To quote the always-astute Gretchen Wieners: That is so fetch!
The burn book will be reopened today at 2 and 9 p.m., and in honor of the showing, MTV News dug through the archives to unearth some mid-aughts interviews with the film’s stars, in which they reflected on their own high school experiences.
“In high school, I was a floater,” Lohan remembered. “I mean, I played basketball, and I played soccer, and I did tennis, and I also did cheerleading. So it was like I kind of did everything, and I was involved in art, so I kind of did a mixture of everything, and I made a point to get along with everyone, so I didn’t have to deal with the drama in one specific clique.”
Co-star Lacey Chabert, on the other hand, had a much different adolescent experience, as she grew up on the set of the family drama “Party of Five.”
“I didn’t actually go to high school in the traditional way; I was tutored on set while I was working,” she recalled. “But amongst my group of friends, I guess I was kind of serious. I probably would have been the drama girl.”
From the sounds of it, Chabert and McAdams would have gotten along well, as they shared a similar sensibility.
“In high school, I was very serious as well,” McAdams said. “[I] wasn’t quite sure where I fit in and really didn’t find a place, but I did sports and drama.”
Like Chabert, Seyfried was a working actress during her teens, appearing on the soaps “As the World Turns” and, later, “All My Children,” but she was involved enough to experience the usual teen trappings.
“I think by the time high school was over, I was kind of on set,” she said. “I was in a clique of girls, and I became the torn bystander, I’d say, I think just because I wasn’t around all the drama. I didn’t get caught up. No one got mad at me.”
Despite being the furthest removed from high school, star and screenwriter Tina Fey had some of the most vivid and visceral recollections of her time carrying a binder and eating in the cafeteria.
“When I was in high school, I was pretty much an AP student and just kind of a dork,” she said. “I was in choir and on the school paper, and I never drank, and I never smoked, and I was like, ’People who drink are stupid!’ I was just a real goody two-shoes.”
Though Fey did admit to a darker side, one that likely influenced her film’s edgy tone. “I was also kind of a jealous girl and mean,” she admitted. “If I liked a guy and he liked some other girl, I’d be unbelievably mean about that girl. I would just talk to my friends about her for hours and hours and say bad stuff about her. I really wasted a lot of my time doing that.”
“You’re plastic. Cold, shiny, hard plastic.” Grab the microwave popcorn and tune in to MTV today at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. when we air Lindsay Lohan’s mid-aughts classic “Mean Girls”!