Meaghan Martin Mean Girls 2 Interview

January 22, 2011

Tomorrow night ABC Family premieres the all new movie Mean Girls 2 starring Meaghan Martin. You can learn more about Meaghan and the movie when you read the below interview with her which of course includes pictures and a video.

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Meaghan Martin stars in Mean Grils 2 but she is no Lindsay Lohan and I mean that in the best possible way. I was a part of a Q&A the other day and got the chance to talk with Meaghan about her new film and well life in general.

Q. How would you say your character, Jo, is different from Lindsey Lohan’s character in the original Mean Girls?
A. Jo is pretty different from Katie, Lindsey Lohan’s character, because Katie comes from Africa and had been home-schooled her whole life. It’s really her first experience, socializing with people her own age whereas Jo has moved around the country a lot and has been to every high school and experienced every bad situation that high school can offer. She knows what she’s doing. She knows her way around. She goes into North Shore High, determined to just get good grades, graduate, and move on to college.

Q. What was your favorite part about filming the movie?
A. There were a lot of great things. It was such an awesome experience to play this character that is so different from any character I’ve ever played, especially working again with Melanie Mayron whom I adore. I also loved being in Atlanta. It’s a neat city. I had a lot of fun. I loved working with great people who I had already grown to love before filming.

Q. A hot topic, of course, today is bullying. Your movie actually does touch on that quite a bit. Have you ever been bullied?
A. I think everybody has been bullied in their own way. Luckily, I’ve never had anything quite as severe as this movie demonstrates but I definitely had girls backstabbing, lying, cheating, stealing or whatever, just little thing. Boy drama that’s caused by your friend and you liking the same guys, stuff like that, but luckily nothing extreme.

Q. What advice would you give to kids who are being bullied in the school?
A. My advice is to think about what situation your bully is in. Maybe it’s at home things aren’t going well, or at school things aren’t going well. You can’t judge anybody until you’ve taken the time to understand their situation. So, think about what’s making them bully you. Are they asking for attention? What are they saying? If that doesn’t help, then I definitely say go to a trusted parent, older sibling, teacher, anybody who you think could help you out.

Q. How is your character’s style in Mean Girls 2 different from your own personal style?
A. Jo’s style in Mean Girls 2 fits her personality perfectly. It’s ripped jeans, black vests and t-shirts with holes. She wears this one leather cuff the entire movie. I love it. It’s totally rocker, sexy, strong, tough and it fits Jo perfectly but I wouldn’t wear it all together in my own life, in my own style. I’m far more feminine than Jo is, especially in the way that I dress. I would say that I have more of a classic, feminine style.

Q. Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
A, I am a huge fan of Anthropology. I love Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom. I love vintage stores. I go to the Rose Bowl Flea Market in L.A., in Pasadena, and just pick up some old, vintage jewelry and stuff. So, that’s definitely my style.

Q. What was it like to shoot the entire film within 20 days?
A. Twenty days is not very realistic for making a movie. When I first found out we were making it that quickly, I was incredibly nervous. I had worked with Melanie Mayron, our director, before. She’s wonderful. I knew a lot of the cast. I knew that all of them were experienced and professional and great. So, I was nervous, but at the same time, I felt like everything could work out. We all just buckled down, gave it our all, worked hard and were exhausted every night, but it’s what we love to do. We’re lucky to be doing it.

Q. Do you have a favorite scene from the movie, one that you’re most looking forward to people seeing?
A. The scene that I am most looking forward to people seeing would probably be the scenes where you see Abby, Jennifer Stone’s character, and my character, Jo, developing their friendship. There was a scene that we shot in the bathroom of the school where she’s helping me out. We’re discovering that our friendship is a good thing because my character has never had any friends. She’s never opened up to people and taken down that wall, her defense mechanism. She does with Abby. It’s exciting. A lot of people will enjoy watching her do that.

Q. What was it about this particular role of Jo that interested you?
A. I was excited to play Jo because she’s completely different from any character I’ve ever played before. It was a great opportunity to show that I can play a character besides the popular, prissy girl. I can be the tough tomboy, too.

Q. Can you explain to me a little bit about the flag football scene in the movie?
A. Oh, the infamous football scene. We play a game of powder puff football. The anti-plastics challenge the plastics. It was shot over a two-day period, our last two days of filming. Spending two days filming something when you only have 20 days to film the entire thing obviously means it’s a big portion of the film. It was hot; it was intense. I am not incredibly athletic, so, I was a little bit nervous about it, but we did it. We played a full on football game pretty much. We were throwing, we were running, we were attacking, we were tackling. I got to do a tackling stunt, which was awesome. It was so much fun. I tackled Maiara Walsh, who plays Mandi. I’m very nervous and very excited to watch it and see how it turns out. Hopefully, I don’t make too big of a fool out of myself.

Q. Tim Meadows returns as the principal what was it like working with him?
A. It was incredible to work with Tim Meadows. We were actually in the midst of filming when I found out that he was hired to come back as Principal Duvall. There had been talk about it, but we weren’t sure it was going to happen. I flipped. I was so excited because he’s so talented. I have so much respect for him. I’ve watched him on SNL and I always thought he was funny, loved his character, Ladies Man. It was great to play opposite of him, to sit in the room with him and just work, improvise and have fun. It was an honor that I really enjoyed.

Q. Could you talk more about the anti-plastics?
A. The anti-plastics are Jo and Abby’s group, it is just a group of the misfits at North Shore High. The group of girls that are maybe a little bit on the nerdy side or maybe a little bit Goth or punk. They’re not the plastics. The plastics are called the plastics because they are the epitome of a Barbie doll-like character. They’re the always perfectly dressed, perfect hair, perfect make-up, the popular, rich girls. The anti-plastics are exactly that, they are the anti-plastics and are the opposite of everything the plastics are.

Q. What would you say about your relationship with Diego Boneta in the movie?
A. He is a great guy. I’ve known him for almost three years now. So, it’s great to get this movie and be working with him. It’s always a lot easier to play a love interest with somebody that you know and you’re comfortable with rather than meeting somebody and being, “Hey, I’m going to have to make out with you, so hope you don’t mind.” The day Diego booked the movie was the day before I left for Atlanta. He called me. He goes, “Hi, are you ready for Atlanta tomorrow?” I was, “Yes.” He was, “Well, guess who’s coming with you?” I was, “What? Oh, oh, you got it? Oh, that’s awesome.” So, it was cool. It was a lot of fun and a good experience.

Q, How did you get started in acting, was it been something you always wanted to do?
A. I started acting when I was five. I’ve been doing this for almost 14 years. It started with dancing, I always loved to be a ham and be at the center of attention, always in everybody’s faces. It’s really in my blood, I would say, but then, the older I got, the more I realized that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life and that this is what makes me happy. I buckled down to just pursuing acting instead of taking on music or putting out an album or anything like that. I decided to focus on just acting.

Q. Were you a fan of the first Mean Girls movie?
A. I was a Huge fan of the first movie.

Mean Girls 2 starring Meaghan Martin will debut on ABC Family tomorrow night. After having the chance to speak with Meaghan I must admit I am quite intrigued to check out the film. Meaghan seems like a wonderful girl and I hope the movie is a huge success for her.

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Photos: Nelson/Joseph Marullo/Ivan Nikolov/Jody Cortes

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7 Responses to “Meaghan Martin Mean Girls 2 Interview”

  1. 1
    Sarah Says:

    Great Interview!

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    Sandy Says:


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    Fernanda Says:

    that’s not Meaghan Martin!! that’s the girl from “The secret life of the american teenager”

  4. 4
    Joan Says:

    Great questions!

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    Jen Says:

    This is a great interview! I am bummed I missed the showing, will it air again?

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    DD Says:

    The first Mean Girls was classic! Personally, I am disappointed they remade this.

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    Miriam Says:

    Love this interview and Mean Girls!!