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Since its release on April 30, 2004, the American teen comedy Mean Girls has become a beloved cult classic among fans everywhere. The film was a pop culture phenomenon, and helped boast the careers of its young leading stars including Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried. Mean Girls was both a financial and critical success, having grossed $129 million on a $17 million budget, and holds an approval rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. In honor of the film's upcoming 15th anniversary, let's take a look at 24 super fetch facts that you might not know.
1. Lindsay Lohan initially auditioned for the role of Regina George, but the casting team felt she was a better match for Cady due to her Freaky Friday success. Lohan feared being the "mean girl" would harm her reputation, so she agreed to play the lead.
2. Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) and Regina George (Rachel McAdams) were supposed to be the same age in the movie, but McAdams is actually 8 years older than Lohan and was 26 when the film was released. Interestingly, Amy Poehler (who played Regina's ultra "cool mom") is only 7 years older than McAdams.
3. James Franco was considered for the role of Aaron Samuels, but ultimately was let go after a table read. Jonathan Bennett had been the second choice and was therefore cast.
4. In fact, Tina Fey (who wrote the script) cast Bennett as Aaron because he looked like Jimmy Fallon (her fellow Saturday Night Live cast member).
5. Damian is based off of Tina Fey's best friend from high school, Damian Holbrook, who now writes for TV Guide.
6. The character of Regina was partially inspired by Courtney Love and Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross, as director Mark Waters told Rachel McAdams to listen to Love's music really loud and watch the Baldwin film in preparation.
7. Just like her character Karen, Amanda Seyfried really can stick her fist in her mouth. It was also the actress's feature film debut, as well as Tina Fey's film screenwriting debut.
8. To film one of the scenes, Amy Poehler (Mrs. George) pinned a piece of cocktail wiener into her bra to encourage the chihuahua to nibble there.
9. Ashely Tisdale read for the part of Karen Smith. While she didn't get the role, Tisdale was eventually given a character who could wear pink everyday, Sharpay Evans in Disney's High School Musical.
10. Tina Fey, who wrote the screenplay for the film and also starred as Ms. Norbury, was a real-life "mean girl" in high school (according to Fey herself).
11. The film featured multiple Saturday Night Live alum: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer and Tim Meadows.
12. Daniel Franzese, who portrayed Damian, is still stopped by people in public. He once told Cosmopolitan, "I can be talking to someone in a bar and it's chill, and then they're like, "YOU GO GLEN COCO!"
13. The lead female actresses all had more than 30 costume changes, according to costumer designer Mary Jane Fort. She had told Nylon magazine, "Lindsay had the most...probably around 59."
14. Though the character was known for her long blonde tresses, Rachel McAdams actually wore a blonde wig while filming the movie. She was unable to bleach her hair and her actual length had been deemed too short.
15. On August 13, 2013, the White House tweeted a photo of the Obama's dog Bo holding a tennis ball in his mouth. The caption of the picture read, "Bo, stop trying to make fetch happen."
16. Both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler coached Rajiv Surendra (Kevin) on how to rap for his on-screen performance in the school's Winter Talent Show.
17. During the dance scene in which Cady gets very excited because she "actually recognizes" one of the songs being played, the song is "Built This Way" by Samantha Ronson. Lohan would go on to date the singer four years after the film was released.
18. For fun, the cast mostly hung out with their moms. Jonathan Bennett (Aaron) once told The Huffington Post, "It was before everybody was who they were. You had your parents so there was a lot of family stuff."
19. Regina means "queen" in Latin, and Tina Fey intentionally named her as an homage to the book the film is based on, Queen Bees and Wannabes.
20. Mean Girls premiered as a musical in 2017, and the following year was nominated for an impressive 12 awards (though it took home none).
21. Lizzy Caplan is naturally blonde but dyed her hair black in order to play goth Janis Ian. The character is named after real life musician Janis Ian (who also happened to be the first musical guest on Saturday Night Live).
22. Tina Fey had to actually beg Lindsay Lohan to appear less sexy in the film. She once told the New York Times, "Lindsay is 17 and wants to wear the foxiest clothes in the trailer. We used to have to beg her and say: 'Please, you're still nerdy in this part. You can't be that gorgeous yet."
23. October 3rd is often cited by fans as National Mean Girls Day.
24. During filming, Tina Fey envisioned backgrounds for all the Mean Girls characters, and if an actor had a question about their role, she could easily fill in the information.
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Rachel M Johnson (author) on June 28, 2020:
Hi Poppy, thank you so much! Rachel McAdams is one of my favorite actresses and she is so incredibly talented. Thanks for checking out the article!
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on June 28, 2020:
What a fantastic article! This movie is one of the best in its genre and Rachel McAdams did an exceptional job. I didn't know Tina Fey wrote the script nor that she was a real-life 'mean girl' when she was at school. Thanks for writing this!