Tim Meadows Took the 'Mean Girls' Cast to See Chris Rock
The movie's famed principal revealed he wasn't always principal material.
There's a lot of talent in the early-2000s film Mean Girls. Comedian Tim Meadows as hard-lined and ever-weary principal Ron Duvall is up there with the best of the best.
Meadows isn't quite the stern principal we know and love, though. As he revealed during his appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, he made some... interesting decisions in life, particularly during the filming of Mean Girls.
"We were shooting the movie in Toronto," Meadows said, "and Chris Rock was in town performing, and I said, 'You know, hey, would it be cool to bring some of the cast by?'" This was at the start of the 2000s. A lot of the cast members were kinda young. Chris Rock is not known for his age-appropriate comedy. Meadows didn't think about that until they were at the performance.
"As I got them all there, it was like, you know, eight to 10 people, and I was thinking, like, are they old enough to actually see this?" Meadows said.
"That's what I was thinking," Rach said. "I'm like, 'Weren't they children?"
"Yeah," Meadows admitted matter-of-factly.
"Well, they got schooled," Rach said.
Speaking of school, Meadows divulged he was no teacher's pet. He was all right up until senior year of high school, he said. "I was a straight, I'm not gonna lie and say straight As, but I was a straight C, B sorta student," he said.
But senior year, things took a turn. He started putting more time into the social scene (read: underage drinking) and less time into school. In other words, he was one of the high school students his Mean Girls character did not put up with.
Toward the end of his senior year, though, Meadows' mom straightened him out. "My mother sorta put down the gauntlet, and she was like, 'You've gotta focus. No more of this behavior,'" Meadows says.
He worked hard those last few months and left high school with a high C average. "He stayed in the upper deck of the letters," Rach joked.
It just goes to show that if you work hard and do your best, you, too, can become America's favorite fake principal.