Mean Girls star Amanda Seyfried says she was grossed out by the response to her weather report scene. Rising to pop culture fame in the early 2000s, Mean Girls told the story of a transfer student who decides to infiltrate and sabotage the clique of popular girls at her new high school, known as the Plastics. Penned by comedian Tina Fey and helmed by Freaky Friday director Mark Waters, the film stormed to box office success, raking in around $130 million from a budget of $17 million.
Starring Lindsay Lohan as the misguided protagonist Cady Heron, the Plastics were comprised of Rachel McAdams as their infamous leader Regina George, Lacey Chabert as Gretchen Wieners, and Seyfried as Karen Smith. The somewhat clueless but loveable member of the collectively toxic group, Karen became well-loved by fans for her unexpected one-liners. Perhaps her most well-known scene occurred after being branded “stupid” by her so-called friend Regina. Attempting to comfort her, Cady encourages her to share some of her talents, to which Karen replies that, other than the ability to put her whole first in her mouth, her breasts could predict when it was about to rain. “Well,” she quickly amended. “They can tell when it’s raining.” Later, after becoming the school’s weather reporter, Karen appears to reference her breasts before predicting that there was a 30% chance it was already raining.
Now, in an interview with Marie Claire, Seyfried revealed how she felt about the old scene. Stating that she continues to be recognized for her role in Mean Girls 18 years later, Seyfried lamented that it was often for her weather scene. “I always felt really grossed out by that,” she admits. “I was 18 years old. It was just gross.”
Seyfried’s experience echoes that of fellow teen stars such as Millie Bobbie Brown (Stranger Things), who recently derided the sexualization of young female actresses. Describing growing up in the spotlight as “overwhelming,” Brown said there was a notable, “gross” difference in the way she was treated in the public eye since turning 18. Elsewhere, Nickelodeon star Cole Sprouse also recently branded the experience of his female co-stars as “unique” and incomparable to his own due to their heavy sexualization on-screen and by fans.
The revelation of Seyfried’s treatment following her performance in Mean Girls further highlights a disheartening trend of objectification toward young actresses. Arguably made popular for its parody of high school culture and gender stereotypes, it seems particularly cruel that one of the film’s stars should fall prey to such public objectification. Still, as more former teen stars begin to speak out about their sometimes disturbing experiences in the spotlight, we can only hope that Hollywood and society as a whole moves to further protect young people from similar experiences.
Source: Marie Claire
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