It has been more than 10 years since the release of Mean Girls and it has become an unlikely cult hit for an entire generation. The cast reunited this week to talk about the film and how it changed their lives — and they spilled some secrets about the film.
Lindsay Lohan played Cady, but she revealed that if she had it her way, it would have been much, much different.
“I had finished Freaky Friday not long before with Mark Waters. I had gone to Toronto and I was doing Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” Lohan told Entertainment Weekly. “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?'”
Lohan, who is currently acting on stage in London’s West End, said she wanted to be in the film, but had her heart set on another character. She explained, “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.'”
The film was written by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey, who was on Lohan’s side of the Regina argument.
“At some point, I was like ‘Oh, should Lindsay be Regina?’ And then Mark and Lorne [Michaels] had the good sense to say, ‘No, she gets to turn into Regina.’ You work backward from that and you cast her as Cady, knowing she could get to that point of being Regina, but you let her be the innocent side, too.”
Lohan has had some personal troubles in the 10 years since the release of the film and it looks like she was a teen drama queen on set, as well.
“I remember 17-year-old Lindsay was on a mission to find pink Uggs. That was, like, what she was working on,” Fey said. “And there was one day where she tried to explain to Amy [Poehler] and me her beef with Hilary Duff, but we couldn’t crack it. But we were pretending we could follow it.”
Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert have all gone on to have successful careers. For some, it was the launch of their star status — but don’t expect a sequel any time soon.