Could you imagine ‘Mean Girls’ without Lindsay Lohan? In a brand new interview with the entire cast, the actress reveals the reason why she went to ‘war’ with her role! ‘Mean Girls’ without LiLo?! That would have been so un-fetch.
Mean Girls reunion! 10 years after the movie hit theaters, Lindsay Lohan, 28, Rachel McAdams, 35, Lacey Chabert, 32, Amanda Seyfried, 28, and Tina Fey, 44, all joined together for an interview, released on Nov. 5, and their confessions about the original casting may shock you!
‘Mean Girls’ Reunion: Lindsay Lohan Wanted To Be Regina George
Regina George, Gretchen Wieners, Karen Smith and Cady Heron made for the perfect, now iconic, clique, but Lindsay Lohan didn’t think so.
“I had finished Freaky Friday with [director] Mark Waters not long before,” Lindsay tells Entertainment Weekly for their reunion issue. “I had gone to Toronto and I was doing Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Mark came out to scout locations for Mean Girls and came to see me at my hotel and said, ‘Do you wanna do this movie?'”
Being handed a feature film on a silver plate sounds perfect, right? Not quite. There was one problem.
“I wanted to play Regina,” LiLo confesses.
“I had just played — in Confessions and Freaky — 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 auditioned to play Regina as well. It ended up being Rachel, and she’s wonderful.”
Tina, who wrote the screenplay and played Ms. Norbury, also thought about Lindsay playing the queen bee.
“At some point I was like, ‘Oh, should Lindsay be Regina?’ And then Mark and Lorne [Michaels, producer] had the good sense to say, ‘No, she gets to turn into Regina.’ You work backward from that and you cast her as Cady, knowing she could get to that point of being Regina, but you let her be the innocent side, too.”
Rachel McAdams Auditioned For Lindsay Lohan’s Part
“Originally, I auditioned for Cady,” Rachel tells the magazine. “Everyone was flipped around a little bit. I loved Regina — she seemed so deliciously wicked and borderline evil. I was quite a bit older at the time — I was, like, 24 or 25. Mark said, ‘I see Cady a little bit younger, but I think it makes sense if Regina kind of grew up a little too fast.'”
Turns out, Lacey also wasn’t so pumped to take on Toaster Strudel heiress Gretchen, but found pleasure in playing the ditzy diva.
“I thought I was really wrong for Gretchen,” she says. “The character description physically was very different from me. [She] was supposed to be really gangly. I loved how insecure she was. For me, the comedy came in her trying so desperately to please everyone and fit in and having no clue of her own identity.”
As for Amanda? She was super excited to have any part in the high school comedy. Very carefree…just like Karen!
“Mark Waters was like, ‘You have something I want. Let’s see if you work for Karen,'” Amanda recalls. “He was so amazing. He saw comedic timing I didn’t see, and thank God for that. You only get so many breaks in your life. I just wanted to be in the movie. To be asked to play Karen, I was like, ‘Great! Whatever!'”
HollywoodLIfers, should Lindsay have played Regina George or was her casting as Cady Heron perfect? Let us know what you think!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister