It looks like all the leading actors from the hit 2000s movie were almost too gay to function.
If you were a teenager in the 2000s, you'd know just how iconic the movie 'Mean Girls' is. It defined an entire generation of young people. Now, the movie has done it again—for an entirely different reason. For those who have not been keeping up with the Plastics, you may not know that literally every single leading man who was part of the movie has come out as homosexual since the blockbuster hit first released in 2004. Yes, including, of course, drool-worthy Aaron Samuels. Actors Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Franzese, and Rajiv Surendra are all officially gay, BuzzFeed News reports. Now, we're just waiting to hear from Lindsay Lohan and co.
Daniel Franzese was the first to come out. Did we really expect anything else from someone who is almost too gay to function? He said in an interview with Yahoo! News, "I came out around the 10th anniversary [of 'Mean Girls']. I get a lot of fan mail, but around the tenth anniversary of 'Mean Girls,' I got a letter from a fan who was grown up that said, 'When I was in 8th grade, I was beat up for being chubby and tortured for being a sissy, but then your movie came out and, in 9th grade, on the first day of school, the popular senior girls walked up to me and said, 'You're like Damian, come sit with us!' And he was like, 'Thank you so much, I don't know if you're gay or not...' But then I realized it's so important that I come out."
Franzese claimed he was the one who motivated his co-stars to come out too. "And then I did come out, and I made two of my other co-stars come out, Kevin G and Aaron Samuels," he shared. "We're all gay!" Ah yes, Aaron Samuels, played by Bennett. Reportedly, the actors were encouraged to stay in the closet when 'Mean Girls' came out. He told TooFab in 2019, "There comes a time in your life when you realize it just doesn't matter and it's not worth it to not just live completely open as yourself. And that's what happened for me. I never really talked about it when 'Mean Girls' came out, my friends all knew. I just was kind of told by not anyone specifically, but everyone [to stay closeted]. We lived in a weird world where us actors who were working in the public eye at the time that were gay, we all didn't know what to do. There was no like, 'How does this work?'" Thankfully, they've figured it out.
Surendra was the last leading man to officially come out. "I know full well that if I was an openly gay actor, there was no way I’d be considered for the role of a sixteen-year-old religious Indian kid in a movie that Fox was putting $100 million into," he shared with Kajal Mag. "I never felt like it was unfair, I just accepted that that was the way the world worked. When I didn’t get the 'Life of Pi' part, I felt dead inside. I realized that for me to get back to the sense of being alive again, I needed to take baby steps and do small things that would make me happy on a daily basis. Moving to Munich was the first step. The city was magical. The family I worked for was wonderful. Living there and going out with guys made me see how easy it was."
Moving to Germany played a fundamental role in his coming-out journey. Surendra explained, "Regarding cultural taboos, I grew up in a household where no aspect of sexuality whatsoever was ever mentioned, but what was easy for me is that I moved to a completely foreign country. I had complete anonymity there, which I think helped me come to terms with doing what I wanted. I didn’t need to be worried about what everyone else thought." Hopefully one day no one has to "come out" because we'll just be living in the queer world we all deserve, but for now, we can just marinate in the aura of these queer icons.