Comedy writer Tina Fey and director Mark Waters struck an insane amount of gold with the 2004 film Mean Girls, which starred Lindsay Lohan. The movie would become a massive success for everyone involved with a worldwide gross of $129 million. The movie would also be named one of the best teen comedies of all time by various publications. Everyone from Mariah Carey to Barack Obama throw out lines from the film, and even the smallest characters in the film still receive recognition on the streets. We take a look at the cast of the film and talk about some cool trivia.
Lindsay Lohan played the role of Cady Heron. She originally read for the role of Regina George, but she was scared that her reputation would be ruined with this role. In recent years, she would get more adult roles, including Tara in The Canyons, Aubrey Fleming in I Know Who Killed Me, and Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic Liz & Dick.
Rachel McAdams played Regina George in the film. The Canadian actress has received praise and nominations for her recent work in True Detective and Spotlight. She recently worked on the Marvel film Doctor Strange with the role of Christine Palmer, who was originally featured in the Night Nurse comic book series.
Lacey Chabert, who is best known for portraying Claudia Salinger on Party of Five and Eliza Thornberry on The Wild Thornberrys, played the role of Gretchen Wieners. Recently, she has lent her voice to Danielle “Dani” Burns on Transformers: Rescue Bots and Zatanna Zatara on various DC cartoons and video games, including Young Justice and Infinite Crisis.
Amanda Seyfried made her film debut as Karen Smith. The Allentown, Pennsylvania native would go on the have noticeable roles as porn star Linda Lovelace in the biopic Lovelace, Sophie Sheridan in the musical film Mamma Mia!, Cosette in the musical film Les Misérables, and Sarah Henrickson in the HBO drama Big Love.
Lizzy Caplan played the role of Cady’s friend Janis Ian. The Los Angeles, California native would gain praise for her role of Virginia Johnson in the Showtime series Masters of Sex, which she also produces. Her performance landed her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Jonathan Bennett, who portrayed JR Chandler on All My Children from 2001 to 2002, played the role of Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels. The Rossford, Ohio native recently competed on the popular ABC dancing competition Dancing with the Stars. He currently hosts the Food Network competition series Cake Wars.
Aside from writing the film, Tina Fey also played math teacher Ms. Sharon Norbury. The Saturday Night Live alumni won several awards for her work on the hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock. Recently, she’s working on the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which features former 30 Rock co-star Jane Krakowski.
Daniel Franzese played the role of Cady’s classmate Damien. The New York City native has made appearances on show such as The Comeback, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Burn Notice. He is currently a series regular on the ABC legal drama Conviction, which stars Agent Carter actress Hayley Atwell.
Saturday Night Live alumni Tim Meadows played Principal Ron Duvall in the film. The Highland Park, Michigan native is also known for his work in The Colbert Report, The Bill Engvall Show, and Bob’s Burgers. He can currently be seen on the Fox series Son of Zorn as online college professor Craig.
Saturday Night Live alumni Amy Poehler played June George. Aside from the popular late night variety series, the Newton, Massachusetts native is also known for portraying Leslie Knope on the hit NBC series Parks & Recreation. She would team up with Tina Fey as the co-hosts for the Golden Globe Awards from 2013 to 2015.
Ana Gasteyer, who is best known for her work in Saturday Night Live, played the role of Cady’s mom. In 2014, the Washington D.C. native released her debut album “I’m Hip,” which made its way onto the top 10 Jazz Albums chart on iTunes. She recently appeared on Fox’s Grease Live.
Neil Flynn played the role of Cady’s dad. The Chicago, Illinois native is best known for portraying the Janitor on the NBC sitcom Scrubs and Mike Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle. He has also lent his voice to Skidd McMarx and the Plumber in the “Rachet & Clank” video game series.
Daniel DeSanto, who is best known for his roles of Tucker on Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Carlos Ramon on The Magic School Bus, played the jock Jason in the film. The Canadian actor has also lent his voice to Ray in the Beyblade series and Daring Danny X on the Nickelodeon series PAW Patrol.
Rajiv Surendra played the Mathletes leader and rapper Kevin Gnapoor. After a role in the 2005 short film 6 ft. in 7 min., the Canadian retired from acting. He currently works in calligraphy. He is also set to release a new memoir titled The Elephants in My Backyard, which will go in deeper into his time working in Hollywood.
Diego Klattenhoff had his first noticeable role as jock Shane Omen in the film. In 2011, he started playing the role of Mike Faber in the Showtime drama Homeland, which earned him a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He currently portrays special agent Donald Ressler on the hit NBC crime thriller The Blacklist.
Dwayne Hill played Coach Carr in the film. The Canadian actor is best known for his voice roles as Three on Seven Little Monsters, Principal Greedyguts on Jacob Two-Two, and Dex on Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist. In 2014, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his work on the cartoon Peg+Cat.
At the age of six years old, Nicole Crimi played Regina George’s sister Kylie, who fans know for dancing to Kelis’ song “Milkshake.” After the film, the Canadian actress landed roles in To Die 4, In The Stars, and JoJo’s Circus. She has since retired from acting and started a career in art.
Dan Willmott played Regina and Kylie’s father Mr. George in the film. After Mean Girls, the actor has been seen in television shows such as Supernatural, General Hospital, Smallville, Psych, and Intergenerational Relationship Retreat. Recently, he produced the upcoming short film The Real Detectives and starred in the shorts Painful Truth and The Annual.
Clare Preuss played Caroline Krafft, who costs her team the victory at the math competitions. Aside from Mean Girls,”the Canadian actress has been seen in Loser, Urban Legends: Final Cut, and The Prince and Me. While she took some time away from acting, she is currently working on the adventure film We.
Sharron Matthews played Joan the Secretary, who is best known for her line “They’ve gone wild, the girls have gone wild!” After the film, she has been seen in the films Cinderella Man, Hairspray, and Camille. She is currently working on the horror film Buckout Road, which stars Emmy-nominated actor Danny Glover and Hemlock Grove star Kyle Mac. She is a frequent cabaret performer across the country.
Julia Chantrey, who won the 2002 Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for her work on the Canadian crime drama Blue Murder, played the role of Amber D’Alessio, who was a member of the Burnouts clique (and apparently made out with a hot dog). From 2007 to 2011, she had the recurring role of Eva in the Canadian animated series Total Drama.
Stefanie Drummond’s first acting role was fan favorite Bethany Byrd, who was a member of the Desperate Wannabes. Since the film, the actress has landed roles on the television shows Ladies Like Us: The Rise of Neighborhood Watch, It’s Me Gerald,Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, and Little Mosque on the Prairie.
Jan Caruana made her acting debut as Emma Gerber, who chooses to eat her feelings. The Canadian actress has made appearances on The Time Traveler’s Wife and Rookie Blue, but she also turned her attention to writing. Her writing credits include the television series Sunnyside, Make It Pop, and The Other Kingdom.
“You go, Glen Coco!” is one of the most memorable lines from the film. David Reale played the role of Glen Coco, who didn’t have one line in the film, and you couldn’t even see his face. The Canadian actor is best known for the roles of Kai Hiwatari and Tsubasa Otori in the Beyblade animated series. He also landed a recurring role on the hit USA legal drama Suits.
Alisha Morrison, who is also known for portraying Laura Peters in the 1996 Harriet The Spy film, played Lea Edwards, who was a member of the Unfriendly Black Hotties clique. After the film, she made appearances in the television series Instant Star, ‘Da Kink in My Hair, and The Listener.
Jonathan Malen played the role of Kristen Hadley’s boyfriend in the film. After the film, he landed roles on several children television shows, including Wild Kratts, Girlstuff/Boystuff, and The Blobheads. He is currently working on the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist and the crime drama Cardinal.
Reunited And It Feels So Good
For actress Lindsay Lohan and Mean Girls director Mark Waters, this was their second time working together on a film. The two worked on the popular 2003 Freaky Friday remake, which also starred Golden Globe Award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis and earned $160.8 million worldwide with a $20 million budget.
Cady is a peculiar way of spelling “Katie” in the United States, but there’s meaning behind this name. Lindsay Lohan’s character was named after Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who was the leading figure of the women’s rights movement and the principal author of Declaration of Rights and Sentiments.
Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
In this film, Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams played high school students, but in real life, McAdams is eight years older than Lohan. McAdams plays Amy Poehler’s daughter, but Poehler is only seven years older than her. Luckily, none of that mattered or crossed anyone’s mind while watching the film.
Lizzy Caplan’s character Janis Ian was named after the musician Janis Ian, who was the first musical guests to perform on Saturday Night Live. Her popular single “At Seventeen” can be heard when the girls are fighting at Regina’s house. While Mean Girls‘ Janis Ian was always being called a lesbian, the real Janis Ian came out as a lesbian in 1993.
The film is filled with jokes and gags at every corner, but it originally had too much on hand to be given a proper PG-13 rating. Several risqué jokes were removed from the film, and a handful of lines were changed in order to stay away from an R rating.
Queen Bees and Wannabes
The movie was based on the self-help guide Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence, which was written by Rosalind Wiseman. Since there was no actual story involved, Tina Fey did it all from scratch and brought in her own high school experiences.
The trio of Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, and Karen Smith were known as The Plastics in the film, but these three characters never called themselves this at all. To really get the feeling across, costume designer Mary Jane Fort made their skirts for the Christmas talent show entirely of plastic.
Built This Way
Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan and musician Samantha Ronson tried to keep their relationship private, but the media wouldn’t let them. Years before they started dating, Lohan’s character Cady heard Ronson’s song “Built This Way” at the school dance. The track is featured in the official Mean Girls soundtrack.
Set In Illinois, Shot Everywhere Else
Mean Girls is based in Evanston, Illinois, but the film was shot in various parts of North America. Toronto is where the bulk of the film was shot. Locations from the city that were in the film are Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, Malvern Collegiate Institute, University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall, and Sherway Gardens. The interiors of the high school were shot inside Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey.
Other Actors Considered?
While the cast of Mean Girls was simply perfect, there were some noticeable folks that tried out or were considered for some roles. Jonathan Bennett wasn’t the first choice for Aaron Samuels. That was James Franco, who achieved fame from the Spider-Man movies around that time. Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Tisdale tried out for the role of Karen Smith, and Elisha Cuthbert auditioned for the role of Regina George.
Mean Girls Day
October 3rd is a vital part to Mean Girls and its characters Aaron Samuels and Cady. Aaron asked Cady what day it was, and Cady replied, “It’s October 3rd.” That specific date has unofficially been called Mean Girls Day, and social media will light up with more Mean Girls gifs and video clips than usual.
In 2014, Warner Bros. announced a spin-off titled Mean Moms, which would have starred Jennifer Aniston in the lead role. The film was slated to be released on May 8, 2015, but it was pulled from the schedule. In late 2015, Mean Moms director Sean Anders stated that the film was being put on hold for now.
Possible Mean Girls Sequel
For the 10-year anniversary of Mean Girls, it was revealed that Lindsay Lohan and other cast members of the film approached Tina Fey with the idea for a sequel. While no official announcement has been made yet, it’s safe to say that a sequel could be a huge hit for Lindsay Lohan, who is in desperate need of a big blockbuster movie at this point in her career.
Mean Girls: The Musical
In 2013, Tina Fey confirmed plans to give the film a musical treatment. Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond, who composed the music for 30 Rock, will handle the music portion. The musical won’t feature any of the cast members from the movie. The musical is slated to come out in time for the movie’s 15-year anniversary in 2019.