Regina George Was Actually Based On an Alec Baldwin Character
Regina George is one of the most memorable teen characters in film history, so you’d think Rachel McAdams was using some seriously bitchy real-life inspiration when acting in her role as this maniacally evil queen bee.
But in reality, her main source of inspiration for the character wasn’t a sinister real-life teen. Regina George was actually inspired by someone totally different: a real estate salesman played by Alec Baldwin.
No, I’m serious! It was in the Times. In an interview on Mean Girls‘ 10th anniversary a few years ago, Rachel said this:
“At the heart of Regina George was a really angry kid who had no boundaries or guidance. [Director Mark Waters] told me to listen to Courtney Love really loud, and to watch Alec Baldwin in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross.'”
Perhaps even more mind-blowing: Rachel McAdams was wearing a wig the whole time. Seriously, what?!
Now if you’ve never seen “Glengarry Glen Ross,” check out Alec Baldwin’s most famous speech from it below. You can kinda see the Regina George resemblance?
One thing’s for sure though: Alec Baldwin was bae back when this movie was shot in 1992. There’s a reason why in Clueless they called all the hot guys Baldwins.