You know high school is a hugely distant memory when you realise that Mean Girls is now officially ten years old. Released back when the world still thought Lindsay Lohan was a wholesome girl next door in 2004, the film has since garnered an impressive cult following – not to mention some weird Harry Potter movie crossover stuff…
In honour of this high school classic, here’s a piece of little known trivia for every year Mean Girls has been around.
1. Ms Norbury wrote the film
That’s right. As well as playing Cady Heron’s sassy maths teacher, SNL legend Tina Fey – perhaps more widely known as 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon – wrote the script for Mean Girls before her real mainstream comedy breakthrough. She based the concept for the film on non-fiction parenting book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, but had to rely on her own high school experiences for much of the plot.
2. Most of the filming took place in Canada
Toronto, Canada to be precise. Despite being sent in Evanston, Illinois, the film was shot between various school buildings in Ontario.
3. James Franco nearly starred
Allegedly Franco was considered for the role of Aaron Samuels, but Fey preferred Jonathan Bennett, who went on to play the character.
4. Lindsay Lohan originally auditioned to play Regina George
Lohan’s desire to maintain her sadly now completely destroyed ‘good girl’ image meant that she was eventually cast as main character Cady, and handed the wickedly brilliant role of Queen Bee Regina over to Rachel McAdams. Apparently Tina Fey was happy for McAdams to play George because she felt only a “kind and polite” actor could accurately portray a mean girl like Regina.
5. It’s Mariah Carey’s favourite movie
The Princess of Pop has often expressed her love of Mean Girls in interviews, but took it one step further (and possibly too far) when she included the Regina George quote “And I was like: ‘Why are you so obsessed with me?'” as an interlude before 2009 single ‘Obsessed’. Not grool, Mariah, not grool.
6. There is a dedicated ‘Mean Girls Day’
Mean Girls enthusiasts have dubbed October 3 the official Mean Girls Day, as a nod to the scene where Cady’s crush Aaron Samuels asks her what day it is during class. A literal bunch, aren’t they?
7. Regina’s Mum is only 7 years older than her daughter
Regina George’s tragic Mum – played by Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler – was 33 when Mean Girls came out in 2004, while her on-screen ‘teenaged’ daughter Rachel McAdams was actually 26. Aside from McAdams and Daniel Franzese (who played the “too gay to function” Damian), the rest of the principal cast were all in their late teens or very early twenties.
8. The infamous Glen Coco is real
Tina Fey has admitted in interviews that she likes to use real names for characters. Glen Coco is actually her brother’s good friend, and a film editor in Hollywood. You go, Glen Coco!
9. There is a (fairly dreadful) sequel
Straight-to-DVD, stand-alone sequel Mean Girls 2 was released in 2011. It bears no similarity to the original, aside from Tim Meadows reprising his role as Principal Duvall. Neither Mean Girls director Mark Waters nor Tina Fey were involved, and it shows.
10. A musical adaptation is in the works
Those who resented the pathetic sequel will be pleased to hear that Fey is the one writing a musical adaptation of Mean Girls, with composer Jeff Richmond (who also happens to be Tina’s husband) in charge of the music. The couple hope to have the stage show – which Fey may even direct – ready for Mean Girl‘s 15th anniversary. So only half a decade to go…
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