One of our favorite holiday movies at AfterEllen.com is Mean Girls. It kicks off Halloween and carries us right through Christmas. So while we’re tucking away our slutty mouse costumes and breaking out our slutty santa suits, we thought we’d check in with the women who starred in the most quotable movie of all time. Mean Girls: Where Are They Now?
Rachel McAdams (Regina George)
Mean Girls mantra: “Get in, loser; we’re going shopping.”
Post-high school heroics: Right after high school, Rachel McAdams starred in a little film you might have heard of called The Notebook. Something about a rainstorm and kissing and Ryan Gosling. And then another little film you might have heard of called Wedding Crashers. These days she kisses whomever she wants and crashes whatever weddings she wants and stars in whatever rom-coms, dram-coms, and action-coms she damn well pleases.
2012 GPA: A-
Lizzy Caplan (Janis Ian)
Mean Girls mantra: “She may seem like your typical selfish, back-stabbing, slut-faced ho-bag, but in reality, she’s so much more than that.”
Post-high school heroics: You might not have known it in 2004, but these days it’s no secret that Lizzy Caplan is a regulation hottie. She has traveled all over the world since leaving high school, making stops in New York while it was under monster attack (Cloverfield), Utah while James Franco was chewing off his own arm (127 Hours), Bon Temps while on a V-trip (True Blood), Los Angeles while catering had never been cooler (Party Down), and a ski resort while time-traveling was achieved by morons (Hot Tub Time Machine).
2012 GPA: B+
Tina Fey (Mrs. Norbury)
Mean Girls mantra: “Oh, hi, did you want to buy some drugs?”
Post-high school heroics: Awards as follow: Critics’ Choice, Teen Choice, Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, WGA, Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Emmy, Emmy, Emmy, Emmy, Emmy, Emmy, Emmy, AfterEllen.com Hot 100 #1.
2012 GPA: A+ forever
Lindsay Lohan (Cady Heron)
Mean Girls mantra: “I know it may look like I was being like a bitch, but that’s only because I was acting like a bitch.”
Post-high school heroics: Siiiiigh.
2012 GPA: F-
Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Weiners)
Mean Girls mantra: “That is so fetch!”
Post-high school heroics: Lacey Chabert is so pretty it’s hard to stop looking at her long enough to listen to her voice, but that’s a thing you should do because it’s sexy as hell and if you’ve watched any hero cartoons in the past eight years, you’ve been mesmerized by her. (Gwen Stacy, Dani Burns, Zatanna Zatara, Daisy Johnson, to name a few.) She’s also starred in a few major studio releases, including Ghost of Girlfriends Past alongside Jennifer Garner. And there was the matter of a short film called Destruction Party, for which I have a particular fondness as it was written and directed by my friend Amanda Mae Meyncke.
2012 GPA: B+
Amy Poehler (Mrs. George)
Mean Girls mantra: “I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom.”
Post-high school heroics: It’s hard to pick a thing to love most about Amy Poehler: Her bizarro surrogate mother from Baby Mama, her “Really?” segment with Seth Meyers on SNL, her departing Weekend Update, in which she did a full Sarah Palin-inspired rap while nine months pregnant, her cartoon Mighty B, her critically acclaimed role as the super-feminist, universally-adored Leslie Knope, her 2011 Harvard commencement speech, her Time magazine “100 Most Influential People” title. And that’s only half of what she’s accomplished since she told Lindsay Lohan that if she was going to drink, she should do it in the house.
2012 GPA: A+ forever
Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith)
Mean Girls mantra: “There’s a 30 percent chance it’s already raining!”
Post-high school heroics: Like Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried has done the Nicholas Sparks thing and the rom-com thing, but she’s also done the musical thing (with Meryl Streep in Mama Mia and with who knows how many A-listers in Les Miserables) and the drama thing (Red Riding Hood, Gone) and the taking roles from Lindsay Lohan thing (Lovelace) and the polygamy on premium cable thing (Big Love) and the lesbian thing (Chloe). All the things, basically, and she’s still only 26! Seyfried’s got staying power, just wait and see.
2012 GPA: A
Who’s your favorite Mean Girl, then and now?