The teen comedy film Mean Girls, starring Lindsay Lohan in the lead role of Cady Heron, was a breakout hit in 2004, earning over $130 million on a $17 million budget.
But in the 17 years since its release, the film has seemingly seen its popularity sustain, and even grow, with a cult-like following that’s turned it into a pop-culture phenomenon.
And over the weekend Amanda Seyfried, who starred as Karen Smith, member of The Plastics, pulled on the nostalgic strings of fans and her former co-stars alike when she shared a never-before-seen photo taken behind-the-scenes in 2003.
BTS: Amanda Seyfried shared a never-before-seen photo of some of the stars of Mean Girls; the throwback features Lizzy Caplan, Seyfried, Daniel Franzese, Lacey Chabert, Lindsay Lohan and Jonathan Bennett
Along with Seyfried, the photo included Lohan, Lacey Chabert, Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Franzese and Lizzy Caplan.
The now 35-year–old actress captioned her post, ‘#FBF weekends in 2003, baby.’
It didn’t take long before nearly everyone in the photo chimed in to share a comment or a memory from their experience working on the movie, which was written by Tina Fey.
While commenting herself, Seyfried revealed the photo was taken at a restaurant.
Blast from the pst: Seyfried, who starred as Karen Smith, member of The Plastics, revealed the throwback photo was taken in a restaurant in Toronto during a break from shooting in 2003
Franzese, who played the flamboyant Damian Leigh, Janis and Cady’s best friend, wrote, ‘You look just as young and beautiful still,’ before reposting it on his own Instagram page.
‘It’s almost like we really went to high school together at this point. #fbf Via the timeless @mingey,’ the 43-year-old wrote in the caption of the repost.
Chabert, 38, who played Gretchen Wieners, also felt compelled to jump into the mix, commenting on Seyfried ‘s post, ‘Wow. So many good memories!’
When she reposted it she added, ‘I just had to repost this from @mingey Brought back so many good memories. #2003 #meangirls #toronto #memories.’
Lohan showed similar enthusiasm, adding, ‘Such a fun time! A great team!’ in the comments section.
Walk down memory lane: ‘Such a fun time! A great team!’ Lohan commented; Lohan is pictured in a scene with Seyfried and Lacey Chabert
‘We are babies,’ Bennett chimed in, along with a couple of hand clap emojis. He portrayed Aaron Samuels, Regina’s ex-boyfriend, and Cady’s love interest in the Mark Waters directed film.
Celebrities were among the fans who also jumped into the online conversations, including Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson who wrote, ‘Wow this is next level.’
More celebrity fans jumped into the conversation to share their thoughts about the throwback, as well as the mini-reunion happening in the comments, with Jesse Tyler Ferguson writing, “Wow this is next level.”
Game Of Thrones actress Sophie Turner simply shared, ‘Iconique,’ while Young & Hungry actor Jonathan Sadowski seemed sum up what many fans wrote, by commenting, ‘WOOOOOOOOOW!’
The Plastics: Chabert, who played Gretchen Wieners, commenting on Seyfried ‘s post, writing, ‘Wow. So many good memories!’; Chabert is pictured on the far right in a scene with Lohan, Seyfried, and Rachel McAdams
Mean Girls also starred Rachel McAdams, Rajiv Surendra, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Neil Flynn, Daniel DeSanto, Diego Klattenhoff, Alisha Morrison, Julia Chantrey, Dwayne Hill, Jonathan Malen and Nicole Crimi.
Fey based the story on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 non-fiction self-help book, Queen Bees And Wannabes, which describes female high school social cliques and the damaging effects they can have on girls. The Saturday Night Live alum also drew inspiration from her own experience going to high school in Pennsylvania.
Although set in the Chicago suburb of Evanstan, Illinois, filming took place mostly in Toronto, Canada and Montclair, New Jersey from September to November 2003.
Over the years, fans have made GIFs and memes of the film and posted them on social media.
October 3 has even been dubbed ‘Mean Girls Day’ on social media, in reference to a memorable scene in the film where Aaron Samuels (Bennett), the popular guy in high school, asks Cady Heron (Lohan) what day it is.
‘I began talking to Aaron more and more. On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was,’ she says in a voiceover before telling him directly, ‘It’s October 3rd.’
Along with its hilarious screenplay, Mean Girls’ success has also been attributed to the relatable script that’s considered one of the most quotable movies of all time.
Chiming in: Jonathan Bennett commented, ‘We are babies,’ along with a couple of hand clap emojis, while Daniel Franzese wrote, ‘It’s almost like we really went to high school together at this point,’ when he reposted the pic on his instagram page