Amanda Seyfried opens up about how Mean Girls almost negatively impacted her career, revealing it nearly pigeonholed her acting choices. Seyfried starred in the 2004 teen comedy as Karen Smith, a member of the ruthless popular girl clique known as the Plastics who is the sweeter but ditsier of the group. Loosely based on Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes self-help book, Mean Girls revolves around teenager Cady Heron who transfers to a public high school after being homeschooled in Africa and learns of the chaos that comes with teenage social cliques.

Lindsay Lohan led the cast of Mean Girls as Cady alongside Rachel McAdams as Plastics leader Regina, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Directed by Mark Waters on a script from Fey, the film hit theaters in 2004 to largely positive reviews from critics for its direction, writing and performances, namely that of Lohan, and was a box office hit, grossing over $130 million against its $17 million budget. Mean Girls has since gone on to garner a passionate cult following in the years since and despite helping launch many of its stars’ careers, one nearly found herself trapped by the fame. In a recent career-spanning interview with Variety, Amanda Seyfried reflected on her time with the fan-favorite teen comedy Mean Girls. Though praising it for getting her “foot in the door,” Seyfried opened up about how the film nearly negatively impacted her career by pigeonholing her into a certain archetype.

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Mean Girls marked Seyfried’s film debut after being a series regular on As the World Turns for two years and appearing in a handful of episodes of All My Children and Veronica Mars. It’s understandable Seyfried was concerned that the film would result in her being typecast in a variety of similar roles, despite the fact the writing did attempt to offer deeper layers to the typical popular girl tropes seen in other teen comedies. Co-star Lacey Chabert would become popular in the voice acting field but eventually found herself similarly pigeonholed as she became the unofficial Queen of Hallmark Christmas movies, having starred in 27 Hallmark Channel films to date, a title she has happily embraced.

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