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Rachel McAdams Is Missing From The ‘Mean Girls’ Walmart Ad & I’m Upset About It

At North Shore High School, some things never change. A new generation of Plastics are still making everyone wear pink on Wednesdays, and they also love to shop! In the first of many Black Friday commercials this season, the Mean Girls cast had a mini-reunion as they helped Walmart promote some seasonal deals. Lacey Chabert (Gretchen Wieners), Lindsay Lohan (Cady Heron), Amanda Seyfried (Karen Smith), Daniel Franzese (Damian Leigh), and Rajiv Surendra (Kevin Gnapoor) reprised their Mean Girls roles as the commercial portrayed a 2023 version of North Shore High. 

But longtime Mean Girls fans quickly realized that the queen bee herself, Regina George (played by Rachel McAdams) was nowhere to be seen. So, why wasn’t McAdams part of this commercial with her Mean Girls co-stars? According to Page Six, all of the movie’s lead actors were invited to appear in the commercial but McAdams turned down the opportunity.

Though Regina George didn’t make a cameo in the commercial, I’m still here for this nostalgic moment, and I can’t think of a more fetch way to kick off the holiday season. 

In the commercial, Lacey Chabert is now one of the plastics’ moms. She yells to the girls, “Get in losers! We’re going deal shopping!” from a sports car filled with shopping bags. One iconic detail was the car’s license plate, STRUDLGRL, which referenced a scene from Mean Girls when Damian revealed to Cady  that Gretchen’s father invented Toaster Strudel. 

The iconic “Jingle Bell Rock” performance also made a return in the commercial, with Chabert acting as the “stage mom” while filming the number and imitating the choreography from the audience — just like Amy Poehler did in the movie. 

Lindsay Lohan returned as the guidance counselor of North Shore, where she’s trying to understand Gen Z’s version of cliques. “It was so nice being back together after all these years. It was so great catching up with everyone,” Lohan shared with People magazine on Nov. 1. “We think fans are going to be super excited to see us after all these years. I know we are excited for everyone to see what we’ve all been up to,” added Franseze. 

This Walmart commercial is far from the first revival of Mean Girls in recent years. In 2018, the musical adaptation of Mean Girls hit Broadway, and a movie remake of the musical, starring Reneé Rapp will debut in theaters on Jan. 12, 2024.

Karly Ramnani is a junior at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, studying music industry, with a strong passion for art and journalism. They discovered this amazing community shortly after starting college, and are super stoked to be interning at Her Campus this semester. Karly has previously written for All Country News, The Honey Pop, Medium, Newsbreak, and their own startup music blog Playlists & Polaroids! When they're not writing blogposts and music reviews, you can find them composing and performing music, putting their nose in a rom-com book, binge watching "The Summer I Turned Pretty," or crying over Taylor Swift.