Revelations from Mean Girls Bombshells: Book Unveils Blake Lively’s Audition, Rachel McAdams’ K Wig, Twerking, and Original Title

Revelations from Mean Girls Bombshells: Book Unveils Blake Lively’s Audition, Rachel McAdams’ $10K Wig, Twerking, and Original Title

Fans of Mean Girls can expect a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes secrets in a new book about the 2004 film.

The unauthorized making-of tome, So Fetch: The Making of Mean Girls (and Why We’re Still So Obsessed with It), gives an insider peek at the iconic comedy, which has since given rise to a Broadway musical and a recent film adaptation of the musical.

Penned by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, who also wrote books about Sex and the City and Seinfeld, the work is billed as ‘part love letter, part cultural commentary’, per a release.¬†

It offers insights into the film’s creation, production, and release process, including surprise revelations of which actresses auditioned for the Tina Fey movie – and how it was originally titled Homeschooled.

Below, more jaw-dropping revelations from So Fetch: The Making of Mean Girls (and Why We’re Still So Obsessed with It).

Fans of Mean Girls can expect a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes secrets in a new book about the 2004 film called So Fetch: The Making of Mean Girls (and Why We're Still So Obsessed with It)

Fans of Mean Girls can expect a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes secrets in a new book about the 2004 film called¬†So Fetch: The Making of Mean Girls (and Why We’re Still So Obsessed with It)

The unauthorized making-of tome gives an insider peek at the iconic comedy, which has since given rise to a Broadway musical and a film adaptation of the musical

The unauthorized making-of tome gives an insider peek at the iconic comedy, which has since given rise to a Broadway musical and a film adaptation of the musical 

 

Blake Lively, Hilary Duff, Megan Fox and more stars were in the running for major parts

The yearbook at North Shore High would have looked a lot different if the casting process hadn’t landed Lindsay Lohan as Cady, Rachel McAdams as Regina, Amanda Seyfried as Karen, Lacey Chabert as Gretchen, Lizzy Caplan as Janis, and Daniel Franzese as Damian.

Casting director Marci Liroff, who was interviewed for the book, revealed many a starlet was considered for the large cast of characters. 

Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all auditioned for Gretchen, per Liroff. 

The yearbook at North Shore High would have looked a lot different if the casting process hadn't landed Lindsay Lohan as Cady, Rachel McAdams as Regina, Amanda Seyfried as Karen, Lacey Chabert as Gretchen

The yearbook at North Shore High would have looked a lot different if the casting process hadn’t landed Lindsay Lohan as Cady, Rachel McAdams as Regina, Amanda Seyfried as Karen, Lacey Chabert as Gretchen

Blake Lively was joined by Megan Fox , Haylie Duff, Kate Mara and Leighton Meester to take on Karen; Blake in 2023

Blake Lively was joined by Megan Fox , Haylie Duff, Kate Mara and Leighton Meester to take on Karen; Blake in 2023

Kristen Stewart and Michelle Trachtenberg were considered for the lead of Cady, after Lohan said she’d rather play Regina at one point.¬†

Blake Lively was joined by Megan Fox, Haylie Duff, Kate Mara and Leighton Meester to take on Karen.

Outcast Janis was almost played by America Ferrara or Kat Dennings.

And the boyfriend role could have been¬†Penn Badgley or Jared Padalecki if Jonathan Bennett hadn’t landed it.¬†

 

Rachel McAdams and Lacy Chabert wore wigs, with Rachel’s hair piece carrying a hefty price tag

According to hairstylist Carol Hartwick, Rachel wore a $10,000 blonde wig as Regina.

The hairpiece was manufactured by a wigmaker in Stratford, Ontario, as the movie was mostly filmed in Canada. 

‘I don’t know if this is actually true, but I remember hearing something about Rachel not wanting to bleach all of her hair,’ Mean Girls actor Rajiv Surendra shared to Seventeen back in 2017.

Rachel McAdams and Lacy Chabert wore wigs, with Rachel's hair piece carrying a hefty price tag of $10,000

Rachel McAdams and Lacy Chabert wore wigs, with Rachel’s hair piece carrying a hefty price tag of $10,000

The book also reports Chabert 'wore a three-quarters wig to make her big hair happen, pumping up her naturally fine strands'

The book also reports Chabert ‘wore a three-quarters wig to make her big hair happen, pumping up her naturally fine strands’

‘So the front bit was bleach blonde, so that was her real hair, but the wig was fake.’

The book also reports Chabert ‘wore a three-quarters wig to make her big hair happen, pumping up her naturally fine strands.’¬†

‘Hair was important [on the movie], I was never so busy,’ Hartwick explained.

 

Twerking and karaoke were served at the wrap party

Jill Morrison (Crying Girl in the film) revealed in the book that she partied with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the wrap party.

‘Morrison danced with them, freaking out when she saw Poehler do a little twerking move like she’d done during a Saturday Night Live sketch once,’ the book states.

Jill Morrison (Crying Girl in the film) revealed in the book that she partied with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the wrap party

Jill Morrison (Crying Girl in the film) revealed in the book that she partied with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the wrap party

Poehler also took over the shindig by singing karaoke with actress¬†Nicole Crimi (Regina’s sister in the film).¬†

The pair reportedly belted out Love Shack by the B-52s.

 

Jokes had to be rewritten to land a PG-13 rating instead of R rating

The Motion Picture Association requested a few jokes to be toned down in order for the film to be stamped with a PG-13 rating instead of an R one, per the book. 

One featured a character rumored to have given oral sex to a hot dog. The line was changed to ‘made out’ with a hot dog.¬†

Cady was asked if her ‘muffin was buttered’ in the film, but she was originally supposed to answer, ‘We’re taking a lunchtime survey: Is your cherry popped?’¬†

The Motion Picture Association requested a few jokes to be toned down in order for the film to be stamped with a PG-13 rating instead of an R one, per the book

The Motion Picture Association requested a few jokes to be toned down in order for the film to be stamped with a PG-13 rating instead of an R one, per the book

Cady was asked if her 'muffin was buttered' in the film, but she was originally supposed to answer, 'We're taking a lunchtime survey: Is your cherry popped?'

Cady was asked if her ‘muffin was buttered’ in the film, but she was originally supposed to answer, ‘We’re taking a lunchtime survey: Is your cherry popped?’

However, according to the book, Tina Fey fought to keep one joke in there. 

In the school hall scene where the principal asks girls to open up about the issues they are having with other female students, one girl announces, ‘Someone wrote in that book that I’m lying about being a virgin ’cause I use super-jumbo tampons, but I can’t help it if I’ve got a heavy flow and a wide-set vagina.’

The board wanted to nix ‘wide-set vagina’ but Fey and the director argued it was a sexist request.¬†

‘They were going to fight this one. That line was too good to lose, especially with the frozen hot dog already nixed,’ Armstrong said in the book.¬†

The term ended up staying in the final script.  

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