Lacey Chabert dishes about Mean Girls on the cover of Maxim

Oct 4, 2013 at 1:35 p.m. ET

Lacey Chabert doesn't take many roles, but when she does, people remember her forever. She is gracing the cover of Maxim this month, and talking about what it's like to be a grown-up child star.

Lacey ChabertMaxim seems to have a theme lately. Many of its recent covers feature former child stars, and the latest is Lacey Chabert. Chabert found herself a piece of pop culture history as Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls, but many people first saw her on Party of Five.

The cover of the magazine has Chabert in lingerie and says she is "sexier than ever." That may be no accident though. Chabert said she worked hard for her look.

"I got the call from Maxim and then immediately put down the cupcake and ran to the gym," the actress, now 31, said.

Chabert has kept her "child star" status, largely because she doesn't take many projects. Mean Girls is about to hit its 10-year anniversary, but Chabert said many people still remember her for the Tina Fey film.

"People tweet me all the time, 'Are you still trying to make fetch happen?'" she told Maxim, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I never thought people would still be quoting Mean Girls 10 years later."

Chabert's other rare roles include The Wild Thornberrys, Family Guy, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. The actress alludes to her Mean Girls co-star Lindsay Lohan and talks about how growing up in Hollywood can turn anyone into a troubled child.

"Look, life is tough, and growing up in this business is especially tough," she told Maxim. "So I really can't take any credit other than saying I grew up in a really protective family. Also, I want a long-lasting career, so you're not gonna find me doing anything scandalous any time soon."

Chabert said she likes to be around people who are "funny and easygoing" but at heart she is just a "nice girl next door."

"But I love a good weekend in Vegas. Blackjack, roulette, four-card poker, slots… all of it."

Chabert's issue of Maxim will be on newsstands on Oct. 14.

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