Besides boasting breakout performances from then rising stars Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, the 2004 flick “Mean Girls” is arguably a teen classic because it deftly embodies the politics of snarky and sometimes nasty cliques generations of high-schoolers have had to navigate.
Onscreen, actor Jonathan Bennett played the heartthrob boy toy of reigning “Mean Girl” Regina George (portrayed by McAdams). However, in real life, Bennett has said he’s very familiar with being on the receiving end of hurtful taunts. He recently uploaded a Love Is Louder video to Your.MTV.com letting young people know that even if you’re dealing with the homeroom hate of a million Regina Georges, things will get better.
“Of all people, I know how mean people can be to each other. I mean, we made a whole movie about it,” Bennett quips in his clip. “It happened to me in high school, it happened to me in college [and] it still happens to me today. And I’m not gonna lie, it sucks. Sometimes it really sucks. But it doesn’t have to forever because there are people out there who love you, and love is a lot louder than hate.”
Actress Torrey DeVitto, who has appeared in TV’s high-school clique-fest “Pretty Little Liars,” also uploaded a video in which she admits “I know what it’s like to be disrespected and mentally abused.” However, like Bennett, she maintains that love will win out over petty hate.
Bennett and DeVitto are just the latest to share their words of encouragement via the Love Is Louder project. An initiative organized by MTV, actress Brittany Snow and the Jed Foundation, with support from DoSomething.org, the Trevor Project, Reach Out, Active Minds and the Ad Council, Love Is Louder aims to inspire and empower young people who may be lacking hope in the face of bullying.
For more information on Love Is Louder, visit the project’s Facebook page. You can also upload videos to Your.MTV.com, just like Bennett, DeVitto, Snow and Vinny Guadagnino did. You can also keep the conversation going on Twitter by using the hashtag #loveislouder.