired.”
Fey Doesn’t Think Cady And Aaron’s Relationship Lasted
When asked where she thinks the beloved characters are these days, Fey admitted that she doesn’t think Cady and Aaron stayed together.
“I think they’re Facebook friends. I don’t think they ended up together. I wouldn’t want a pair of characters who met in high school to end up together,” she explained. “I hope they lived a little more than that.”
Surendra Can Still Do ‘The Kevin G Rap’
Prepare to bring on the LOLs because the actor who played Mathlete Kevin G redid his entire rap during the virtual hang out session, and boy, was it iconic!
He also opened up about the impact the movie had on his life.
“It was very authentically diverse, when I read the script it was the very first time that an Indian guy who was good at math didn’t talk [with an Indian accent]. I was shocked,” he said. “It was ahead of its time.”
Meadows Hurt His Hand Before Production Started
Did anyone else notice that Meadows was wearing a cast on his hand during the movie? It turns out, the actor actually got hurt in real life.
“I has to call Tina before we started to production and tell her that I had hurt my hand and if she wanted to write me out of the movie that I would understand,” he spilled. “She was like, ‘No, we already put you in it. I wrote it with you in mind so I want you to do it.’ So she wrote in the part about the carpal tunnel syndrome.”
BRB, going to watch the movie now, TTYL.