‘Mean Girls’: Who Plays Glen Coco?

Mean Girls is a teen comedy movie that takes a look at high school cliques. The movie’s cast includes some famous names, such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Lohan, and Amanda Seyfried. Mean Girls now a cult classic and has also been made into a play.

It also has its own day, which, if you’ve seen the movie, you would know is October 3rd. In addition to this, Mean Girls also has many quotable lines, some of which are now memes. One such quote made a minor character famous, and an article written by Mental Floss found out who played Glen Coco. 

What is ‘Mean Girls’ about?

L to R: Rachel McAdams as Regina George, Lindsay Lohan as Cady Heron and Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners | CBS via Getty Images

Mean Girls is a movie written by Fey and released in 2004. This movie was Fey’s first screenplay. A self-help book that advised parents on how they can help their daughters deal with specific issues of adolescence inspired Fey.

Mean Girls is centered around teen Cady Heron, portrayed by Lohan. After being homeschooled by her scientist parents in Africa, who experiences public school for the first time when her family moves to Illinois. Cady soon learns about high school cliques.

On her first day, she becomes friends with two outcast teens. They tell her about the popular clique, also nicknamed “The Plastics,” which is led by Regina George, played by McAdams. The Plastics are cruel, fake, and manipulative teen girls.

Cady and her new friends devise a plan for her to befriend the popular girls to learn their weaknesses and take them down. In the beginning, their plan is successful as Cady sabotages the popular girls. However, she eventually turns into a mean girl as well. In the end, everyone learns their lessons, and Cady returns to being herself. 

You Go, Glen Coco!

In one scene of the movie, one of the misfit characters, Damian, is dressed as Santa Clause and is going around to each classroom to hand out candy grams. In this scene, he comes up to a student and says, “Glen Coco, four for you! You go, Glen Coco!”

Glen Coco was meant to be a minor character in the film and is even uncredited. He is again seen when mean girl Gretchen stands up to read her essay on Julius Caesar to her class. However, the line, “You go, Glen Coco!” has since been made famous.

So who is the actor portraying Glen Coco? Mental Floss and BuzzFeed did some digging and found out it is the actor, David Reale.

Who is David Reale?


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David Reale is a Canadian actor, and since his portrayal of Glen Coco in Mean Girls, he has gone on to be in some TV shows.

In 2005, he was in two episodes of Queer as Folk, then the US version of Skins, and in 2011 he was in an episode of Suits. In addition to this, Reale also actors on stage, and played the main lead in a play called “My Name is Asher Lev.”

According to The Sun, Reale still receives candy canes from fans. He says: “A few times a year the internet goes Coco crazy and I get all these messages and people stop me on the street and take pictures with me and send me fan mail with candy canes. It’s a pretty joyful meme. People love the Coco. Everyone is really nice about it. And I’m pretty sure it’s got me at least one date. So, how can I complain?”

So if you run into David Reale, feel free to give him a candy cane and tell him, “you go, Glen Coco!”