How can you give a nod to Mean Girls without including the one and only Ms. Norbury?! Life & Style caught up with Tina Fey during the opening night of The Cher Show at the Neil Simon Theater on Dec. 3, and she couldn’t stop gushing about Ariana Grande‘s 2000s-film inspired “thank u, next” video that dropped last week… even though she wasn’t invited to make a cameo!
“Oh I love it!” said Tina exclusively to Life & Style about the reimagining of the film for the video. “I’m so honored by it, and she looked adorable.” And it turns out that Tina’s fave part was the same as ours: “I thought the casting of Kris Jenner was super inspired,” she laughed. It was truly iconic.
The only thing that would have made the video better would be a cameo from Tina herself, but Ari never asked. “No [she didn’t reach out to me]!” said Tina. “I was like ‘my phone didn’t ring!?'” Though Tina admits that she doesn’t “know if she would have been able to do it,” she definitely “would have tried!” We would have loved to see that.
Mean Girls is Tina’s baby after all. Along with starring as the goofy and heartfelt Ms. Norbury, she also wrote the screenplay for both the film and the musical after adapting the story from a book by Rosalind Wiseman. If anyone’s opinion matters when it comes to the music video, it’s Tina’s, so we’re sure Ari would be glad to have her stamp of approval (and is probably kicking herself for not sending an invite!)
Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and Lindsay Lohan have also sent their support for the legendary video, which also featured scenes and fashion from 13 Going On 30, Legally Blonde, and Bring It On. See all of the movie references in the video, here!