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"Mean Girls" Based on Real High School Experiences

In interview, star Lindsay Lohan said she originally preferred mean girl roll

May 22, 2004


With all the big money block busters like Van Helsing and Troy hitting the big screens recently, no one expected a low budget movie like Mean Girls to make a splash. But this film, staring 17 year old Lindsey Lohan, has become the surprise hit of this season surpassing the $55 million dollar mark in just its second week of release.

The screenplay for Mean Girls was written by Tina Fay, a star on Saturday Night Live, who wrote the film based on her experience in high school. Believe it or not, Tina was not a victim of mean girls in high school, she WAS a mean girl. Today she's a much wiser mean girl, who saves her evil jabs for people who really deserve it; "Popular" girls who make targets of "unpopular" girls in high school. The movie reveals the catty attitudes that many girls have between each other and the never-ending war for popularity that goes on in today's high school society.

Lindsay Lohan plays Cady Heron, who was raised in African bush country by her outlandish zoologist parents. Cady thinks she knows about survival of the fittest, but the law of the jungle takes on a whole new meaning when the home-schooled 15-year-old enters public high school for the first time and encounters psychological warfare and unwritten social rules that teenage girls face today.

Cady has to learn the rules of high school -- a whole different jungle. She instantly makes friends with two sweet teenagers, Damian, (Daniel Franzese) and Janis, (Lizzy Caplan) who, in the terms of the high school, were in the "out crowd." Soon she meets "The Plastics," three crude and rude, but beautiful, popular girls, consisting of Regina, (Rachel McAdams) the group's leader; Gretchen, (Lacey Chabert) Regina's follower; and Karen, (Amanda Seyfried) a dimwitted beauty. They immediately accept her into their group, but Cady, wanting to keep her first friends, is unsure.

Inevitably, things turn for the worse when Cady falls for Regina's ex-boyfriend, Aaron (Jonathan Bennett). Regina seeks revenge of Cady by taking Aaron back. When Cady learns the evil ways of "The Plastics," her ultimate goal is to destroy Regina's reputation. So Cady, Janis, and Damian plot together to bring "The Plastics" down.

However, as Cady spends more time with the Plastics, she too begins to become one.

I met Lindsay Lohan at a recent Hollywood Party and I asked her what it was like taking on the role of 15-year-old Cady Heron in Mean Girls. She said, "Well at first I wanted to play one of the mean girls to try something different and fun, but I but I really liked the character of Cady, so I ended up playing a nice girl who sort of becomes a mean girl."

Knowing that she was the first redhead child to be signed to the Ford modeling agency, I asked her if she's still doing any modeling. "Right now I'm actually focusing on acting and school, but who knows - I might do some modeling again in the future."

I definitely see an even brighter future in Hollywood for Lindsay. Having been a fan of hers since I first saw her starring in Parent Trap years ago, she just seems to get better and better.

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Lindsay Lohan w/Angela
While I was watching Mean Girls at the theater, I couldn't help but notice that everyone -- girls and boys, men and women -- were all laughing and having a great time. Mean Girls is by far the best teen movie I've seen all year. In fact, it's the best movie this year period!

Angela Riccio is a Hollywood correspondent for GirlsNewsDaily.com, covering music and movies. A lover of the I Love Lucy show from an early age, Angela's interests include learning martial arts, playing musical instruments and other entertainment activities. Artists she has previously interviewed include Jennifer Lopez, Avril Lavigne and Nelly.

e-mail Angela at: StarStruckAngie@aol.com

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