On the tenth anniversary of Mean Girls' release, director Mark Waters has revealed that Lindsay Lohan was not supposed to have the lead role.
Lohan originally signed up to star as Rachel McAdam's character Regina George. Waters told Vulture, "Her energy is a very aggressive, testosterone-laden energy, and that's exactly what I knew I needed to Regina George.
"When I gave it to her, she was like, 'I ****ing love Regina George! This is exactly the part I want to play'. So we did a read-through and we were trying to look for somebody to play the role of Cady, but frankly, we didn't find anyone we liked who felt strong enough to go up against Lindsay."
Mean Girls followed Lohan's successful movie Freaky Friday which lead Paramount bosses to move her into the lead role. Waters explained, "Lindsay kind of begrudgingly said, 'Ok, I guess I'll play the lead. At least I get to have more lines'."
McAdams initially read for the part of Cady but Waters felt she would be a better Regina, "I told her, 'I think you're a movie star, but you're too old for this character. You just aren't going to be able to play the ingenue'."
He continued, "When Lindsay was acting with Rachel, she got very shy because Rachel was older and a very accomplished actress. She's come in the room and not talk to Lindsay – she was very focused. Lindsay kind of got nervous around her, and I thought that, more than anything, was going to be the deciding factor, the fact that she affected Lindsay in that way."