The recent Walmart Black Friday advertisement brought a wave of nostalgia as it reunited key cast members from the iconic film Mean Girls. Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Daniel Franzese, and Rajiv Surendra reprised their roles, delighting fans worldwide. However, the absence of Rachel McAdams, who played the quintessential ‘mean girl’ Regina George, was keenly felt. Her decision not to participate sparked curiosity and disappointment among fans, leading to various speculations.
In a candid interview with Variety, Rachel McAdams provided insight into her decision to turn down the reunion commercial. Contrary to some fans’ disappointment, her reason was not rooted in disdain for commercials or disinterest in reuniting with her former castmates. Instead, McAdams expressed a preference for participating in a full-fledged movie over a commercial. She stated, “I don’t know; I guess I wasn’t that excited about doing a commercial if I’m being totally honest. A movie sounded awesome, but I’ve never done commercials, and it just didn’t feel like my bag.” This revelation highlights her dedication to her craft and her desire to engage in projects that resonate with her artistic sensibilities.
Moreover, McAdams revealed that she was unaware of the other cast members’ participation in the commercial. This lack of information might have influenced her decision, as the prospect of reuniting with the entire group could have presented a different appeal. Despite this, she affirmed her willingness to be part of a Mean Girls reunion and reminisce with her fellow ‘Plastics,’ indicating that her decision was not a reflection of her relationship with the cast or the film.
The interview also touched upon McAdams’ potential involvement in the upcoming Mean Girls movie, where she and Tina Fey explored ways for her to make an appearance. Despite their creative brainstorming, they couldn’t find a suitable way to incorporate her into the new narrative. McAdams expressed her enthusiasm for whatever direction the film takes and her eagerness to see the final product.
Rachel McAdams’ absence from the Mean Girls reunion commercial was a missed opportunity for a full cast reunion that many fans had hoped for. However, her reasons reflect a thoughtful and deliberate approach to her career choices. While fans may have missed seeing her as Regina George once more, her openness to future reunions and projects within the Mean Girls universe offers a glimmer of hope.