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Eight years ago yesterday, the world was graced with the teen classic-in-the-making "Mean Girls," launching the careers of the iconic Tina Fey and the Canadian sweetheart Rachel McAdams.
Of course, in the movie, McAdams was anything but sweet. Her scheming, vengeful character Regina George gave "Mean Girls" its title, and she waged social war in high school against the sweet, innocent heroine Kady -- played by Lindsay Lohan. Oh, how the times have changed.
In the years since "Mean Girls," McAdams has stolen hearts around the world with romantic roles in "The Notebook," "Wedding Crashers," and "The Time Traveler's Wife" (while still kicking butt in thrillers such as "Red Eye" and "Sherlock Holmes"). Her dimples scream "girl next door" -- and she really is the girl next door to some Toronto residents.
Being romantically linked to Ryan Gosling and Michael Sheen doesn't hurt your likability, either. And with wedding rumours swirling around McAdams and Sheen, McAdams appears destined to be the queen bee of the celebrity world, albeit one who rules with kindness instead of malice. Who would have expected it from Regina George?
McAdams and Lohan in "Mean Girls" in 2004. (Paramount Pictures)
And then there's Lohan, whose career hasn't quite delivered the promising future of her "Mean Girls" heroine, Kady. Lohan has faced plenty of trouble and trauma since "Mean Girls." Her films over the past eight years haven't made much of a lasting impact (unless you count the eight Razzie wins for "I Know Who Killed Me"), and Lohan has instead made headlines for her partying and run-ins with the law. Rehab, court dates, rocky relationships, Playboy Magazine, loud and public feuds, and terrorizing film and TV sets -- they sound nothing like the naive, awkward Kady we saw in "Mean Girls."
Usually, the saying goes "life imitates art" -- but this time, life does almost the exact opposite. What would Glen Coco say?
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