Mean Girls 2024: Meet the Cast Shaping High School.
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In 2024, Lorne Michaels and Tina Fey collaborated to create a remake of the iconic 2004 movie “Mean Girls,” which was first adapted into a Broadway musical in 2018. The original film, featuring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert, quickly became a comedy classic.
Initially planned as a Paramount+ exclusive under Tina Fey’s guidance and directors Samantha Jayne and Arturo Perez Jr., the musical remake later received a theatrical release in September 2023. The remake aims to capture the essence of the beloved original while introducing it to a new audience.
Actors and their characters in 2024’s Mean Girls
Angourie Rice plays Cady Heron
Angourie Rice plays Cady Heron. Cady is a 24-year-old actress from Australia, and she steps into the shoes of the main character, who moves from Kenya, Africa, to a suburb in Chicago. Cady faces a big change, transitioning from being homeschooled to entering a high school.
While adapting to this new environment, she makes friends swiftly and discovers the different social groups that shape the high school dynamics. Angourie Rice takes on this important role, following in the footsteps of Lindsay Lohan.
You might recognize Rice from her role as Betty Brant in the Spider-Man trilogy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially in the latest installment, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in 2021. Her acting credits also include notable works like “The Nice Guys,” “Mare of Easttown,” and “The Beguiled.”
Reneé Rapp plays Regina George
In Mean Girls movie, the role of the main mean girl, Regina George, is played by Reneé Rapp, taking over from Rachel McAdams who portrayed the character in 2004.
Once Cady meets Regina, she realizes Regina is like the boss of the school’s social world. However, Cady decides to sneak into Regina’s group of friends, the Plastics, while Regina is busy trying to keep her popularity strong.
Reneé Rapp, known for her singing career, also has a significant role in Max’s The Sex Lives of College Girls, adding to her on-screen credits.
Auli’i Cravalho plays Janis ‘Imi’ike
Cady becomes fast friends with Janis ‘Imi’ike, played by Auli’i Cravalho, who steps into the shoes of Lizzy Caplan from the original 2004 film.
Janis guides Cady through her new school and introduces her to the Plastics. Together, they come up with a plan to infiltrate the Plastics and put an end to their not-so-friendly rule.
Auli’i Cravalho is widely recognized as the voice of Moana in Disney’s animated film. Besides her role in Mean Girls, she is also set to be an executive producer for the live-action reboot. Her other live-action works include The Power, Darby and the Dead, and Rise.
Christopher Briney plays Aaron Samuels
Aaron Samuels, known for the famous “What day is it?” line on October 3, will be portrayed by Christopher Briney, taking over from Jonathan Bennett in the 2004 version. Aaron is introduced as Regina’s ex-boyfriend, but Cady becomes interested in him and pursues a connection with him as the story unfolds. Christopher Briney, recognized for his roles in Daliland and The Summer I Turned Pretty, steps into this iconic character’s shoes for the 2024 Mean Girls movie.
Jaquel Spivey plays Damian Hubbard
When Janis first shows up in the story, she brings along her best friend Damian Hubbard, played by Jaquel Spivey in this movie (originally portrayed by Daniel Franzese in the first Mean Girls). Damian, a flamboyant gay character, aids Cady and Janis in their plan to get into the Plastics. However, he keeps some secrets about his motives, especially from Cady. This role in Mean Girls is an important debut for Jaquel Spivey in the world of movies.
Bebe Wood plays Gretchen Wieners
Bebe Wood takes on the role of Gretchen Wieners in Mean Girls, a character first played by Lacey Chabert in the 2004 original. Gretchen is considered the kindest member of Regina George’s Plastics group, but Regina’s influence leads her to switch between being sweet and occasionally jealous or seeking revenge, always trying to make “fetch” happen. You might recognize Bebe Wood from her performances in Love, Victor, The Real O’Neals, and The New Normal.
Avantika Vandanapu plays Karen Shetty
Avantika Vandanapu steps into Amanda Seyfried’s shoes to play Karen Shetty in the Mean Girls remake. Karen, a member of the Plastics, tends to be a bit absent-minded compared to the rest of the group. Her distinct talent lies in predicting rain, and she often shares her struggles with keeping up academically. Avantika Vandanapu is best known for her roles in Senior Year, Spin, and Diary of a Future President.
Brian Altemus plays Shane Oman
Brian Altemus takes on the role of Shane Oman, originally played by Diego Klattenhoff. Shane is a popular kid at the school in Mean Girls, known for being part of the Varsity Jocks clique. During Regina’s relationship with Aaron Samuels, she also has a secret affair with Shane, a revelation that Cady discovers and considers using to her advantage. Brian Altemus is recognized for his roles in Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, and The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Tina Fey plays Ms. Norbury
Tina Fey, in addition to being the film’s screenwriter, is one of only two actors reprising their roles from the original 2004 Mean Girls movie. She plays Ms. Norbury once again. Ms. Norbury is Cady’s math teacher, impressed by her new student’s intellect.
However, their relationship faces challenges as Ms. Norbury observes Cady diverting attention from studies to infiltrate the Plastics. Tina Fey, a comedy legend known for her work on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, is also part of recent projects like Only Murders in the Building, A Haunting in Venice, and Soul.
Tim Meadows plays Principal Duvall
Tim Meadows, a former Saturday Night Live (SNL) member like Tina Fey, returns for the Mean Girls remake. He reprises his role as Principal Duvall. Principal Duvall is in charge of North Shore High School, trying his best to manage the chaos when secrets are revealed and conflicts arise among students.
Tim Meadows is well-known for his roles in shows and movies such as The Ladies Man, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Jenna Fischer plays Mrs. Heron
Jenna Fischer, a seasoned Hollywood actor, takes on the role of Cady’s mom, Mrs. Heron, in the 2024 Mean Girls cast. Ana Gasteyer originally portrayed the character in 2004. Mrs. Heron does her best to support Cady during their move to the United States, showing love and care while also setting clear rules when necessary.
Jenna Fischer is widely recognized for her role as Pam Beesly in The Office. She has also appeared in movies like Slither, Blades of Glory, The Giant Mechanical Man, and Splitting Up Together.
Busy Philipps – Mrs. George
Busy Phillips steps into the role of Regina George’s mother in the 2024 Mean Girls remake, succeeding Amy Poehler, who was a fan favorite in 2004. Busy Phillips is known for her performances in movies like He’s Just Not That Into You and Made of Honor, as well as TV shows like CougarTown and Girls5eva.