Mean Girls Day — Oct. 3, of course — may be in the rearview, but the film’s writer, Tina Fey, said that her 6-year-old daughter wants to celebrate the 2004 movie every single day. During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the comedian explained that while she loves that her littlest kid, Penelope, is into the film (her older daughter, Alice, can’t stomach 30 Rock), she may have let her obsession get a little carried away.
For one thing, Penelope actually goes to preschool and tells her pals that she wants to “play Mean Girls.” Only instead of siding with Lindsay Lohan’s cultured, good girl-turned-baddie Cady Heron or the even more relatable Janis Ian (played by the flawless Lizzy Caplan), Penelope wants to be the queen bee, Regina George. Fans will undoubtedly remember George’s passive-aggressive compliments, the way she ruled her lackeys with a perfectly manicured iron fist and her obsession with her weight and appearance. It seems that some of those characteristics may even be drawing Penelope to the role.
“She was going back to her preschool being like, ‘Let’s play Mean Girls. I’m Regina. I yell at you. I’m a sassy teenager,’” Fey said on the show.
Fey added that she did take time to explain the real message of the film to Penelope, but it was for naught. Instead of seeing the light and swapping her allegiance, Penelope simply doubled down on her devotion to Regina.
“I think that the takeaway is, be very careful about the work you create over the years,” Meyers concluded helpfully. “Your children will one day take the wrong messages from it.”
Penelope may get even more to love now that the Mean Girls musical is officially headed to the Broadway stage. After all, if she couldn’t resist the charms and charisma of the awful Regina George on the small screen, she certainly won’t be able to get enough of her favorite mean girl singing and dancing onstage. Tina, you’ve created two monsters.