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It's Oct. 3 — What Is the Mean Girls Cast up to Now?

Oct 3 2016 - 9:30pm

Mean Girls know that Oct. 3 is a special day [1], so we thought it was high time that we checked in with the cast, 12 years after they put out their hit movie. Sure, we all kinda know what Lindsay Lohan [2] and Tina Fey [3] are up to, but what about the minor-but-memorable characters, like Kevin G or the famous Glen Coco? We've tracked down your favorite characters to see what the actors are doing now.

Rajiv Surendra: Then

Rajiv Surendra was only 15 when Mean Girls first came out, but he made a lasting impression in portraying Kevin Gnapoor, the skinny math enthusiast/badass MC. Memorable line: "Don't let the haters stop you from doin' your thang."

Rajiv Surendra: Now

Now, Rajiv has relocated to NYC where he works as a craftsman — making candles and pottery. He is also a talented calligrapher [7] and works under the name of "Letters in Ink." Oh, also, he's releasing a new memoir called Elephants in My Backyard [8]!

Amy Poehler: Then

Amy Poehler [9] was moderately well known before Mean Girls for her work on Saturday Night Live and The Upright Citizens Brigade. She's also Tina's best friend, which may have had a hand in helping her land the role of Regina's mother, even though she is actually only seven years older than Rachel McAdams [10].

Amy Poehler: Now

Amy's star has continued to rise ever since Mean Girls. Shortly after the film came out, she was made a coanchor on SNL's "Weekend Update" alongside Tina, and her presence on the show continued to increase. She left in 2010 to star in NBC's Parks and Recreation, which ended in 2015 after seven seasons. She and Tina have also won acclaim for hosting the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Golden Globes.

Amanda Seyfried: Then

Amanda Seyfried [11] was a relative unknown when she landed the role of ditzy Karen in Mean Girls. However, Mark Waters, the director, recently revealed that Amanda almost won the role of Regina, which eventually went to Rachel McAdams [12].

Amanda Seyfried: Now

Amanda has had arguably the biggest career change since the film, starring in 2008's Mama Mia, 2010's Dear John, and, of course, 2012's Les Misérables. More recently, she joined the cast of the Twin Peaks reboot [13], and got engaged to Thomas Sadoski [14].

Jonathan Bennett: Then

Jonathan Bennett made us all swoon as hunky Aaron Samuels, Regina's on-again, off-again boyfriend and a guy who really looked sexy with his hair pushed back.

Jonathan Bennett: Now

Jonathan has yet to re-create his success in Mean Girls, but he has continued to maintain a respectable career in various films and TV shows, including Lifetime's The Wrong Woman. He made headlines for his relationships with Lance Bass and Kyle XY star Matt Dallas and also shot back into our hearts in more recent years when it was discovered that he moonlights as a spin instructor for Flywheel in LA [15]. In 2016, he scored a recurring role on Awkward.

Lacey Chabert: Then

Lacey was already an established star (thanks to Party of Five) when she took on the role of sassy Gretchen Weiners in Mean Girls. Remember, her hair is full of secrets.

Lacey Chabert: Now

Lacey continued to work after Mean Girls came out, mostly sticking to voice work and TV. She was the voice of Gwen Stacy in The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon and recently starred as Dr. Amy Shaw in ABC Family's Baby Daddy. She married Dave Nehdar [16] in 2013 and just welcomed her first child [17], Julia.

Lindsay Lohan: Then

Lindsay Lohan [18] was just breaking out of her child star shell when she played new girl Cady in Mean Girls. Before the film, she was best known for The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. Interestingly enough, Lindsay was originally set to play Regina but the studio decided that, after the success of Freaky Friday, Lindsay needed to take on the lead.

Lindsay Lohan: Now

Let's just say that a lot has happened over the past 12 years for Lindsay. She became a household name after the film and followed it up with 2005's wildly successful Herbie Fully Loaded. However, her personal life soon outshone her career success. Between 2007 and 2013, the actress was in and out of both rehab and jail for various offenses, and in Summer 2013, she completed a 90-day stint in rehab. She has been slowly trying to build back her career, taking on roles in TV movies and low-budget films like The Canyons.

Rachel McAdams: Then

Rachel McAdams [19] was still pretty unknown when she was cast as Queen Bee Regina in Mean Girls. Initially, Rachel read for the part of Cady but was told she was too old. However, once Lindsay was switched to Cady's role, the producers brought Rachel back in because they felt that, being older, she could actually intimidate Lindsay.

Rachel McAdams: Now

With Mean Girls and The Notebook, 2004 was a really good year for Rachel. She continued that success with a slew of film roles, including 2009's Sherlock Holmes, 2011's Midnight in Paris, and 2012's The Vow. She also became half of one of the Internet's favorite couples when she got into a romance with her Notebook costar, Ryan Gosling [20]. However, the two split for good in 2008. After that, Rachel has had relationships with Josh Lucas [21] and her Midnight in Paris costar Michael Sheen. In 2015, she moved to TV and joined the cast of True Detective season two [22].

David Reale: Then

Who is David Reale, you may ask? He's Glen Coco! Sure, he may not have had any lines, but he turned what was essentially a featured extra role into a memorable part of the film.

David Reale: Now

David has been steadily working since Mean Girls came out, mostly sticking to voice work for TV shows like Beyblade. Most recently, he starred as "Canadian Dave" in MTV's short-lived adaptation of the hit UK series Skins and has had bit roles in Nikita and Suits (which he's still acting on in 2016!).

Tina Fey: Then

Tina was already fairly well known when she wrote and starred in Mean Girls, thanks to her long tenure on Saturday Night Live as the show's head writer and "Weekend Update" cohost. Despite her good credentials, Mean Girls was Tina's first feature film.

Tina Fey: Now

After Mean Girls, Tina left SNL to go start her own NBC show, 30 Rock, which ran until 2013. She briefly returned to SNL in 2008 when it was discovered that she bore a strong resemblance to Sarah Palin. Tina has won a total of nine Emmy Awards, two Golden Globes, and five SAG Awards, and she has won critical acclaim for cohosting the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Golden Globes with Amy Poehler [23]. More recently, Tina has found a hit with Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which she helped create and acts on with bit roles.

Daniel Franzese: Then

Daniel was 26 when he landed the breakout role of Damian in Mean Girls. Before the film, he had been a struggling actor, mostly getting bit roles in small films.

Daniel Franzese: Now

The actor, who recently came out in an open letter [24] to his character, has acted in smaller roles and on the stage since playing Damian, but his career hit an uptick when he landed a major role on HBO's Looking [25].

Tim Meadows: Then

Tim Meadows was already a familiar face in 2004 when he hit the big screen as Principal Duvall. He had completed a successful nine-year run on Saturday Night Live in 2000, which he followed up with his very own SNL movie, The Ladies Man. The Ladies Man bombed at the box office, and Tim was not considered a big name when he signed on for his friend Tina's film.

Tim Meadows: Now

Tim has maintained a good career since Mean Girls, often popping up in TV shows (like Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Colbert Report, and 30 Rock) and comedy films (like Semi-Pro and Grown Ups). Despite his still-impressive credentials, he was also one of the few original cast members to return for the unsuccessful sequel, Mean Girls 2. His most recent credit is on Son of Zorn, a new Fox show that combines live action and animation.

Lizzy Caplan: Then

Lizzy Caplan was a relative unknown when she took on the role of sarcastic outcast Janice Ian for Mean Girls. She had previously landed small roles in Freaks and Geeks and Smallville.

Lizzy Caplan: Now

Lizzy has enjoyed a very successful career since Mean Girls, which is interesting because, due to her goth look in the film, not many people recognize her from the film. She has since starred in True Blood as Kat Warbler, gained a cult following for her portrayal of Casey Klein in Party Down, and currently costars alongside Michael Sheen in Masters of Sex, for which she was nominated for an Emmy. She dated Matthew Perry [26] from 2006 to 2012 and is also the godmother to Busy Philipps's daughter, Birdie.

Jill Morrison: Then

Yes, it's "The Crying Girl"! Mean Girls was Jill's first film role, but she made it a memorable one thanks to her very tearful delivery of one of her only lines: "I just have a lot of feelings."

Jill Morrison: Now

Since Mean Girls, Jill has landed small roles in various TV shows, including Supernatural and Psych. She also had roles in 2010's Tooth Fairy and 2006's Deck the Halls.

Daniel De Santo: Then

Before appearing as Jason, the apple of Gretchen Weiners's eye, in Mean Girls, Daniel was best known for playing Tucker in Are You Afraid of the Dark? and voicing Carlos Ramon on The Magic Schoolbus.

Daniel De Santo: Now

Since Mean Girls, Daniel has taken on mostly bit roles and voice work, including the anime Beyblade, just like Glen Coco (aka David Reale). Daniel also had roles in 2009's The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Just remember, Daniel's got that sweet, sweet Nickelodeon money to keep him afloat, so don't get too upset that he hasn't been in much in recent years.

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