Mean Girls director Mark Waters has had an affinity for actress and comedian Amy Poehler since her early days on Saturday Night Live. So, when she was recommended to join the cast, he was nothing short of thrilled. “When Tina said, ‘Amy would be really good for this if you’re interested,’ I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Let’s f**king get Amy!'” detailed Waters in an interview with Vulture.
Yet, according to Waters, Paramount Pictures, the film company that produced Mean Girls the movie, was unsure about casting Poehler in the film. “They’d been burned on some Saturday Night Live movies … so they didn’t want many Saturday Night Live actors in Mean Girls, because then it might feel like an SNL movie and people might shy away from it,” said Waters.
Fortunately, his reasoning with the studio proved to be a success. Poehler was cast as Mrs. George, the wildly inappropriate yet somewhat charming mother of Regina George — despite, in real life, being only seven years older than Rachel McAdams, the actress cast as Regina.