It's been twelve years since Mean Girls exploded onto our screens and became a pop culture institution.
Tina Fey's whip-smart screenplay and a cast of exceptional talent catapulted what could have been a straightforward teen comedy into one of the finest examples of the genre of the last ten years. But what's everyone been up to since then?
Wonder no more.
LINDSAY LOHAN - Cady Heron
Oof. Right, so, after Mean Girls was a smash hit, everything looked rosy for Lindsay Lohan. She went on to do a sequel to her earlier Disney film, Herbie and had some guest slots in That 70's Show and a few others. She even starred in a film directed by Hollywood legend Robert Altman. So what happened? To borrow a phrase from Rick James, cocaine is a hell of a drug. She's had issues with drink, drugs, driving whilst on drink and drugs - all done under the glare of paparazzi and (ahem) entertainment websites. What's she at now? Well, her Twitter account is basically just her Instagram account and the odd time she does post on Twitter, it's usually about politics. She's been in the news recently thanks to drunk dancing in Mykonos and, er, trying to kidnap children.
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RACHEL McADAMS - Regina George
For Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls was her breakout role and she's gone from strength to strength since then. After completing Mean Girls, she then starred in weepy-drama The Notebook with Ryan Gosling and shlocky thriller Red Eye with Cillian Murphy. More recently, she was the lead actress in one of the best films of this year, Spotlight, and was one of the the three leads in the second season of True Detective. In fact, she's more known for her "serious" roles than anything else. Who wants to see Rachel McAdams in a comedy again? She also recently had a baby with boyfriend Jamie Linden.
TINA FEY - Ms. Norbury
Mean Girls was Tina Fey's first screenplay to be made into a film and was her first role in a major film. Prior to this, she was a member of Saturday Night Live and was the head writer as well. Shortly after Mean Girls, she created and starred in a little TV series called 30 Rock that ran for eight seasons and unleashed a thousand pop culture references and quotes into an unsuspecting world. As well as 30 Rock, Fey is also responsible for Netflix Original Series' The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and for making the Golden Globes relevant with her hosting alongside Amy Poehler. She also created the underrated tv show Great News that's currently showing on Netflix.
LIZZY CAPLAN - Janis Ian
This is your annual reminder that Underrated Actor Lizzy Caplan was actually in Mean Girls. Hello and welcome. Playing the dry, sarcastic friend to Cady Heron, Lizzy Caplan's character Janis Ian was, for our money, the funniest character in Mean Girls. Caplan has been very busy since Mean Girls, putting in guest slots in New Girl and American Dad. She was a series regular in short-lived and underrated comedy series Party Down and is currently starred alongside Rachel McAdams' former boyfriend, Michael Sheen, in critical hit Masters Of Sex. She got married to English actor Tom Reilly last year.
LACEY CHABERT - Gretchen Weiners
Prior to Mean Girls, most people over the age of 25 recognised Lacey Chabert as the little sister from Party Of Five with Neve Campbell. Since Mean Girls, Lacey Chabert has had a pretty interesting career. She's starred in a number of straight-to-DVD movies but has, weirdly, been a prolific voice actor. Her IMDb credits show a ton of videogames and cartoon series, including The Wild Thornberrys among others. She is Hallmark's resident TV movie queen, too. Expect to see her in a lot of Christmas movies over the festive season.
— Lacey Chabert (@IamLaceyChabert) May 22, 2016
DANIEL FRANZESE - DamianPlaying Damian, Janis Ian's fellow sarcasmatron, Daniel Franzese was the perfect foil to Lizzy Caplan's caustic digs. Since Mean Girls, he did reunite with Lizzy Caplan in an episode of Party Down. He also starred in the HBO movie adaptation of Looking and has starred in a number of television shows in the US, although you wouldn't see many of them over on this side of the Atlantic.
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— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) August 21, 2016
AMANDA SEYFRIED - Karen Smith
Amanda Seyfried took the idea of dumb blonde and elevated it to an art form with her role as Karen Smith. Seyfried - who was 17 when she filmed Mean Girls - has since gone on to star in, amongst other things, smash-hit musicals Les Miserables and Mamma Mia, horror-comedy Jennifer's Body and had a lead role in Red Riding Hood and In Time - which were both terrible. She famously took on the role of Linda Lovelace, replacing Lindsay Lohan who was fired for her partying antics. If they ever do a reunion, that's just going to be plain awkward for everyone. Amanda is married to Thomas Sadoski and the two share a daughter.
— Amanda Seyfried (@AmandaSeyfried) September 10, 2015
— ELLE Canada (@ElleCanada) June 3, 2016
DAVID REALE - Glen Coco
Glen Coco became a pop culture phenomenon and YOU NEVER EVEN SEE HIS FACE. How is that possible? Who knows. Since Mean Girls, David Reale has a recurring role in Suits alongside Gabriel Macht. Good for him.
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