Tina Fey used to be a mean girl. The irony of winding up one of the Mean Girls screenwriters isn't lost on the SNL alum and Sisters star either.
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“I was [the mean girl], I admit it openly,” she says.
Now 45 years old, Tina Fey explains why she was that kind of girl.
“That was a disease that had to be conquered,” she says adding, “It’s another coping mechanism–it’s a bad coping mechanism–but when you feel less than (in high school, everyone feels less than everyone else for different reasons), in your mind it’s a way of leveling the playing field. Though of course it’s not.”
Tina Fey has another coping mechanism, too--being funny.
“For me it was about hitting age 13 and realizing, ‘OK, I’m not going to glide by on looks. I’m a normal-looking person, but that’s not going to be where my bread is buttered,’” she explains.
No longer a mean girl, Tina Fey fully realizes that “saying something terrible about someone else does not actually level the playing field.”
In fact, she fears mean girls (not Mean Girls--she makes money off them) these days.
“If I meet a girl of 14 or 15 today who is that kind of girl, I am secretly, in my body, afraid. Even though I’m 45,” she says.
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Tina Fey in a sense relives high school in her new film Sisters. She and Amy Poehler star as sisters who throw a wild party in their childhood home.
Does it surprise you to learn Tina Fey was a mean girl? Do you remember what it felt like to be belittled by mean girls when you were in high school? Or were you--like the Sisters star--a mean girl, too?