Last summer I received word that Paramount Productions had begun work on its latest motion picture, Mean Girls 2. The film was shooting in Atlanta, Georgia close to our headquarters and was the long-awaited follow-up to the 2004 hit film starring Lindsay Lohan.
When I arrived on set, I learned that I was just in time as the next day was the last day for the project. The girls had filmed for about a month in the hottest part of the year in Atlanta – which was one of the most challenging parts of the project for much of the cast. On this particular day, they were filming a soccer scene on the field at Sutton Middle School (just slightly north of Atlanta). There were air conditioned tents set up for the cast to escape the sun in between takes which is naturally where I set up camp to interview the cast as well.
While Mean Girls 2 didn’t bring back any of the original cast (minus Tim Meadows as the principle), the film did have a ton of fresh new faces including the ones I had a chance to speak with: Jennifer Stone, Meaghan Martin, Diego Gonzalez Boneta, Maiara Walsh, Nicole Gale Anderson, Claire Holt, and Patrick Johnson.
The cast all seemed to get along really well. When I asked them about their favorite moments from filming, each actor had nothing but nice things to say about their time with each other, which surprised them as much as it did me…
“Coming into this project I didn’t know how it would go. Would we all get along? Luckily, we got blessed with a really cool group of kids.” Nicole Anderson replied, “We’ve all been super tight this whole project. I think once we go back to LA, we’ll all still hang out and still be friends.”
“I think having met the girls, that’s kind of the nicest thing about it.” Claire Holt answered, “I hope we’ll stay friends after this. It’s a really great group and I’m really happy to be apart of it.”
I also asked the girls what they’re advise was for dealing with mean girls. Here’s what they had to say:
“Just have confidence in yourself, and don’t let anyone knock you down” Nicole Anderson replied, “It’s not you, it’s them. Just know who you are as a person and stick with your true friends.”
The topic of mean girls or bullies in general seems to be really relevant right now with all the stories we’ve heard in the news over the last year. Bullies sadly aren’t going anywhere. Mean Girls 2 tells a very similiar story to it’s predecessor only this film is without a Lohan. The story revolves around a new high school student, Jo, who agrees to befriend an unpopular girl named Abby at the urging of Abby’s wealthy father in exchange for paying all of Jo’s costs for the college of her dreams. Jo and Abby team up to take on the school’s mean girls, “The Plastics.” The story becomes a high stakes battle of loyalty that ultimately comes to a head when one of our heroines finds out that her friendship has been bought and paid for.
Be sure to check out my video interviews from set, and keep an eye out for the rest of the interviews which will be coming out on the same day as the DVD release (February 1st)!
– Nicole Anderson
– Claire Holt
– Meaghan Martin
– Diego Gonzalez Boneta
Your Pop Culture Junkie,