What The Cast Of Mean Girls Looks Like Today

Mean Girls is over ten years old, but for most of us, the limit for how many times we'll watch and love it absolutely does not exist. While we were all still waiting for "fetch" to happen and celebrating October 3rd, the cast grew up and moved on from their roles in the iconic film. So what does the cast of Mean Girls look like today? Find out! 

Daniel Franzese (Damian)

If you've ever uttered (or screamed at the top of your lungs) the line, "she doesn't even go here!" you can thank Daniel Franzese's character Damian for that. After Mean Girls, Franzese veered more towards television (and even appeared in an episode of Party Down with on-screen BFF Lizzy Caplan), though he told Entertainment Weekly in 2015 that he still gets recognized for his iconic Mean Girls role every single day. He made headlines in 2014 when he came out via an open letter to none other than Damian. "I wished I'd had you as a role model when I was younger," Franzese wrote. "I [sic] might've been easier to be gay growing up." According to People, Franzese got engaged to his partner in the Starbucks where they first met — you go, Glenn Coco.

Jonathan Bennett (Aaron Samuels)

If there are only two things we took away from Mean Girls, it's that the limit does not exist and that it's always October 3rd. For that, we thank Jonathan Bennett's character, Aaron Samuels. After Mean Girls, Bennett went on to pursue acting, scoring small parts in various films and TV shows. He resurfaced in 2014 for season 19 of Dancing With The Stars alongside Allison Holker (he didn't win). Right after his season of DWTS aired, it appears that Julianne Hough accidentally outed Bennett on Extra. According to The Huffington Post, Bennett's rep never responded to Hough's comment and to this day, Bennett has yet to publicly come out — but yes, he knows his hair looks sexy pushed back.

Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Weiners)

While Mean Girls provided many of these actors with their breakout role, Lacey Chabert previously found success on the television show Party of Five. Chabert did a fabulous job playing Toaster Strudel heiress Gretchen Weiners (though Weiners decidedly did not do a fabulous job making 'fetch' happen). However, Chabert didn't initially see herself as a good fit for the character. "I thought I was really wrong for Gretchen. The character description physically was very different from me," she told Entertainment Weekly. 

We think she made it work! Despite her on-screen success, after Mean Girls Chabert largely went on to pursue more behind-the-scenes work as a voice actor, and in 2016, she gave birth to a daughter. She talked to People about life as a working mom, saying, "I feel like I'm that typical new parent that's nervous about everything. It was nice to have that part of myself back and to be working again."

Lizzy Caplan (Janis Ian)

Lizzy Caplan flawlessly played the witty, sarcastic Janis Ian — so much so that she says she's often typecast since her Mean Girls role. "I think people see me in a certain way," she told Uproxx in 2013. For example, her character in Party Down is basically a Janis Ian reincarnate. In fact, she got so sick of being typecast that she almost quit acting. "I didn't want to be continually rejected," she revealed to Rolling Stone in 2014. "I was right at the doorway of believing I couldn't do anything else." However, she was soon cast as Virginia Johnson in Showtime's Masters of Sex, which she says came "right in the nick of time." According to E! Online, Caplan got engaged to actor Tom Riley in 2016.

Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith)

Though she originally auditioned for the role of Regina George, Amanda Seyfried told Entertainment Weekly that she's forever grateful for her role as Karen. "You only get so many breaks in your life," she said. "I just wanted to be in the movie." And while Karen and her five senses might not have been the sharpest tool in the shed, unlike her character, Seyfried was smart enough to turn her Mean Girls role to a successful acting career. After Mean Girls, she starred in huge films like Les Miserables and Mamma Mia! In 2017, the actress eloped with actor Thomas Sadoski and gave birth to a daughter. "I love being a mother," she told E! News. "I love my family so much."

Rachel McAdams (Regina George)

Regina George was your typical passive aggressive (and sometimes just plain aggressive) high school bully. When it came to casting George, Rachel McAdams scored the part over both Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Seyfried, Lohan revealed to Entertainment Weekly. On playing George, McAdams told Entertainment Weekly, "I loved Regina. She seemed so deliciously wicked and borderline evil." 

McAdams' fame didn't stop post-bus accident. She's since starred alongside actors like Jake Gyllenhaal, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum, and was even nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for her role in Spotlight. Despite all of her Hollywood success, McAdams promised fans that she's never too good for a Mean Girls reunion. "I loved doing that movie," she said in a 2016 interview with E! News. "We got to have a reunion at a photo shoot a couple of years ago and it was over like that," she said, snapping her fingers, "and it wasn't enough." So, let's make that happen stat!

Lindsay Lohan (Cady Heron)

Before starring in Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan already had quite a few title roles under her belt. Though she originally wanted to play the role of top mean girl Regina George, according to Entertainment Weekly, director Mark Waters pinned her as "the heroine" Cady right away. Soon after Mean Girls, though, Lohan's name seemed to appear in the tabloids more often than in movie credits. As detailed by E! Online, she faced a number of arrests and even did some jail time in the years following Mean Girls – and unfortunately this likely impacted Lindsay Lohan's net worth.

More recently, she seems to be in the process of turning her life around for the better. In the beginning of 2017, Lohan appeared on The View to discuss her activist work as well as answer questions about whether or not she converted to Islam. "I think everyone's free to study whatever they want," she told the show's hosts.

It's a classic

Mean Girls has undoubtedly earned its place in the list of classic, must-see teen films. Though the cast is grown up and on to other things, we appreciate Tina Fey's masterpiece to this day. No matter how many years pass, we'll still try to make "fetch" happen (and wait patiently for a reunion).