Mean Girls and 13 Going on 30 Turn 15!
April 2004 was a great month for movies.
The iconic Mean Girls and 13 Going on 30 were both in cinemas that month – released only a week apart.
13 Going on 30
Jennifer Garner took to Instagram during the week to celebrate the occasion with the sweetest tweet. She gave a shout out to all the fabulous women both in front of and behind the camera.
She also said, “I feel so, so lucy to have had the experience of making this joyful movie. And even luckier to be a part of something that, all of these years later, can still make people (hi, @arianagrande) smile.”
Jennifer Garner Reminisces
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Fifteen years ago today #13GoingOn30 made her debut, directed with ❤️ by our beloved Gary Winick and a clutch of loving, hardcore producers (3 brilliant women—before it was cool to be led by women!) . The movie benefitted from the performances of so many young actresses. Open and twinkly-magical then— now, 15 years later, they are ruling the world. (Hi #SixChicks—@brielarson, @ashleybenson, @christabrittany—who also played a young me in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past—and my own sweet @revjuliaroth). . I loved my day with this slumber party crew: they danced with abandon and reminded me of the power of just saying yes—to being in a group, to vulnerability, to wearing a bra over your clothes. At the last minute I tossed my adopted LA family member Maddy Sprung-Keyser into the scene. @maddsk went on to be an Academic All American swimmer at Amherst, got her law degree from NYU, and is producing podcasts for @pineapple.fm. Looking back into her adolescence—with the hair and the men not wanting to jump her bones—is extra special today. Imagine if every 13 year old girl had an opportunity to dance and feel beautiful like the girls in this film. I am proud of all of you. ❤️ . I feel so, so lucky to have had the experience of making this joyful movie. And even luckier to be part of something that, all of these years later, can still make people (hi, @arianagrande ) smile.
Mean Girls is still as big a part of our life as 13 Going On 30.
We still quote it, “On Wednesdays we wear pink” and that too was a big part of Ariana Grande’s Thank You, Next video.
Jessica Maciel joined Sarina Bellissimo on Sunday’s “We Love Movies” to look back at these fabulous films.