Our favorite teen movie of the ’00s, Mean Girls, will never stop getting old. In fact, we’re pretty sure this will remain one of the most quotable movies for, like, a really long time. And while we’ve seen the movie many, many times and love all the characters and the brilliant story, there are still so many things we never knew and that you may not have either.
1. Like the fact that Tim Meadows’ hand was REALLY BROKEN during filming, which is why he wears a cast in the movie.
According to Tina, he broke his hand the week before shooting started and they totally created the carpal tunnel backstory as a cover.
2. Lindsay Lohan originally wanted to play Regina George.
But after Freaky Friday became a big hit, studio executives insisted that Lindsay play the lead, Cady.
3. Alec Baldwin’s character in Glengarry Glen Ross was considered a “template” for Regina George.
Alec’s brief, but impactful performance as the ~motivational speaker from Hell~ Blake is famously aggressive and the filmmakers even told Rachel McAdams to watch it.
4. Amy Poehler is only SEVEN years older than her fictional daughter Rachel McAdams.
In fact, the costumers had to cleverly figure out how to make Amy look like an ~older woman~ dressing young like a teenager without just making her look like a teenager.
5. Amanda Seyfriend almost played Regina!
The producers loved Amanda, but felt Rachel’s audition fit better for the role. It was Lorne Michaels’ idea to cast Amanda as Karen.
6. Just like her character, Amanda Seyfried REALLY CAN stick her fist in her mouth.
During a Mean Girls-themed quiz with Radio Times, Amanda actually demonstrated this talent as you can see here.
7. According to Tina Fey, Gretchen’s speech about the Plastics’ rules is lifted straight out of the book Queen Bees and Wannabees.
This is the title of the non-fiction, self-help book that Tina Fey used as inspiration for the movie.
8. Lacey Chabert, who played Gretchen Wieners, turned 21 while they were filming the movie.
The crew brought her out a cake while they were shooting the mall scene and embarrassed her in the best way possible.
9. Janis Ian is also the name of a famous singer from the 1970s whose song is in the movie.
She wrote the song “At Seventeen” about being a teenager which plays when Regina is crying about being “half a virgin.”
10. “Talk to me again and I’ll kick your ass” is producer Lorne Michaels’ favorite line in the movie.
It’s said by a character called Kristen Hadley, one of the members of the Lady Lions Lacrosse team.
11. And btw, the kid that Kristen Hadley makes out with right after talking to Cady? Well, this was actually his FIRST KISS IRL!
And there were multiple takes according to director Mark Waters.
12. Waters also said that one of Cady’s mathlete teammates is actually meant to be Trang Pak’s brother (the characters, not the actors IRL).
His name is Tim Pak and we bet you never noticed his name sign!
13. Tina said Shane Oman (Regina’s BF after Aaron) is actually named after a stage manager at Second City.
Tina was a performer at Second City in Chicago in the ’90s where, of course, she met her BFF Amy Poehler.
14. And Glen Coco is named after a real life friend of Tina’s from home.
Apparently she’s all about the awesome personal shout-outs.
15. Speaking of Glen Coco, he was played by Canadian actor David Reale who had actually auditioned for another role in the movie.
And turns out he’s quite famous in Canada even though we never see his face in Mean Girls.
16.This deleted “awkward shopping” scene between Cady and her mom was actually Tina’s favorite (on paper).
But she didn’t miss it once it was cut out.
17. The “ugliest effing skirt” moment was inspired by Tina Fey’s mom!
Tina explained, “My mom has this habit that if she sees a lady in a really ugly hat or a glittery sweatshirt, she’ll go, ‘I love your shirt’ and I’ll say, ‘Mom, that’s really mean.’ And she’ll say, ‘clearly she wanted someone to notice that shirt. She picked it out. It has a huge teddy bear on it.'”
18. Costume designer Mary Jane Fort got yearbooks from ~small towns~ to research what kids in those schools would be wearing.
They wanted to figure out what teens that DIDN’T live in Los Angeles or New York would be wearing in order to give their styles an authentic feel.
19. Lindsay had over 50 costume changes throughout the movie.
Mary Jane Fort estimates it was somewhere around 59, while the other girls had over 30 changes themselves.
20. And this was Mark Waters’ ~least favorite~ outfit.
Waters decided he didn’t like it, largely because of the skirt, but it was too late to change Cady’s outfit because they had already established it earlier during shooting.
21. At the Halloween party, Aaron was supposed to be in a Cubs Jersey that had an actual player’s name on it, but they couldn’t get the rights.
So they just went with an “old-timey” football player costume instead.
22. Tina Fey said that she and Amy Poehler ~coached~ Kevin Gnapoor on his rapping.
And we think they did an A+++ job.
23. And finally, this is what Tina Fey’s very own high school ID looked like.
Why she still carries it? Nobody knows…but it’s golden and we love it. JUST LIKE HER!