Things You Might Not Know About Mean GirlsPublished on October 5, 2015. Updated April 22, 2020
Who knew back in 2004 when Mean Girls first came out that over 10 years later we’d still be talking about it? The film has had quite the impact on pop culture, whether we want to admit it or not. It’s one of the most quotable movies and one of the sharpest high school satires ever. Because we’re such big fans of the movie, here are 10 things you didn’t know about Mean Girls.
10. The Movie Was Based on a Self-Help Book
The movie was based on the non-fiction parental self-help book, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman.
9. Lindsay Lohan As Regina George?
Lindsay Lohan first read for the part of Regina George. Although she initially was given the role, the casting team decided to recast her as Cady. Lindsay accepted the part of Cady because she didn’t want to alienate her fans by playing the lead mean girl.(c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
8. Rachel McAdams Wanted to Play Cady
Rachel McAdams – who initially auditioned to play Cady – was chosen for the part of Regina because of how nervous she made Lindsay Lohan. “When Lindsay was acting with Rachel, she got very shy, because Rachel was older and a very accomplished actress,” director Mark Waters said. “She’d come in the room and not talk to Lindsay – she was very focused. Lindsay kind of got nervous around her, and I thought that, more than anything, was going to be the deciding factor, the fact that she affected Lindsay in that way.”(c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
7. Amanda Seyfried As Regina George?
Amanda Seyfried also read for the part of Regina. According to director Mark Waters, she “was kind of brilliant, and very different than Rachel’s approach. She played it in a much more ethereal but still kind of scary way. She was more frightening, but oddly, less intimidating.” When Rachel got the part, producers suggested her for the part of Karen because of her spacey and daffy sense of humor.©Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
6. The Saturday Night Live Curse
Paramount initially didn’t want Amy Poehler or Tim Meadows in Mean Girls because of their association with Saturday Night Live. “It’s weird, but Paramount had a nervousness about Saturday Night Live,” he said. “They’d been burned on some Saturday Night Live movies that had come from Lorne, so they didn’t want many Saturday Night Live actors in Mean Girls, because then it might feel like an SNL movie and people might shy away from it.”(c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
5. Jonathan Bennett Looks Like Jimmy Fallon?
Tina Fey has admitted that Jonathan Bennett (who played Aaron Samuels) was hired because he looked like Jimmy Fallon.©Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
4. A Cocktail Weiner in Amy Poehler’s Bra
During the scene were Amy Poehler’s pet Chihuahua nipples on her nipple, she put a cocktail wiener in her bra. “They, like, pinned a piece of a cocktail wiener into her bra. I thought this dog was going to tear her apart. It was very effective. She was such a pro through it. She’s trying to do her lines and being so professional, and this dog is chomping on her fake boob. I’ll never forget that,” Rachel McAdams said.(c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
3. James Franco Auditioned
James Franco was considered for the role of Aaron Samuels, but lost out to Jonathan Bennett.Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com
2. Amy Poehler Was Barely Older than Her On-Screen Daughter
Amy Poehler – who played Regina George’s mother – is only seven years older than Rachel McAdams, her on-screen daughter.Source: Lorne Michaels Productions
1. Getting Wiggy with It
During filming, Rachel McAdams wore a blonde wig.©Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection