Lawyer Of Bryan Singer’s Accuser: More ‘Hollywood Insiders’ Will Be Named In Sex Abuse Suits

The lawyer representing Michael F. Egan III, who has accused "X-Men" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was underage, told HuffPost Live on Friday that more recognizable Hollywood figures involved in sexually assaulting young men will be named next week.

"There's more Hollywood names. These are other men who Mike alleges were part of these pool parties in California and then also flew to the parties in Hawaii, where they sexually abused Mike. They're Hollywood insiders," said attorney Jeffrey Herman.

Herman told host Ricky Camilleri that he and his client have not yet named all parties involved because they need to take "certain procedural steps" before filing additional lawsuits in Hawaii. Herman expects the new names will be made public Monday, though he said under Hawaiian law he has until Thursday to file suit against the other "sexual predators."

AN 'ORGANIZED AND ONGOING OPEN SECRET'




Since Egan's lawsuit became public this week, Herman said he has been amazed by what he's discovered about the widespread nature of sex abuse in Hollywood and the unspoken knowledge of such conduct.

"I've seen a lot of things -- [defending victims of sexual abuse] is all that I do -- but I don't know that I've ever seen a more organized and ongoing open secret," he said. "I'm getting regular contacts from people saying, 'Oh, you should hear what's happening over here.'"

Herman added that he's been told about numerous "vile" rings of sexual predation, some of which overlap. But "the commonality of this is they're all men in Hollywood, all men using their positions of power and influence to sexually exploit children," he said.

'I'M NOT GOING TO BE BULLIED'




Singer's attorney has shot back against Egan, Herman and their allegations, declaring on Friday that receipts, telephone records and production schedules can prove Singer was not in Hawaii at the time Egan claims he was assaulted. Singer's lawyer also vowed to file a countersuit for "malicious prosecution."

Herman said he plans to move forward with Egan's suit no matter what Singer's representatives say.

"I'm not going to be bullied, I'm not going to be intimidated by someone threatening to do something to me because I'm representing a victim," he said. "I am the voice of these victims who have been silenced."

Click here to watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with attorney Jeffrey Herman.
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Rumors That Beyonce And Jay Z Will Tour Together Give Us Hope For Summer

Jay Z and Beyonce might go on the run this summer. According to Page Six, the pop superstars -- and husband and wife -- could launch a stadium tour together. Though the claims are supported by anonymous sources, the report states that the couple will announce a 20-stadium U.S. tour to start in late June, and that they might perform in New York City on July 4.

Technically, this is feasible. Jay Z finished his 52-date tour in January and Bey closed out the Mrs. Carter Show tour in March. If the king and queen of hip-hop -- nay, all music -- go on tour together, all online ticketing sites would crash, New York's horrific summer weather predictions would be negated and maybe Solange could be the opening act. (Hey, we can dream.)

HuffPost Entertainment contacted reps for Beyonce and Jay Z, but did not receive immediate response. This article will be updated if and when the tour rumors are confirmed or denied.

[via Page Six]
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AC/DC Retirement Rumors Swirl Around Malcolm Young’s Health

AC/DC may call it quits, according to new rumors that surfaced after an Australian radio station reported the band would go into retirement. A person identifying themselves as "Thuderstruck" wrote an anonymous email to Perth radio station 6PR and stated that one of the band's members was "quite ill" and that "AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band."

This isn't the first time news of an ill AC/DC member has made the rounds. Singer Brian Johnson confirmed that someone in the band was sick back in February. He told a Florida radio station that they hadn't set any plans in stone. "One of our boys was pretty ill, so we didn't like to say anything, and we're very private about things like this, so we didn't want to say anything."

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, among other reports, guitarist and songwriter Malcolm Young is the sick band member. "He is believed to be unable to continue playing, although there has not been any explanation why," the Morning Herald report noted. Aussie entertainment commentator Peter Ford, meanwhile, fueled the fire when he said that "we may not hear them perform or record ever again” on radio station 3AW.

Despite all these rumors, AC/DC is still booked for six weeks in a Vancouver recording studio starting on May 1.

AC/DC has yet to make an official statement confirming or denying the claims. HuffPost Entertainment contacted the band's representatives to comment on this story. Our post will be updated if and when they respond.
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Benedict Cumberbatch Apparently Told A Crowd Of Fans He Isn’t In ‘Star Wars’

Cross him off, then. According to reports from Australian entertainment news site The Iris, Benedict Cumberbatch told an Oz Comic Con crowd that he was not going to star in "Star Wars: Episode VII."




HuffPost Entertainment contacted Cumberbatch's representatives to confirm that the actor did indeed make this statement during his appearance. This post will be updated if and when they respond.

Cumberbatch was first rumored for "Star Wars" in September of 2013. At the time, the actor's reps shot down the report, but Cumberbatch did allude to the fact that appearing in the J.J. Abrams film was something he was interested in doing.

"I worked with J.J. [Abrams]. Obviously, he knows," Cumberbatch to THR. "Everyone who wants to be part of that film, they know about."

In December, Cumberbatch told Conan O'Brien that he was calling Abrams and leaving him messages about starring in "Episode VII."

"I would leave casual messages on his phone as a light saber," Cumberbatch said.

"Star Wars: Episode VII" is out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.

[via Indiewire/The Playlist]
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9 Lessons We Can Learn From The Longest-Lasting Celebrity Couples

With news of Hollywood breakups coming almost every day, our faith in marriage, soul mates, and everlasting love can get a bit shaky at times. Cheating, the pressures of work, and "irreconcilable differences" seem to be the main culprits that are bursting the bubble that is happily-ever-after. And no, it's not just quickie, Kardashian-style marriages that are going kaput.

Just recently Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and actress Gwyneth Paltrow called it quits after 11 years of marriage. Childhood sweethearts Paula Patton and singer Robin Thicke split in February after nearly nine years of marriage, and around a decade of dating. That's an eternity in Hollywood years.

But still, even with the media glare, many celebrities are making it work. Dozens of celebrity marriages have lasted decades or more and are still going strong. Here's what these couples are doing to beat the odds in the land of imminent divorce.

1. Always remind yourself how lucky you are to have your spouse.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and are undeniably Hollywood's most famous long-term couple. “I got lucky," Hanks told Extra late last year. "No secrets, it’s about winning the lottery. She could’ve done better, but man oh man, I’m no dope. I’m sticking with her.” In fact, the only problem in their marriage is a pretty good one, according to Hanks. "The only thing we ever argue about is who loves each other more," he said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Aww!

2. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
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With a couple wins under her belt, Meryl Streep has somehow avoided the "Oscar curse" that has befallen so many other winners in their love lives. Streep has been married over 35 years to sculptor Don Gummer.

"You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things," Streep said in an interview with New Zealand Women's Weekly. "You have to listen to your partner’s problems, suggestions and advice, and accept that you’re not always right. Conversation is the key to a successful marriage."

3. Keep having sex. Lots of it.
Lisa Rinna isn't one to shy away from talking about marriage... or sex. She co-authored "The Big, Fun, Sexy Sexy Book" on having a great sex life at any age and getting the sizzle back in your relationship.

The star has been married to actor Harry Hamlin for 16 years and has been with him for a total of 20. "That's like 150 years together in Hollywood math," she told Know More TV.

Rinna credits a healthy sex life for her happy marriage. "I just know how important it is in keeping a marriage going. Without it, you're roommates, you don't value each other, and boom -- someone's going to have an affair and get divorced," Rinna told CNN. "It's not easy being married; it's hard after 20 years! If you don't have sex you just want to walk away half the time, so you really need to make the effort."

4. Don't stop getting to know one another.
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Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon are a Hollywood anomaly after celebrating 25 years of marriage. It's a long time, but they've made sure not to let complacency set in.

"We've been married for so long and there are no secrets. But I never in a million years thought there would be sides to Kevin that I'm still learning," Sedgwick told Redbook. "I'm constantly amazed that we are still surprised and interested in each other. When I look back at our first four years... by that time we'd had our second kid, and I look back at those pictures and I think, Gosh, I didn't know him at all! I loved him, but I didn't know him, and he probably didn't know me. But you grow together and learn more about each other."

5. There's no need to flaunt your relationship to be happy.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have been married over 15 years, but despite their high-profile careers, you'll rarely see them posing on the red carpet together. The couple is known for staying tight-lipped and private when it comes to their marriage, but it's clearly working for them.

"People have asked me about my marriage, 'How do you make it work, and I say, 'We don't talk about it.' That's not really true. It's sort of a nasty response," Parker told Harper's Bazaar. "Matthew and I come from a different time and place. When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors... nobody talked about being a celebrity. So when our marriage came up in conversation, it wouldn't occur to us that we were obligated to respond to allegations or gossip. You have to be a bit circumspect, but you also have to take up a position, and you have to stick to it."

6. Understand that marriage has peaks and valleys.
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Marriage hasn't always been a cakewalk for Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. They've been together just shy of 20 years and have withstood Griffith's addiction troubles and divorce rumors.

"The secret is that we had failures before. And love at the beginning is a rush. It's big, full of energy, beautiful. But it doesn't last like that. Melanie and I talked about that a lot," Banderas told AARP. "That thing at the beginning disappeared, but it became something better. We discovered the value and warmth of family, and what is home — that we can be stronger together. That thing that you thought was gone comes back again, and you fall in love again. Even in crisis, we have been patient enough to detect that at the end of the tunnel was a light."

7. Embrace your differences.
They're probably one of Hollywood's happiest un-married couples, but Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's relationship has stood the test of time, after 30 years together. Hawn is known to be a free-spirit and their laid back approach seems to be the recipe for success.

"Relationships are always challenging because you're living with someone and two people are very different but it really is about, 'What are your core values? What are the things that matter to you?'" Hawn told talk show host Jonathan Ross. ''Kurt's quite different in many ways to what I am, and vice versa, but we want the same things out of life and so it's been an incredible ride with him."

8. Be passionate -- about each other and about what you do.
ali hewson bonoRelationships can be consuming and overwhelming, and you sometimes lose sight of who you were and what you wanted before you met your significant other. But it's that sense of self and independence that can make your marriage stronger. Just ask Ali Hewson, who's married to U2 frontman Bono. Rather than dropping everything to be a rocker's wife, Hewson has been involved with various causes and even launched her own fashion line Edun, in 2005.

"Our marriage has worked because we like each other, because we talk to each other, and we are passionate about what we do. We allow each other to pursue our goals," Hewson told The Guardian. "I wouldn't want to be married to someone who wasn't happy with what they were doing in life, and B wouldn't either. I have learned a lot about what it means to be married, how great it can be if you persevere. We're very close."

9. Learn from each other.
It can't be easy being married to the most famous and powerful man in the world. But while President Barack Obama is busy leading the country, he and his wife both lead by example in their marriage.

"'Patience and calm I’m borrowing. Or trying to mirror," Michelle said in an interview with Vogue. I’ve learned that from my husband, that sort of, you know, ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road . . . to do more breathing in and just going with it. I’m learning that every day... So I’ve learned to let go and enjoy it and take it in and not take things too personally.”

Barack added, "And what Michelle has done is to remind me every day of the virtues of order... Being on time. Hanging up your clothes. Being intentional about planning time with your kids... I think what we’ve learned from each other is that sense of..." "Balance," Michelle said.




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Kathy Griffin Gets Real About Sexism In Comedy

Kathy Griffin has won two Emmys and one Grammy for her biting brand of comedy, but even a shelf full of awards hasn't saved her from sexism.

During a conversation with HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker about her upcoming tour dates, Griffin responded to a fan question about Jenny Collier, a female comedian who was recently dropped from a show in the UK that had "too many women." Griffin said something similar has happened to her many times.

"There have been times I've actually been turned down for a charity gig where I'm showing up for free, and they'll be like, 'Oh, we already have the girl,'" she said.

Even senior executives have patronized Griffin during meetings, she added.

"I had a meeting about two weeks ago where a male executive said to me, 'We've got our female slot filled. I'm so sorry we didn't contact you sooner.' And I went, 'Oh, well as long as that one slot is filled, because you know only 1 percent of the population is female, so you're covered,'" Griffin said.

See the full HuffPost Live conversation with Kathy Griffin below.

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Police Call Kathy Griffin Over Death Threats From Demi Lovato Fans

Kathy Griffin says that police got involved after she was flooded with death threats from Demi Lovato fans.

It all started when the comedian took part in a Twitter AMA last month. One participant asked her who was the "biggest douche" celebrity she ever met, to which she responded: "Probably Debbie Lovato Plus she should calm the f down bout Lady Gaga gettin barfed on [all sic]."

After calling the pop star by the wrong name and dissing her take on Gaga's controversial vomit performance (which she said glamorized eating disorders), Griffin was met with an onslaught of anger from hardcore Lovato fans, otherwise known as "Lovatics." Some said they would kill her; others told her to commit suicide.

On Tuesday, April 8, Griffin spoke with Howard Stern about the incident. She explained that she was conducting her Twitter AMA using Siri on her iPhone, which resulted in the misspellings. When Stern asked why she got a "douche-vibe" from Lovato, Griffin said she has seen the former Disney actress backstage a few times and once she got in the way of her selfie.

She also revealed the Lovatic threats set off a red flag for law enforcement.

"[The police] actually contacted me," the 53-year-old said, "because at that point it goes beyond just Twitter hate. It's actual, like, legit ... I have no problem with Demi Lovato -- or Debbie, as I like to call her, as Siri calls her -- but it doesn't mean she's out of the act if she does something crazy or wacky."

"There's no death threats coming from me ever," she added. "So, whatever I say about a celebrity, "douchey" is about as bad as it gets."

For her part, Lovato did tell her fans to "chill" with the hate messages and cyber-bullying.
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Alec Baldwin Spars With Former Romney Aide On Twitter

Alec Baldwin and Garrett Jackson, Mitt Romney's former personal aide, got into a sparring match on Twitter on Wednesday after Baldwin tweeted praise for the upcoming documentary "Above All Else," about the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Texas.







Following Jackson's dig, Baldwin went on the offensive in a series of tweets that the actor has since deleted. Jackson posted many of them on his own feed, with particular attention paid to the comments Baldwin made about Jackson being on his knees in his Twitter photo.






















HuffPost Entertainment contacted representatives for Baldwin, who had no comment on the matter. Baldwin didn't make direct comment on the Jackson tweets on his feed, but he did post the following:




Baldwin also took a swipe at ABC News, which reported his battle with Jackson.




Last year, Baldwin apologized to GLAAD after posting a string of tweets, including some with homophobic language, that were directed at a reporter for the Daily Mail.
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Rodrigo Santoro Opens Up About The Price He Pays To Work In Hollywood (VIDEO)

Rodrigo Santoro ("300," "Lost," "Love Actually") lends his voice to the quirky and lovable Tulio in "Rio 2," a film the star says is close to his heart because of what it means to his country.

The sequel to 2011's "Rio" gets wild as Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their kids venture into the heart of the Amazon jungle and face some fearsome adversaries with the help of old and new colorful friends. The star-studded cast includes Latinos like Santoro, the legendary Rita Moreno, Andy García, Bruno Mars and more.

Santoro sat down with HuffPost to discuss the new animated feature, directed by Carlos Saldanha, and opened up about the price he's had to pay to work in Hollywood.

How does it feel to be a part of a successful movie franchise like Rio?

I feel very good, it was a great pleasure to make the first movie and now this one too. I love the character, the concept of the movie, I love working with my voice ... It was a challenge, something very different. I'm very happy and it's very important to me because my country, Brazil, is living a very important moment in its history. There are a lot of things happening over there, other than the World Cup [laughs]. And this is a movie about Brazil. The first one referred to Rio [de Janeiro] a lot and this one is about Rio but also the Amazon rain forest and the country as a whole, it deals with very specific and important issues.

As a Brazilian citizen, how do you feel about the world setting their sights on your country?

That's what's happening. Some time ago the world began to pay attention to what was happening in Brazil ... It's a very delicate moment for the country, an important moment, and I hope it's a moment that will bring change and many good things to the country.

How does Hollywood treat a Brazilian actor?

They've treated me well, they've treated me very well. I started working outside of Brazil 12 years ago, I think, and it's been a journey with a lot of hard work [and] sweat, but also a pleasant experience. I've met a lot of interesting people, I've worked with many incredible people, I've had a lot of fun, and it hasn't been easy but it's an enriching process ... It's made me grow as an actor, as a man, as a human being.

What has been the most difficult part of working in Hollywood?

The distance, being far away from your home, from your family, that's not easy. There are times when you say "Wow, what a fight, what a battle." But it's my job, and I love what I do. I am very fortunate, very grateful for everything that has happened to me, everything I've done, all the opportunities, so I'm very happy. There's a price for everything, but I'm always in contact with my family and I'm always going to Rio [and] Brazil, which is my home. I'm always going back, but it's not easy.

Was it worth it?

It still is. It's a daily task and I don't think I've arrived at a [final] point, I'm still walking. It's a journey, a path that I'm following until I can't anymore -- it goes right, left, up, down but stays strong.

"Rio 2" arrives in theaters on Friday, April 11.
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Catching Up With The People Who Made ‘Mean Girls’ Your Favorite Movie, 10 Years Later

On Wednesdays we wear pink and write about "Mean Girls." Released 10 years ago this month (on April 30, 2004), "Mean Girls" has never been far from the cultural conversation. Netflix just added the high school classic to Instant Watch. In March, writer and co-star Tina Fey teased the idea of some kind of "Mean Girls" reunion. One month before that, star Lindsay Lohan alluded to a homecoming as well. Even the film’s supporting characters are well cataloged: This year, BuzzFeed reminded us that Kevin G. (Rajiv Surendra) grew up handsome, while Entertainment Weekly rounded up Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) and Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert). But what about the people who really made "Mean Girls" our favorite movie? Not Fey, Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried, but Coach Carr, Trang Pak, Amber D’Alessio and the girl who doesn’t even go here? To celebrate 10 years of “Mean Girls,” HuffPost Entertainment tracked down the film’s key background players to find out what they remember about making the high school classic.

Dwayne Hill as Coach Carr

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Do you get recognized for "Mean Girls"? I don't look the same anymore. I've kind of got a beard. I look like an upscale hobo as opposed to a predatory authority figure. When people find out I'm in "Mean Girls," their jaws just drop. [...] I remember the first time people walked up to me who were fans. I used to work in a big production studio in Toronto. My office was in there. These two guys used to convert one of the studios into a rave party at night. They were club owners. They walked up to me and went, "You were in 'Mean Girls.'" I was like, "You've seen 'Mean Girls'? You two giant grown men love 'Mean Girls'?"

Did you think "Mean Girls" would be such a cultural phenomenon? I don't think anybody did. Mark Waters was, I think, a hot director at the time, so he had some buzz about him. Tina Fey was just the news anchor on "Saturday Night Live" who wrote jokes about George Bush being stupid. It was light fluff, but this was a movie that deals with really serious topics. You don't even realize that until the end. You're like, "Oh my God, did we ever take a journey!" [...] It's so universally loved. It speaks to everybody. That's Mark Waters and Tina Fey. Mark did "House of Yes," and Tina Fey is so in touch with her humility and honesty that everyone just relates to her voice.

When was the last time you saw someone from "Mean Girls"? You know what's funny? I did a sketch on "Late Night With David Letterman" last fall, which, of course, was a check off the bucket list. But Tina Fey was the guest. I didn't have the chance to say hi to her, but I thought it was so funny. Ten years later, she's now golden, because she deserves to be golden, because she's the hardest working woman in show business.

Clare Preuss as Caroline Krafft

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How did you get involved with “Mean Girls”? I have an agent, so I got an audition, and he was like, "I think for this part, you should Method act and go in looking as much like that person as possible." I didn't wash my hair for a couple of days and just got into the world of Caroline Krafft and went in there as Caroline.

What do you remember about being on set? Tina is in that scene, but she's in the audience. She was kind of chill in that scene. Tina and I got along because she felt like I looked a lot like she did in high school. Lindsay was lovely, too. Mark and I played a lot, though. Over the two days of shooting, I started channeling Molly Shannon's Mary-Catherine Gallagher character [from "SNL"]. We were playing a lot. It was really good.

What was it like getting into character? It was the only time in my life I've ever had an eyebrow fitting and an eyebrow prosthetic. I have moles on my face, but they made one of them a lot bigger -- like a boil or worse. Shooting was almost a month after the audition. They asked me to grow in my mustache and then put a bunch of mascara on my mustache. I felt like quite the beauty queen coming out of that makeup trailer.

Do you get recognized for "Mean Girls"? I have absolutely been recognized been many times for Caroline Krafft. Not by people I know. People I know have watched the movie, known I was in the movie, and [then don't recognize me]. [...] Mark was super personable and awesome with the actors and really integrated. So when I got to the wrap party, I was like, "Hey, Mark!" He looked at me like he didn't know who I was. I was like, "Okay, I realize I didn't play a huge part or anything, but we had a good camaraderie." So I go, "Oh, I'm Caroline Krafft." He was super shocked. He had never seen me out of Caroline Krafft land. He dragged me over to Lorne Michaels, and was like, "This is Caroline Krafft!" Lorne has seen a thousand people dressed up for "SNL," so in very famous Lorne fashion, he was like, "Oh, nice to meet you." Mark was like, "I can't believe it!" It was fun to shock him.

Julia Chantrey as Amber D'Alessio

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Amber was originally supposed to have masturbated with a hot dog, not made out with one. Did you know that line was going to change? No. I don't know why we didn't know it was going to change, though, because Lindsay was such a key factor in terms of her market. I don't know why it wasn't anticipated that the word wasn't going to go with the PG-13 rating.

Is that your most enduring memory from the set? I remember clearly shooting that, but my biggest memory was going into ADR to try and fix it. I was working overnight, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., at Tim Hortons. It was my "day job," but it was an overnight job, so whenever I had to audition for anything during the day, it was like getting up in the middle of the night. I can remember dragging myself out of bed, probably on more than one occasion, and going to the studio to try and get rid of the masturbate word. There was the bleachers scene with Tim Meadows chastising the girls for the eruption in the hall. I'm still physically there, but there was an exchange between my character and Tina's character that had to be cut because they couldn't dub the masturbate line. Mark, the director, was in L.A. at that point. They were telecasting him in and playing with every word that could possibly resemble masturbate. They couldn't get it.

Did you think "Mean Girls" was going to be such a cultural phenomenon? When I think back about it now, I remember how I almost did not audition because when I got the sides, all I saw was something about masturbation and a hot dog. I was like, "I don't even want to get up for this." I remember thinking that it was like porn. But I went, and it was only after I had been cast that I got the full script. As soon as I saw Tina's name on it I was like, "Ohhhh. Okay. Good thing we booked that one."

When did you realize the impact "Mean Girls" had on pop culture? It was a few years. I remember knowing the script was really good. I loved Tina's sense of humor. I recognized the intellectual dry commentary on the teenage hierarchy. The set was really fun, but you can be on a lot of fun sets and it doesn't mean the end product is going to be fun at all. So it was probably a few years later. Facebook was coming out at that time, and it was only when Facebook had been established for a few years that I started getting contacted by people who had hunted me down through Facebook. My coverage wasn't that elaborate, so for people to recognize me on the street or through social media just by that one line made me realize how many people must have been seeing this.

When was the last time you saw someone from "Mean Girls"? Just a few weeks ago. I was at a theater and I ran into the girl who played Dawn. The tampon girl I run into all the time -- the girl with the huge vagina line. I run into them in Toronto quite a bit.

Jill Morrison as Crying Girl

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What's your most enduring memory from the set? Meeting Tina Fey and working with her was amazing and surreal. I have always been inspired by the characters on "SNL," and thought she was hilarious. I walked into the large gymnasium where it was filmed and it was quite a sight, and Mark Waters walked up to me right away and was so friendly, and introduced me to Tina. It was a dream!

Do people recognize you from the movie? "Mean Girls" is amazing for the ability to capture generations, so my fans start fairly young and go to much older with "she doesn’t even go here" love. The other night after the live taping of the hilarious sitcom I work on, "Package Deal," "Mean Girls" fans approached me. It happens every day, on sets or in social situations, when people find out. But I am generally not approached about it on the street. I mostly enjoy the tweens though; they are pretty cute about it. But it's pretty constant and it’s been a really neat, exciting experience.

Did you think "Mean Girls" would be such a cultural phenomenon? The movie was my first gig, and I was already pretty overwhelmed by that. I thought Mark's direction was brilliant, and the way he worked with me was incredible and challenging. I knew the script was really funny and smart, and I could see the acting was good. But the reaction to it took me years to get used to. I sometimes could not believe the "she doesn’t even go here" craze. The attention for it has also really helped my career, and I will always be thankful for that. I once had a fan send me a t-shirt with a picture of a cake she had made with a rainbow on it. I think Crying Girl would have gobbled that up.

What do you remember about the wrap party? I have great memories about the wrap party. I hung out with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and it was pretty cool. I remember being nervous, but standing at the bar and watching Amy dance and loving the situation because she was being so entertaining, and it made me feel like I had front row tickets to "SNL." They were both so nice, it was a lovely experience and I really admire both those women very much.

Have you seen anyone from the film in recent years? I have not seen anyone from the film, which now when I go to answer this question makes me hope that changes! But it's awesome to watch the cast’s careers develop and grow.

Jeff Moser As Farting Guy

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What’s your most enduring memory from the set? Because I was the farting guy, the crew, as a prank, put a fart machine underneath the chair I was sitting on. That was pretty comical. I remember chatting with Lizzy Caplan and some of the cast in between the shots and set-ups. Also, I actually had somebody back into my car on the first day. I was late due to an accident, but I had a great time.

What was it like the first time you watched "Mean Girls"? My family was there, and, of course, my dad was like, "Hey, everyone, do you want to meet the farting guy?" "Thanks a lot, dad!" It was a lot of fun.

Do you still get recognized? I still get the odd person that will look and go, "Were you in 'Mean Girls'?" "Yeah, I was the farting guy!" [laughs] I've had some fun with that over the years.

Olympia Lukis as Jessica Lopez

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Do you get recognized for "Mean Girls"? The craziest time was when I was at a club in Toronto and these guys came up to me and were like, "Um, sorry to bother you, but were you in 'Mean Girls'?" And at this point, I'd cut my hair and looked totally different, and I looked at these kids like, is this a joke? Am I on “Candid Camera”? Are you serious? And they’re like, "We recognize your voice, so we just had to come and ask you. We watched that movie every single day for a whole year, and we were obsessed." These kids recognized my voice! We're in a club, loud music, and these kids totally knew me. I do definitely get some people who say I look familiar, but once I tell them or once they figure it out, they're like, "Yeah, totally!"

Did you think "Mean Girls" would be such a cultural phenomenon? Never in a million years did I think it would be such a pop culture phenomenon. I remember reading the script when it came to my door. I was 20 or 21 when I made that movie, and I was just so excited. Oh, Tina Fey! That was the most recognizable name, and Amy Poehler, because of the "SNL" cast. Lindsay Lohan was just "Parent Trap," and she was coming off of "Freaky Friday," so I would tell my friends I was in this movie and they'd ask who’s in it and I’d say, "Oh, Lindsay Lohan." "Who's that?" "Rachel McAdams." "Who’s that?" "Amanda Seyfried." "Who’s that?" People that now you definitely know who they are. But at the beginning, I remember saying to them, "Remember the girl from 'Party of Five'? Yeah, she's in that movie." Even reading the script from Tina Fey I was laughing and thinking this movie is so weird and hilarious, because there's no real movie that's been like that ever. People can compare "Clueless" to it or certain other movies from the '90s, but there's definitely not been a movie like "Mean Girls" made since. It's truly a standout, standalone movie.

What do you remember about the wrap party? I was drinking amaretto sours at that point in my life. I remember feeling nice at that party. I met Lorne Michaels and they had karaoke. I remember I sang a song that Tina Fey really liked. My go-to karaoke song is No Doubt -- that's always a staple of mine, but I didn't sing that one that day. Tina said she loved that Jennifer Lopez song "Play." And I sang that song, and as I was singing it -- and I was about four or five amaretto sours deep -- I couldn't remember how the song goes. So as I'm singing the song, I feel it just falling off the rails. As I'm struggling through it, Tina Fey comes out of nowhere and basically saves the day. She scoops me up and starts singing the song with me.

What's your most enduring memory from the set? There was one scene where they did the fire alarm and the sprinklers came on, and we all go into the gym. There was a scene where I'm sitting there in the wheelchair and they had to change the cameras around, so there were like 300 girls as extras in the gym scene, right? And I get up off my chair because it's take five, and you hear about 10 girls in the background going, "Oh, my god!" Because they thought I was really in a wheelchair, so they were shocked when I stood up. She walks!

Jan Caruana as Emma Gerber

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? Everyone was so great on that set. I still keep in touch with a few of the girls. But in terms of awesome memories, sitting in the makeup chair one day and getting to chat with Amy Poehler about the Upright Citizens Brigade and having her talk about it the same way I would talk about the small theater company I was part of at the time. Also getting to meet Tina Fey. Getting to meet Lorne Michaels at the cast party and having him know who I was, that was amazing. So there were just lots of cool things that happened.

Do people recognize you from the film? Not as much as they used to. I mean it has been 10 years, and that's the thing that makes me realize it has been 10 years the most. I used to get recognized all the time and it was hilarious. People would want to take their pictures with me and that was really funny because you think, you have such a small amount of screen time but those characters really affected people, I guess.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? Not really. When you are filming it, you are kind of in the middle of it, and you kind of don't really know what it's going to be. I remember when I first got the script, I knew that it was really, really funny and I knew that if everything went well, based on the script alone, I thought it would be a great film. And it really was. I think 10 years later it still holds up.

Ky Pham as Trang Pak

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? The whole thing was so hilarious and every scene that I shot was so funny. The one scene when the Burn Book came out and everyone is just fighting in the hallway, and it was utter chaos. I was having that catfight with the other "cool Asian girl" and we were actually clawing at each other, and I had scratch marks all over me. She had my skin under her nails, we actually really went at it. It was really funny.

I did have some English lines, but when we started filming Mark [Waters] cut them all. I had to go home and have a bunch of the lines translated into Vietnamese, because I had no idea how to translate it myself. I took my lines to my dad, and some of the things in the movie that I was saying were really rude. Like, I had to ask my dad how to things like, "Why are you always cockblocking me," and "n***a, please." And my father says to me, "What the hell? First of all, [said in a whisper] Why are you calling people n***as, and second, why are you saying please after you insult them?" It was so funny. But there is no literal translation, so he just came up with something else that was fitting.

Do people recognize you from the movie? Not until they know me. Like, after they've met me and they watched the film. Then they'll be like, "Hey, were you in 'Mean Girls'?" and I'm like, "What are you talking about?"

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? I had no idea. When I went for the audition, I didn't know it was a feature film. I thought it was a made-for-TV Canadian movie. I didn't even know it was a feature until I saw the previews on TV. I had no clue, it was really funny. I thought it was an after-school special.

Erin Thompson as Dawn Schweitzer

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? It was my audition. It was my first audition for a feature film and when I came into the casting room, Mark Waters, the director, was actually in the room, which surprised me. So I did my audition, and when the reader responded with, "Who wouldn't say that?" I gave my very best stink eye to the reader and the director laughed. And that for me, as a young actor, was a really wonderful experience.

Do people recognize you from the movie? There was one time about five years after the movie came out. I was out and about, and I was recognized by someone that I didn't know at all while out at a bar singing karaoke. And as I was leaving I could hear a guy shouting, "Dawn! Dawn!" And that's not my name so I kept walking, but he grabbed me by the shoulder and turned me around and was shaking me and says, "You're Dawn Schweitzer from 'Mean Girls'!" It was lovely he was so excited to meet me, it was a really nice experience.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? I knew when I got the script that it was a great movie. Tina Fey is an amazing writer. She's definitely one of my heroes and someone I look up to. She took a non-fiction book written by Rosalind Wiseman about girl politics and culture and turned it into this amazing, funny film. And Mark Waters heading it as the director -- it's so wonderful because his brother, Daniel Waters, wrote "Heathers," and now he’s made "Mean Girls," which is the "Heathers" of this generation. Did I know that going into it? No, but the seeds were definitely there.

Stefanie Drummond as Bethany Byrd

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? I know you spoke to my best friend Jan, who played Emma Gerber, and my fondest memory is of our matching dresses that we wore during the prom scene. They were hilarious. They were long and puffy, and hers was bright blue and mine was bright pink. And I just remember putting on these dresses with my best friend and getting walked to set, it’s pretty remarkable. Just in terms of friendship and our the extravagance of it. [Check out Stefanie's photo here]

You know the scene in [the girls' changing room] where Rachel McAdams' character has holes cut in her shirt? So I had to wear a towel in that scene, but I didn't know I had to. I thought I would be wearing like gym clothes or something, and then I was like, "I'm going to be wearing a towel in a movie? What is going on?" I had never been in a movie before and I didn't know how big the towel was going to be, so it was freaking me out. So the wardrobe girls and the PA guys, they all put on towels with me before I had to shoot the scene. And now in retrospect, when I saw it, it's a huge towel, but at the time it really freaked me out. But it was so cute that they did that. The crew was so wonderful and Mark Waters was amazing.

Do people recognize you from the movie? All the time! It kills me. I'll be in hot yoga or something and people will ask me, "Are you the girl with the wide-set vagina?" It surprises me how often it happens. It makes me laugh. A lot of people love saying the lines to me, people are really sweet. I've never not had anyone been really cool about it.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? I knew it was going to be a really funny movie. I read the script and I laughed. I knew Tina Fey had written it and I couldn't believe I was reading words that Tina Fey had written -- and that I was going to get to say them. And then when I found out who was going to be in it -- like Amy Poehler -- these hilarious, strong women. I knew it was going to be funny, but I had no idea it would go on for like a decade.

Sharron Matthews as Joan the Secretary

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? It was my very first feature film and I was so nervous. I was sitting in my trailer on the very first day, and I heard this teeny little knock on the door and Tina Fey was standing there. She said, "Sharron, I'm Tina," and I thought, "I know." She said, "I just wanted to come walk you to set, we are so happy to have you on this movie." She walked me to set and she talked to me about my audition, and she loved that I was in musical theater and she just went to such great lengths to make me feel comfortable. That's what I thought happened on every feature film, which of course it doesn't. She put me at such great ease that it was a fabulous shoot for me.

Do people recognize you from the movie? You know what? They do. I was just out for a meeting with a production company at dinner and someone asked me if get recognized from "Mean Girls" and I said, "Oh yeah, all the time." I swear not 10 minutes later, a young man walked up to me and said, "You're from 'Mean Girls,' aren't you?" It hadn't happened in a while, but someone just wrote on my Facebook page, "You don't know how much this movie meant to our generation." And that person was probably 21. It's wild. I'm thinking, "You were 11 when I made this movie." But every generation has kind of claimed it as their own.

Did you think the movie would have such staying power? I remember thinking that it was a really good script. That made me hopeful for it being a good movie, but I don't think anyone guessed that it would be this enduring.

Daniel DeSanto as Jason

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What was your most enduring memory from the set? My first day on set, I met all the girls and I was pretty nervous because I was a big fan of Lacey Chabert's because I used to watch "Party of Five" all the time, and she was really hot. But in person she was even hotter, it was crazy. We were doing the scene where Lacey's character and my character were in the bathroom together, and in the script, Lindsay's character is supposed to open the door and see us, even though we're not doing anything and just moves on. Mark Waters, the director, he would give us a cue for Lindsay at the door. He'd yell, "Lindsay!" and then we'd react. We rehearsed a couple times and then he took me aside and told me, "When we roll, lean in like you are going to kiss Lacey." And already I was super nervous because I never kissed a girl on screen before, and I just kind of looked at him and he told me he'd yell for the cue before I would actually kiss her or anything. So then we go back and he yells action, and now I'm even more nervous and I'm sitting there, looking at Lacey and she puts her hand on my chest and I'm sure my heart was beating out of my chest. And then I sort of played with her hair, and lean in for the kiss -- and Mark is not stopping me. Now I'm already committed, so it's not like I can pull back, so I kiss her. And then all of a sudden finally Mark Waters yells "Lindsay!" and we both react and look at the door and out of nowhere Lacey just slaps me. That was not part of the script at all. And my reaction was real because I was shocked she hit me, and she hit me pretty hard. There was stunned silence for a couple seconds, and all of a sudden you hear our director just start howling with laughter and finally he yells "cut." And that was the only take of that scene that we did.

Do people recognize you from the movie? All the time, it's crazy. Every once in a while I'll get people saying to me, "Jason, you're such a skeeze." I’ll get, "Go shave your back now." I get "Butter your muffin" all the time. It's crazy how much that line sort of made it. We didn't even know what it meant at the time, because the original line that we shot was, "Is your cherry popped? Would like us to assign someone to pop your cherry?" That line didn't make it through MPAA ratings, so we had to change it. When we went into do ADR for the film, myself and the director, he was just throwing a bunch of different stuff at me: "Is your taco spicy? Is your cookie baked?"

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It's crazy. I’m newly single now, and when I was in L.A. about a month ago my friends were telling me about Tinder, and I got on it, and I thought it was pretty cool. So I started getting matched and stuff like that, and this one girl messaged me, and she was like, "Hi" and I was like, "Hey," and she says to me, "I have a question for you." And I said, "Shoot." And she said, "Can I butter your muffin?" And then I deleted the app after that.

Did you think it was going to be a cultural phenomenon? No. I mean, the script was funny and through the auditions I met Waters and he was really great, and that was exciting. But, I mean Lindsay [Lohan] was just coming off "Freaky Friday." Rachel [McAdams] was just coming off of "The Hot Chick." I remember sitting at lunch with Rachel and telling us about "The Notebook," but not for her, she was saying that everyone is going to freak out when this movie comes out because of this guy Ryan Gosling. Of course Lacey [Chabert] had her voice work and "Party of Five," and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Ana Gasteyer and Tim Meadows, everyone knew from "SNL." But "30 Rock" hadn't happened yet, neither had "Parks and Recreations." It was basically on the cusp. We had no idea. Everyone had kind of done something, but we just thought we were shooting another high-school movie, right? I mean I had no idea. It's such a rare thing.
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