‘Mean Girls’: 11 Things You Didn’t Know About The Movie And Secrets Behind The Scenes (Exclusive)

From possible role changes to who wore a wig, ET is celebrating the 17th anniversary of Bad Girls unearthing behind-the-scenes secrets and reflecting on the popular movie with its leads.

April 30 marks 17 years since the teen comedy, starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey, Amanda Seyfried and Jonathan Bennett, hit theaters and became a cult classic.

Bad Girls It still feels like yesterday to me, ”Lohan told ET’s Nischelle Turner.

“Oh my gosh, filming that movie, I’ve never been in a movie before,” Tina Fey said while chatting with ET’s Lauren Zima. “I had no idea. I had just done Weekend update. But it was a good time. “

While Lohan will always be known to many for her role as Cady Heron in the 2004 film, she wasn’t necessarily who the filmmakers were looking at for the character. In fact, Lohan and McAdams (who played the evil Regina George) could have ended each other’s roles. But following Lohan’s interpretation of Anna in Strange friday The filmmakers feared that fans would not accept her as a villain.

“I knew I would be able to play Cady and go from being completely innocent, someone who doesn’t know anything, to being a horrible bitch and going back to being a good person again,” said Fey, who also wrote the film. .

Seyfried, who was 17 at the time, also auditioned for the role of Regina, but was found to suit the role of goofy Karen better.

“It was the first movie I ever made,” Seyfried told ET in March. “I had the best time.”

Meanwhile, James Franco was considered to play Aaron Samuels, a role that went to Bennett.

“It wouldn’t have been the same without him,” Seyfried said of Bennett at the time.

In other fun facts from the set, McAdams couldn’t fully bleach her hair, so she wore a wig to turn blonde for the role.

“I thought it was very Regina – long, blonde, Barbie hair,” McAdams said during an on-set interview at the time of filming. “The color looks perfect.”

ET also spoke to Lacey Chabert (aka Gretchen Wieners), who shared how her daughter, Julia, saw the scene where the girls were performing “Jingle Bell Rock” and exclaimed, “That’s Mom!”

“It feels like yesterday,” Chabert said. “I will never forget making that movie and I am so flattered that people still love it and talk about it as much as they do. I am honored to have been a part of it.”

“I mean, it’s amazing how iconic this movie has become and how many people still find and discover it every year,” agreed Daniel Franzese while chatting with ET Live’s Denny Directo and Tanner Thomason. “I think it is an honor to be part of something so relevant.”

One of the ways the film finds relevance is thanks to its impact on the LGBTQ community, largely through Franzese’s character Damian, which is something the actor is immensely proud of.

“I think Damian is one of the first LGBTQ characters, especially one in size, that resonated with a lot of people,” Franzese explained. “… It was a movie where Damian was able to be himself and be comfortable in his skin and not have to fear for his life and just breathe and be able to survive. I think that resonated with a lot of people.”

As for the possibility of a reboot, Chabert agreed that it would be fun to revisit the movie. “I haven’t heard anything about it officially, but she was such a funny character that I think it would be a lot of fun to revisit these women and see where they are now.”

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