‘Mean Girls’ at 15: Regina George Is Based on Alec Baldwin & More

Mean Girls opened on April 30, 2004 but Mean Girls Day is October 3 because that is the day Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) asked Cady (Lindsay Lohan) what day it was. So October 3 is the perfect excuse to take a look back at Mean Girls, the landmark teen comedy starring Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert and Amanda Seyfried, written by Tina Fey.

Tina Fey and Lindsay Lohan at a Mean Girls screening | Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

Earlier this year, Paramount re-released Mean Girls on a 15th anniversary Blu-ray in a pink case, just like the Plastics. The bonus features, including a commentary track with Fey, director Mark Waters and producer Lorne Michaels, were very informative. They were all recorded when the film came out in 2004 but still provide a great look back at Mean Girls 15 years later.

The Alec Baldwin movie that inspired Regina George

Regina George (McAdams) was the queen of the Plastics. You might be surprised to know she was based on an Alec Baldwin character. This was long before Fey created 30 Rock and cast Baldwin.

Mean Girls Movie
L-R: Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams and Lacey Chabert in Mean Girls | Paramount Pictures

“Alec Baldwin’s character in Glengarry Glen Ross is the template for how Regina should be,” Waters said. “ It’s not like you should be watching Joan Crawford.”

You have to be nice to play mean girls

Tina Fey also confirms that Regina George is completely the result of acting. Rachel McAdams is nice in real life. 

Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams | Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

“Just like you have to cast a smart person to play a dumb person, you have to cast someone really polite and kind and hard working to play this character,” Fey said. “Because if you cast the real thing it would be a nightmare.” 

Lindsay Lohan hated this ‘Mean Girls’ outfit the most

About 50 minutes in, you see Cady wearing a tank top and orange/blue/red striped skirt. Not only did Lindsay Lohan hate wearing it, nobody on the set liked it. 

Mark Waters and Lindsay Lohan
Mark Waters and Lindsay Lohan behind the scenes of Mean Girls | Paramount Pictures

“This is the most hideous outfit in the picture,” Waters said. “Nobody liked it. I didn’t like it, Lindsay didn’t like it, the costume designer. Somehow she got into it one day and we shot something. Oh no, we established that. Why did we establish that?”

Amanda Seyfried auditioned for Regina in ‘Mean Girls’

Mark Waters said Amanda Seyfried actually auditioned to play Regina George first. She was right for the part, but with Lindsay Lohan as Cady, Rachel McAdams worked better as Regina.

L-R: Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Lindsay Lohan | J. Shearer/WireImage

“Amanda Seyfried, who ended up playing the role of Karen, read for Regina and was fantastic in the part, but just didn’t feel as good as Rachel did opposite Lindsay,” Waters said. “Then we actually said, ‘Well, why not try her out for Karen?’ It turned out she had this spacey, daffy sense of humor that was perfect for that.”

Amanda Seyfried | Theo Wargo/WireImage

Seyfried relishes playing “the dumb one.”

“I was always kind of the dumb one of my group,” Seyfried said. “I would ask stupid questions and I didn’t know why I asked them.” 

Tim Meadows broke his wrist right before filming ‘Mean Girls’

Principal Duvall (Tim Meadows) wears a cast throughout Mean Girls which he blames on a carpal tunnel injury. 

“People refer to that as a joke that they like,” Fey said. “We should say that Tim broke his hand the week before we started shooting.”

Mean Girls' Tim Meadows
Tim Meadows attends a private screening of Mean Girl | Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images

Their explanation was convincing. 

“It’s bizarre,” Waters said. “People really think it was a carpal tunnel injury. That’s why he has it for the entire movie going all the way to Spring.”

The Mathletes answers are real

When Cady reclaims her true self and competes with the Mathletes at the end, Tina Fey confirms that they answer all the questions with real answers.

Tina Fey in Mean Girls
Tina Fey in Mean Girls | Paramount Pictures

“Yeah, they’re real,” Fey said. “I got ‘em off the internet.”