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This week has been exhausting. Mercury is in retrograde and it seems to be having an impact on everyone. People are feeling miserable and as low as ever and these dreary days ain’t helping.

We’re planning on hibernating for the weekend and binge-watching The Politician on Netflix, drinking a lot of tea and ordering enough McDonald’s to feed a small family.

One movie that is bound to cheer you up is on RTÉ2 this afternoon if, like us, you’re planning on sitting in for the day.

The Parent Trap will be on today and we’re so ready to embrace all the 90s nostalgia.


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The Lindsay Lohan classic is one of the most iconic movies from our childhood so it’s safe to say we’re excited to take a trip down memory lane.

The movie follows identical twin sisters, Hallie and Annie, who meet at summer camp. The duo are determined to get their parents back together and decide to swap places at the end of the summer, but will their parents rekindle their romance?

Starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix and Lindsay Lohan in a dual role.

The Parent Trap is bound to make this weekend that little bit better for those of us feeling pretty dull.

The Parent Trap is on RTÉ2 at 15.10.


Being a twenty-something has changed a lot over the years.

For our parents, at 24,/25 they were engaged or married, with a house and a steady-ish job under their belts. Maybe they had even had us.

The 90s were a different era and some of our favourite childhood movies show that – take a beloved classic like The Parent Trap

Lindsay Lohan made her screen debut as twins who were separated as babies and each lived with one parent. 

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Cue 11 years later, they meet at camp and plan to get their folks back together.

But one thing stands in their way…their vineyard-owning dad has a gorgeous young fiancee.

When we were kids the villain of the movie was Meredith Blake, a perfectly coiffed and successful publicist who was set on marrying Nick Parker. 

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But now we're not ten anymore, things look…not as they seemed, let's just say.

Meredith is only TWENTY-SIX, has an unreal career, a killer wardrobe and is marrying a millionaire who is also a bit of a ride.

And we're sitting here with barely enough money to buy a coffee.

Meredith Blake had it all figured out and we are kinda in awe of her.

She knew what she wanted – a hot rich husband – and who are we to judge?

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It seems we're not the only ones with delayed admiration for her. 

When the flick hit its 20th anniversary in 2018, fans flocked to social media to sing Meredith's praises.

One said, ''The older I get, the more I relate to Meredith Blake. A child-free baddie with a career and a ring, what an icon.''

While another wrote, ''So, apparently Meredith Blake in Parent Trap is 26. I am currently 26. If any rich vineyard owners want to hit me up and get engaged, you have four months before my birthday.''

Lesson learned – Meredith is a queen and the older we get the more we want her to Nick and ship those brats off to Switzerland. 


Thank the Lord, we're getting the answers to all of our 2019 questions.

The main question, of course, being: Where the hell are Lindsay Lohan's iconique characters RIGHT THIS MOMENT?

Strap yourselves in, gals. Lindsay spoke to Entertainment Weekly about her thoughts on the roles, and her answers seem pretty legit.

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Take a look at what the former child-star had to say, some of her answers may surprise you:

Anna Coleman: Freaky Friday

Anna Coleman was the cool gal we all wanted to be, with Jamie Lee Curtis playing the famous role of Anna's badass mom. 

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"Anna Coleman is now running for office. Secretary of State, with Michelle Obama probably and Oprah Winfrey. In 2020, so be sure to vote for her."

Hallie Parker and Annie James: The Parent Trap

Her most infamous child star role, where Lohan played twins living in separate worlds who have NO IDEA they're related until they meet at camp and switch places.

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"I think that they've swapped. I think Hallie is in London as a parenting counsellor, and then Annie is in California running a vineyard."

Maggie Peyton: Herbie Fully Loaded

The aspiring race car driver whose life is changed by her car, Herbie. Who can forget this character?

"Maggie Peyton is now the VP of Tesla."

Ashley Albright: Just My Luck

The gal who got to smooch none other than Chris Pine, and get her luck turned golden at the same time. We're jelly.


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"Ashley Albright is running a fashion house. She's like a Diane Von Furstenburg with really good luck."

Aubrey Fleming: I Know Who Killed Me

Aspiring pianist and writer Aubrey disappears on a night out in the 2007 psychological thriller, and yet another random twin who was separated at birth turns up.

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"So there's two ways I can go with this, because we didn't know if she had a sister or not. One is six feet under, the other one is FBI. They've both changed their names, so it's CIA, FBI and they're friends with Anna Coleman. So they're taking over the White House."

Cady Heron: Mean Girls

Cady is arguably the most famous character in the Lindsay Lohan repertoire, and lately featured as part of Ariana Grande's iconic Thank U, Next music video.

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"Cady Heron is definitely back in Africa building homes for orphan gorillas. For sure, obviously."

Elizabeth 'Lola' Steppe: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

The Broadway obsessed 15-year-old gal played by Lohan who gets embroiled in the New Yorker life with Megan Fox.

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"Lola would be a director on Broadway. She'd be directing Mean Girls right now, duh."

Rachel Wilcox: Georgia Rule

Rachel's a rebel who gets caught up in drug use, sex and drinking at 17. Jane Fonda plays the badass granny who turns Rachel's life around.

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"Rachel would be a lawyer, definitely a female activist, for sure."

Casey Stuart: Life Size

The tomboy who plays quarterback on the seventh grade football team. Casey sets the world into crazy mode by trying to RESURRECT her dead mother. Yup, that was a plot-line, with Tyra Banks.

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"Casey would be living in Texas dating a really famous football player. She'd be friends with Giselle and Tom Brady, they'd have kids parties together.

So there you have it: a comprehensive breakdown of every Lindsay Lohan character's lives in modern day.

According to the woman herself; "I'm pretty sure they could put every character together and create a really good Capitol Hill office."

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Hmm, interesting notion. The standard at the moment doesn't exactly seem sky high to be fair…

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As far as modern-day Lindsay Lohan herself goes… who know's what character's she'll decide to play next.

In the wise words of Jamie Lee Curtis:

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Before Lindsay Lohan took on the role of Cady Heron in Mean Girls, she was an adorable 12-year-old in the 1998 classic, Parent Trap.

In the movie she played identical twins who, after being separated at birth, are each raised by one of their biological parents.

They (not-so randomly) find each other at summer camp, and then spend the rest of the movie trying to bring their parents back together again. 

And since Lilo doesn't really have a twin, some serious CGI was used in the movie, BUT, Lindsey also needed a body double.

The girl had to look EXACTLY like Ms Lohan so that the audience thinks it's her twin when you don't see her entire face.

And that's where Erin Mackey comes in, who was a full seven years older than Lindsey. Erin is on the right in the photos with her on-screen fam:

And this is Erin now. She went on to become a major Broadway performer, has starred as Glinda in Wicked, and has also won numerous awards for her kick-ass voice.