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People shocked after finding out age difference between Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler in Mean Girls

Jess Hardiman

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People shocked after finding out age difference between Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler in Mean Girls

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

People have been shocked to find out the age difference between Rachel McAdams and Amy Poehler in Mean Girls, realising that the two actors were much closer in age than their on-screen mother-daughter relationship may have suggested.

The two starred in the hit 2004 rom-com as Regina George and her mother, a self-titled ‘cool mom’ who loves velour tracksuits, has casual attitude to minors drinking, dishes out free condoms and enjoys a spot of provocative dancing.

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And it turns out the actor behind the young-at-heart mum wasn’t actually that much older than her fictional daughter.

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McAdams, who is now 42, was just 25 years old when the film was released in April 2004 – meaning she obviously had a fair few years on high school queen bee Regina.

But it turns out that she wasn’t that far off the age of Poehler, who is now 51.

Rachel McAdams as Regina George. Credit: Paramount Pictures
Rachel McAdams as Regina George. Credit: Paramount Pictures

When the movie his cinemas, the actor was just 32 – yep, seven years older than the woman playing her daughter.

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After realising the surprisingly small age difference, one Twitter user recently posted: “Hold up, Amy Poehler, who plays Rachel McAdams’ mom in ‘Mean Girls,’ is only 7 years older than her in real life???? Cinema is a lie.”

They added: “Amy was 32 when the movie was filmed. That’s not even really old enough to be the mother of a 17-year-old in real life unless she has a baby at 15. Wack.”

The month before, someone else also tweeted: “Amy Poehler playing Rachel McAdams's mom in Mean Girls when they were only 7 years apart is still so funny.”

Some Twitter users were shocked when they found out. Credit: Twitter
Some Twitter users were shocked when they found out. Credit: Twitter
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Another also previously said: “I just realized Amy Poehler is only 6 years older than Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls, and nothing else matters now.”

McAdams is also seven years older than co-star Lindsay Logan, who was 17 when the classic flick was released.

Back in 2020, McAdams admitted she’d be open to reprising the now-iconic role, which is, of course, music to our ears.

A fan had asked her which of her characters she would most want to play again if she had the opportunity during a Q&A.

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"I always want to go back and do all of them again," McAdams said.

Just SEVEN years between these two! Credit: Paramount Pictures
Just SEVEN years between these two! Credit: Paramount Pictures

"You really fall in love with them. I mean, it would be fun to play Regina George later in life and see where life took her after Mean Girls."

We can see it now: an older, mum version of The Plastics leader, dressed in a pink two-piece and filming a new generation of Mean Girls at the North Shore High dance competition.

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Her girls keep her young, after all.

Topics: Mean Girls, TV And Film, Celebrity

Jess Hardiman
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