The 2004 cult classic Mean Girls is a movie that we love, re-watch, obsess over and can relate to on some pink and cloudy level, because, at some point, high school was a war zone for everyone.
Raging hormones and the vehement desire to 'fit in' can drive even the most centered of us to lose sight of perspective and enter 'mean girl' territory.
And because celebrities deal with just the same insecurities and bad decisions as we all do, here are a few famous femmes who were once total mean girls and claim to have (mostly) grown out of it in their adulthood.
1. Tina Fey
The writer of Mean Girls, Tina Fey, recently admitted that she herself used to be a mean girl at high school. She attributes the bad behavior to her own insecurities and admits that it was as a way of coping with all those crazy, confusing emotions that come with being a teenage girl.
"I was [a mean girl]. I admit it openly. That was a disease that had to be conquered. It's another coping mechanism — it's a bad coping mechanism — but saying something terrible about someone else does not actually level the playing field."
2. Angelina Jolie
Turns out that the most beautiful woman in the world, Angelina Jolie, wasn't in the 'hot/popular girl' clique, claiming to be a fearless outsider that scared the other kids:
“It’s where the bad kids go. I chose it. I was the punk outsider who nobody messed with. I was fearless. At 16, I graduated and moved out.”
3. Cameron Diaz
Charlie's Angel, Cameron Diaz, wasn't always a ray of sunshine, admitting to US Weekly that she got scrappy when the occasion called for it:
"I used to get in fights with boys more than girls, for some reason boys liked to fight me. But one time in junior high I had this girl come up to me in the locker room from behind and pull my hair back. I had to shut her down!"
4. Mariah Carey
Songstress Mariah Carey wasn't particularly mean in high school but she did have a reputation for being barely there. Her nickname was 'Mirage' because she was rarely in class and she confessed that she was more "social in school than a student." When asked by TMZ if she would be attending her high school reunion this year, she replied:
"Why would I go to anything I didn’t create myself?"
So true Mariah.
5. Paris Hilton
It's probably no surprise to the world that Paris Hilton was the queen bee of the mean girl clique in high school with old partner in crime, Nicole Ritchie.
"Nicole [Richie] and I were the leaders of the group.
People didn't really start rumors about me in high school because they were scared of me."