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Can you BELIEVE it's actually been 15 years since the cult classic Mean Girls hit cinema screens, and changed our lives forever? 

From iconic quotes, breakout stars and legendary comedic writing influencing pop culture forever; We want to look at some behind-the-scenes unknown facts.

Where are the cast now? What do they remember best from their time on set? What would be different if the flick was made now? We want answers.

The movie was meant to be called Homeschooled, and was Tina Fey's feature film screenwriting debut. We're glad for the name change, and MAD impressed at Fey's talent.

At the time, Fey was known for Saturday Night Live sketches, wrote the film based on the self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabesby Rosalind Wiseman

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Mean Girls still to me feels like it was yesterday,” Lohan recently told Entertainment Tonight.

“Oh my gosh- shooting that movie, I had never been in a movie before,” Tina Fey added. ”I had no idea. I had just done Weekend Update. But it was a good time.”

Lindsey Lohan and Rachel McAdams became huge stars after the release, playing the renowned characters Cady Heron and Regina . George (who reminded everyone of their secondary school enemy). Both actresses were already known before the 2004 classic was made.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lohan and McAdams could actually have ended up in the others' role, but after Lohan's portrayal of Anna in Freaky Friday, the filmmakers weren't convinced that the audience would believe her as the villain.

Tina Fey became a household name after writing the film; "I knew she would be able to play Cady and go from being completely innocent- someone who knows nothing- all the way to being a horrible beotch and back to being a good person again."  That character arc though..

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Amanda Seyfried was also screen tested for the role of Regina, but the producers preferred her as ditzy Karen.

Everyone forgets that the budding actress and soon-to-be star was only 17 at the time;

“It was the first movie I'd ever done. I had the best time," she told ET. She literally hasn't aged a day between Mean Girls and Mamma Mia.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We actually can't fathom the movie without Johnathan Bennett as Aaron Samuels (Ariana Grande clearly agrees), but James Franco was actually considered for the role. Bennett won the part after making Lohan blush on set, and because Fey thought he looked like Jimmy Fallon.

“It wouldn’t have been the same without him,” Seyfried said about casting Bennett at the time. His appearance in Thank U, Next cemented his iconic role.

Ashley Tisdale of High School Musical fame also auditioned for the role of Karen, which is interesting, but she probably would have been too similar to her Sharpay Evans vibes. Scarlett Johansson apparently also tested for Karen's role.

Bennett and Lohan recently renunited, and the internet shut down;

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rachel McAdams actually wore a wig for the part of Regina, as she couldn't fully bleach her brown hair to go blonde for the role.

“I just thought that was very Regina- long, blonde, Barbie hair,” McAdams said during an interview on set. "The colour looks perfect.” McAdams originally auditioned for Lohan's role, but we can't imagine her as anyone but the devious Regina.

Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners) shared how her two-year-old daughter, Julia, saw the Jingle Bell Rock scene and said, "That's Mama!", which is hella cute.

“Fifteen years- how is that possible?" Chabert said. “It feels like yesterday. I will never forget making that movie and I am so flattered people still love it and talk about it as much as they do. I’m honoured to have been a part of it.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The movie has spanned a sequel (little known) and even a Broadway musical, but also has influenced female-created filmmaking and pop culture hugely.

Chabert agreed that rebooting the film could be fun, but she said there's been no talks of it recently; 

"It was such a fun character that I think it would be so much fun to revisit these women and see where they are now.”

Director Mark Waters spoke to Cosmopolitan UK about how different the movie would be if it was made in 2019;

"There’s a lot in the movie that is very ‘un-PC’. I would think there would be more micro-managing over things you should or should not be portraying with teenage girls doing to each other and the way they relate to boys."

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Waters spoke about how inappropriate some of the jokes may appear nowadays, especially about underage sex;

"It’s hard for me to delve into what would or would not be considered too ‘un-PC’ but we made light-hearted jokes about the gym coach having affairs with the students with lines like, 'Step away from the underage girls.'"

"You can’t really make that joke, it’s very transgressive. We did it in a light hearted no big deal way, but it is a pretty big deal," he explained.

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The use of social media and phones would influence a 2019 version of the hit film, as technology and teen bullying would have evolved hugely since 2004.

Phones and social media were only emerging at that time. "If you’ve seen the Broadway musical, there’s a massive component of social media and devices that didn’t exist then, it really wasn’t an issue," Mark emphasises.

"We had cell phones, but the whole era of texting and social media didn’t exist. The way that teen bullying goes on these days is over devices as opposed to physically from person to person any more. Even those ideas of having the four-way phone calling seems incredible quaint these days with people talking on their land-line."

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Imagine…the Burn Book all over Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. What a nightmare…it would never be forgotten once it hits the screens.

The age of the characters versus the actors who played them is extremely surprising; It turns out that Cady Heron and Regina George were supposed to be the same age in the movie, but Rachel McAdams is actually eight years older than Lindsay Lohan. 

Even crazier, Amy Poehler (AKA Regina George's outrageous mum) is only seven years older than McAdams. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Consider us shook…

In the scene where Cady was asked "If her muffin was buttered", it was actually meant to be if "her cherry was popped." Now THAT'S intense.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler coached Rajiv Surendra on how to rap for his on-screen performance in the talent show, which is amazing. Is there nothing they can't do? He went on to become a respected writer and artist after his elaborate but failed attempts to win the lead role in Life of Pi, and subsequent autobiography Elephants In My Backyard. 

Lizzy Caplan's character was called Janis Ian as an ode to the musician of the same name, who was the first Saturday Night Live musical guest in 1975.

Ian's famous song, At Seventeen, can be heard playing in the background when the Plastics are fighting at Regina's house. Caplan's character is persistently bullied and called a lesbian throughout the movie; the real Janis Ian is openly lesbian. 

Daniel Franzese, who played Damien (our fave) was meant to be in the Thank U, Next video until his tour clashed with the date;

“I thought it was so cute. Ariana asked me to be in the video too, and I was ready to do it until they changed the date at the last second, because of my tour."

“She said I can be in another one of her music videos, and when ‘Seven Rings’ came out, I was like, ‘Girl, I will twerk,’ and she said she’d get me in one eventually.” We cannot WAIT for that.

The poor lad can't even wear pink anymore because of the fan fervour;

“I do not wear pink. I think that’s part of my persona that sometimes I embrace and sometimes I have to avoid. It just makes it too easy. I also get ‘You go, Glen Coco’ a lot.” Gas.

“Damian is actually based off someone named Damian Holbrook, who’s a writer for TV Guide and one of Tina Fey’s best friends. He’d be doing some glamour profession. Cady would definitely be doing something with animals. She’d be a zoologist or a vet or something. Regina would definitely be Miranda Priestly.”

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Daniel also spoke about the LGBTQ aspect of his character's potential;

"If the movie came out today, Damian might have had a boyfriend. He’s in that sweet spot of trying to figure out who he is but decided he’s going to wait to do that until after they leave school, when he’s in college, so he can get to a place of peace. I think a lot of LGBTQ kids go through that.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He also explains why he think the movie still resonates today;

“It really, for the first time, brought to light what was happening in girl world. And this was during Hollywood’s heyday of girls ruling the clubs, from the Olsen twins to Paris Hilton to Nicole Richie to Lindsay Lohan to Hilary and Haylie Duff," he says.

"The girl world was happening both in media and in people’s real lives. So I think this started to break down that structure so people could understand what this was."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I also think my character, Damian, really resonated with LGBTQ people before we were really seeing a rise in acceptance, and it was the first time that we really saw a character who was able to breathe, and I think that affected a lot of people," he concluded. There was a scene filmed which was cut of Damien auditioning for American Idol.

They searched through FOUR cities to try and find the perfect actor for Damien, and they certainly found him.

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Tina Fey allegedly was a real life mean girl in school, which is so random to think about.

The movie is based on a real high school, New Trier, which is located in Chicago and has a rep for being one of the best in America.

15 years on, a lot has changed in Girl World, but the movie still resonates with a massive audience and for good reason.

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Who knew that Kris Jenner was the queen of ad-libbing?

The Kardashian momager is a key cameo in Ariana Grande's iconic noughties-inspired Thank U, Next music video, and the blooper reel has just been gifted to us and all we can say is; God is a Woman.

That woman is Kris.

Blooper reels are undeniably traditional when it comes to 1990s romantic comedies, and Ari has also bequeathed the audience with a WHOLE DELETED SCENE from the Legally Blonde aspect of the video.

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The "I'm taking the f*cking dog" scene from the renowned Reese Witherspoon flick features Ari masquerading as Jennifer Coolidge's lawyer while confronting her ex-boyfriend.

Troye Sivan getting smashed into a locker multiple times also features ("she's gonna f*cking slam me, I just know it"), not to mention a GAS moment where Miranda Sings' water breaks while Ari (AKA Regina George) walks past her. 

The funniest part HAS to be Kris Jenner getting a little too into her cameo role as Regina George's mom.

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While in the audience recording her beloved 'daughter' performing the song, Jenner whispers to the woman beside her;

“When I was raising Ariana I always told her that if a guy ever f*cks with her, she should just say "thank u, next." I told her … if she ever had sex without a condom, she’d get chlamydia and die.”

Wow, now THAT is called good acting.

As well as Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, the acclaimed video also paid tribute to Bring It On and 13 Going On 30.

Check out the blooper reel below:

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Ariana Grande’s powerful and unique break-up hit thank u, next has been on loop in the SHEmazing office so it’s safe to say we’re excited about the music video.

The One Last Time singer has been teasing fans with behind-the-scenes and exclusive snaps from the music video for her latest hit and we are so ready for it.

The singer is set to pay tribute to some of the most iconic movies of every gals life, including 13 Going on 30, Bring It On, Legally Blonde and Mean Girls.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ariana took to Instagram last night to give fans a glimpse of her channeling her inner Regina George.

The singer shared three photos from the scene and fans completely lost it. In one of the shots, the singer is hiding behind her very own burn book that has ‘thank u, next’ on the cover.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In another snap, Ariana is lying on the bed with her burn book open. Fans were quick to spot the name Sean written inside a love heart in the book, which is a nod to her ex-boyfriend Big Sean.

We are itching to see the video for thank u, next and it looks like we may not have long to wait.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It is believed the singer has completed filming the video and she may be dropping it within the next week.

We are so ready to see Ariana recreate scenes from these iconic movies. Her inspiring and uplifting breakup song is revitalising pop music.

You go, Ariana!

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No one can deny how strong Ariana Grande's Instagram game is. I mean, the gal's got 135 MILLION followers, and she know's how to grab our attention.

This time, she got a little assistance from her cousin and the classic Lindsey Lohan flick Mean Girls in order to troll her fans. God is a woman, so she may as well show them some love, especially since she's officially DONE with marriage.

Ari loves a good practical joke, and this time it involved an affectionate PDA with her longtime pal and relative Courtney Chipolone:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a photo posted to her Instagram yesterday, the Sweetener singer appears to be kissing Courtney while their other galpal, Alexa Luria, looks on with an uncomfortable 'Thank u, next' expression.

Ariana wrote a caption to quote the cult teen comedy, alluding to the scene when Karen admits to kissing Seth Masakowski: "'Yeah but she’s my FIRST cousin."

According to Karen's logic:

"So, you have your cousins, and then you have your first cousins, and then you have your second cousins…" Classic Karen.

Ariana kept the Mean Girls references coming, adding another Instagram post of herself and her two friends:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

‘would u like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?’

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That caption recreates the scene involving Jason the "skeez":

"'Wuld u like us to assign someone to butter your muffin?'"

She then posted a third pic with just Alexa, including the iconic Regina George line:

"'I’m on an all carb diet GOD KAREN U ARE SO STooPID.'" 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

‘i’m on an all carb diet GOD KAREN U ARE SO STooPID’

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Everyone who's a fan of Ms Grande's Instagram stories know how much of a film fanatic she is, but it seems Ari truly loves her some Mean Girls.

Thank u, Ariana, for providing us with some quality Mean Girls content.

Please continue on your righteous path of female empowerment.

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So, pretty much everything about Mean Girls was spot on.

The script, the wardrobe, the acting, the cast- we wouldn’t change any of it.

Lindsay Lohan played the leading role of Cady Heron perfectly, but what if we told you she was originally interested in another role?

Well, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress revealed that she was actually desperate to play the part of Regina George, because she wanted to be the cool girl on set for once.

“Mark [Director] came out to scout locations for Mean Girls and came to see me at my hotel and said, ‘Do you wanna do this movie?’'

''I wanted to play Regina. I had just played in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Freaky Friday, 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.’ Then I sat in all the auditions. Amanda Seyfried auditioned to play Regina as well. It ended up being Rachel McAdams, and she’s wonderful.”

According to People, Tina Fey also wanted Lindsay to play Regina, but the director, Mark Waters, eventually brought her around to his way of thinking – and we're glad.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

 

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As recently as three years ago, singers Katy Perry and Taylor Swift were bosom buddies, appearing arm-in-arm at awards ceremonies, parties and fashion weeks.

But their relationship has in more recent times soured – and Taylor Swift's recent Bad Blood video is widely believed to be a dig at her former BFF.

Now Ms Perry appears to be on the war-path herself: she has legally and officially registered a song called 1984 with BMI, a major music publisher.

The significance? Her nemesis released the massively successful 1989 album last year to critical and commercial acclaim.

Coincidence… we think not.

The pair are believed to have met around 2009, and they shortly afterwards struck up a friendship.

In the preceding months, Taylor, 25, and Katy, 30, would regularly Tweet at each other, also posting cosy images together on social media. Ms Perry even made a guest appearance on stage at one of Tay-Tay's shows.

But by 2012 things had begun to turn sour. And then a year ago, the feud was pretty much confirmed when Taylor revealed the inspiration behind Bad Blood.

"For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," she said in an interview with Rolling Stone. "She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, 'Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'"

She added that in 2013, this person then "did something so horrible, I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies'".

Ms Swift continued: "It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."

Meanwhile, in response Katy herself Tweeted a reference to the film, Mean Girls, and later unashamedly admitted it was directed at her one-time pal. And evidently she feels the battle isn't over just yet.

Sadly, there is as yet no indication as to when 1984 might be released. 

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Great news for devoted Mean Girls fans (with a, erm, fair bit of cash to spare).

The huge mansion that was the home of head of the plastics Regina George is now up for sale for a staggering €14 million.

Soooo maybe we can't buy it, but can they please start doing tours?

The two acre estate is in Toronto and includes a fountain, spa, and wine cellar.

Not only that, the 20,000 square feet mansion comes with an outdoor swimming pool, and VERY luxurious rooms.

We're talking bathing like a queen here while a Zac Efron lookalike feeds you grapes.

Well, that isn't part of the deal but we're sure if you have the kind of money to afford the property in the first place you can put some aside for it.

As amazing as it is, we still don't know if we prefer the beautiful house in the Notebook.

Rachel McAdams has seen her fair share of fancy homes. 

Mean Girls was released in 2004 and has been a favourite and often quoted teenage movie ever since. 

That is so fetch.

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