From one-liners such as “On Wednesdays we wear pink,” to the fact that we will never be able to say “It’s October 3rd” with a straight face again, it’s clear that just like that, our favorite adolescent film is now considered a classic. Simply put, it’s one of those movies that never gets old, so this recent mini cast reunion gave us a sure case of nostalgia.
Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Rachel McAdams, and the rest of the Plastics sat down with Entertainment Weekly to spill on behind-the-scenes details and more, including how the blonde and bossy Regina George was almost played by LiLo:
“I had finished Freaky Friday with Mark Waters not long before,” said Lindsay. “I had gone to Toronto and I was doing Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Mark came out to scout locations for Mean Girls and came to see me at my hotel and said, “Do you wanna do this movie?” I wanted to play Regina. I had just played—in Confessions and Freaky—not the cool girl in school. I was still 17 years old and I wanted to be the cool girl on set. So I had a war with him, and he goes, “No, Cady is the heroine, and that’s who you are.” Then I sat in all the auditions. Amanda auditioned to play Regina as well. It ended up being Rachel, and she’s wonderful.”
Although their on-screen characters were pinned against each other, behind-the-scenes, Lacy Chabert (Gretchen Weiners) and Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith) developed a close relationship.
SEYFRIED: I had just graduated high school! It was terrifying. I don’t know what I would have done without Lacey Chabert. She was my angel. She took me in, and we’d hang out in her trailer and listen to Dido.
CHABERT: Amanda and I became very close very quickly. It was a very special time. I turned 21 while we were filming in the mall. The crew gave me a cake, and the entire mall sang “Happy Birthday” to me. I made this huge feast for Canadian Thanksgiving and invited everyone over.
While Chabert and Seyfried were busy becoming off-screen BFFs, Lohan was worried about getting her hands on a pair of pink Uggs.
“I had been online trying to get pink Uggs because I had a pink pleated skirt in the scene where I fall into the garbage can. I was like, “I need pink Uggs!” I mean, I was rhinestoning my phone at the time with Swarovski crystals. [Laughs] So it was somewhat Method.”
And when it comes to the film’s legacy, McAdams shares her own experience:
“I was staying at a bed-and-breakfast recently in the-middle-of-nowhere Ireland. And one of the owners’ granddaughters came up to me, and she gave me a piece of pink paper and she goes, “Can you write down just a few of your favorite Mean Girls quotes?” It was so sweet. I couldn’t think of any of them! It’s been 10 years! So I said, “Well, what are your favorites?” So she literally fed me all these lines, like “Is butter a carb?”
So, what would our favorite mean girls be up to today? The cast had some pretty interesting answers:
SEYFRIED: Karen would manage or own a store that sells really cool dog attire, like Swarovski dog collars and Halloween costumes for animals. She’s probably really focused.
LOHAN: Cady’s with Oprah in Africa working at children’s schools with a family, teaching girls to be nice to each other.
CHABERT: Gretchen is probably running the Toaster Strudel empire. She is probably married and has, like, seven babies right now. She and Jason worked it out. She has very big curly hair.
McADAMS: Regina is a Real Housewife. She’d have too much time on her hands, for sure. She’s probably found all her other Reginas.
Cady in Africa with Oprah? So fetch.
PHOTO CREDIT & SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly