Do you wanna do something fun? Wanna celebrate the 10 year anniversary of "Mean Girls"?
"Mean Girls," one of the most quoted, recognizable comedies of all time, premiered in theaters 10 years ago on April 30, 2004. The movie, which went on to gross more than $129 million dollars in the worldwide box office, has continued to live on as a cult favorite among movie watchers online and around the world.
The comedy, which was written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters, made household names out of its stars, including Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lizzy Caplan, among others. The actresses have gone on to star in several hit films and television shows and have endured life under the glare of the media ever since, most notably Lohan.
At the time of the film's release, Lohan was coming off the success of several hit films, including the wholesome family comedies "The Parent Trap" and "Freaky Friday." In a 2004 interview with George Pennacchio of KABC-TV Los Angeles, the actress talked about transitioning into the film's more mature subject matter at the time, saying she hoped to maintain her young fan base while still pursuing "edgier" roles.
"It's hard because, you get to a point where you wanna do stuff that's edgier and everything but, as much as I want to do that, it's more interesting if I kind of go that way later on when I'm age appropriate to do that," she said. "I don't wanna go ahead and lose my fans and not be able to come back. Like I can go there in the future, so I think it's a matter of finding the right material. I have great agents and people around me that I can trust and I have a great family that just has been there for me and stuff, and it's good when you have that, it helps you."
In a separate interview, Fey spoke about the process of writing the film and gave insight into a fun fact about the character Janice Ian (played by Lizzy Caplan) that many fans may not know about. HINT: she's named after Grammy-winning singer Janice Ian.
"It was funny because, legally, because the movie is set in Illinois, the name just has to clear in Illinois, and it did so, that's fine," she said. "I had been referring to the character while I was writing as [Janice Ian] because I was thinking of the song "At Seventeen," and I was thinking, 'She's like this Janice Ian type,' and I sort of realized that I could just name her Janice Ian, because no one under 30 was gonna know the reference, and so her name is just Janice Ian. Hopefully, Ms. Janice Ian will be pleased."
"Mean Girls" is currently available to stream on Netflix. WATCH full interviews from 2004 with Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey talking about "Mean Girls" above, and check out red carpet interviews with the entire cast of the film at the Los Angeles premiere below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).