The Truth Behind “Mean Girls”

As we all know, there is always a back side to every story, including “Mean Girls.” The year may be 2014, but I bet there are many things you still don’t know about the chick flick- like the fact that the movie’s original name was actually “Homeschooled.” Here are some more behind-the-scenes facts that you probably didn’t know about.

1. The “Mean Girls” cast wasn’t originally planned the way it turned out. There were many changes done before they finalized the roles.

Mean Girls Cast: Where Are They Now?

This one is actually kind of ironic – Lindsay Lohan was originally cast to play Regina George. Paramount did not want to take the risk because they did not want Lohan to be acknowledged as a bad girl. It’s kind of funny to think of this now, isn’t it?

Rachel McAdams originally auditioned for Cady’s role but the casting directors thought she was too old for the part. Would the movie have been as impactful if Lohan and McAdams would’ve switched roles? We may only wonder.

Seyfried could have also been Regina. In fact, producers were going back and forth between her and McAdams because they both fit the part so well. When McAdams finally got the role, Seyfried was also considered to play Cady for a short period of time before they decided that the dumb girl role fit Seyfried best.

Ashley Tisdale could have been the dumb blonde since she auditioned to play Karen, but Seyfried had the honor of acting the part instead.

Contrary to many people’s belief, Scarlett Johansson did not audition for a role in “Mean Girls.” Director Mark Waters confirmed that Johansson tested for another one of his projects, but not to play Karen.

2. There were also other interesting casting facts.

Tina Fey’s “Saturday Night Live” co-stars, Tim Meadows (Mr. Duvall) and Amy Poehler (Mrs. George), almost didn’t make it in the movie. Paramount was skeptical about casting them because they were afraid that it would feel like an SNL movie and that people would shy away from that. They were pleased after they took them on board.

Tina Fey cast Johnathan Bennett to play Aaron Samuels because she said he looked like Jimmy Fallon. Isn’t it crazy how much they look alike?  I can totally see the resemblance.

In order to find a guy that was too gay to function, the casting department had to search in four different cities until they finally cast Daniel Franzese, better known as Damian. A friend of Fey’s contributed to his character’s name.


3. The names in the movie are more than just names.

The name Cady was chosen after Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a 19th-century pioneer in the American Women’s Rights movement, to keep the female empowerment theme.

The name Regina actually means queen in Latin, hence the name. Regina is Queen B.

Glenn Coco actually gets his name from one of Tina Fey’s friend. So he really does exist.

4. In order to keep the movie rated PG-13, Paramount had to make a few alterations to the original script.

The line “Is your muffin buttered?” was originally written “Is your cherry popped?”

Another line that was revised was: “Amber D’Alessio gave a blowjob to a hotdog,” it was instead changed to “Amber D’Alessio made out with a hotdog.”

There was a joke in the movie about a wide-set vagina that the MPAA wasn’t going to allow as a PG-13 rating. Paramount fought back saying that the MPAA had double standards when it came to sexual content because Anchorman had recently came out with a PG-13 rating and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one of the scenes. Paramount won the fight.

When Cady walks in on Gretchen and Jason kissing, she was originally supposed to walk in on Gretchen giving him a blow job – the change was made for obvious reasons

5. There was an alternate ending for the movie.

In a Cosmopolitan interview, Franzese said the following: “In the original script that I read, Kevin G. gets busted by Miss Norbury for selling ecstasy — so when they call her a drug pusher she actually has drugs in her desk, [because] she took them away from Kevin G. Janis and Damian convince Kevin G. to go to the school board when they discuss her punishment to confess that it was him, but Kevin G never shows up. So Damian gets on the podium and kind of bullshits his way through saying it was him to try to protect Miss Norbury.”

6. Other fun facts you probably didn’t know.

Amy Poehler, better known as Mrs. George, is only 7 years older than her daughter (Regina).

McAdams did not dye her hair blonde for the movie – it was a wig.

Tim Meadow’s arm was actually broken in the movie – he broke it prior to filming the movie. The script was altered to fit the mishap.

The skirts provided for The Plastics in their famous Jingle Bell Rocks’ performance, were actually made out of plastic to fit their character.


Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners) was the voice of Meg on “Family Guy” the first season until it was rewritten.

Not only is Amy Poehler a great choreographer, she also raps. She helped Rajiv Serendra (Kevin G.) with his school rap.


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