Rachel McAdams 'didn't want to' join surprise Mean Girls reunion in new Walmart ... trends now
The Notebook star, 44, portrayed the role of Regina George in the movie 19 years earlier. However, her absence had nothing to do with her former castmates, but simply because the actress 'didn't want to do it,' a source told Page Six.
'They were all offered it. But the three of them loved being together for their reunion,' the insider added, referencing to Lindsay Lohan (Cady), Amanda Seyfried (Karen) and Lacey Chabert (Gretchen) who starred in the ad.
'They had a great time talking about being moms, and it was definitely a loss not having Rachel there.'
Other celebrities that joined in the reunion included Daniel Franzese (Damien) and Rajiv Surendra (Kevin Gnapoor).
Absent: Original cast members from the 2004 hit teen comedy, Mean Girls, made a surprise reunion in Walmart's new Black Friday commercial on Wednesday- but Rachel McAdams, 44, was notably absent; seen in April in Los Angeles
Reasoning: However, her absence had nothing to do with her former castmates, but simply because the actress 'didn't want to do it,' a source told Page Six; Chabert, Lohan and Seyfried seen above in Walmart ad
Iconic role: The Notebook star notably portrayed the role of Regina George in the movie 19 years earlier upon its release in 2004
Missy Elliot was also spotted in the commercial, and played a gym teacher teaching a lesson about Black Friday deals at Walmart- referencing the sex education scene from the original film.
Despite choosing to not take part in the Mean Girls reunion, Rachel has previously gushed about the movie and her iconic role in the past.
While talking to Bustle earlier in April, McAdams had discussed her willingness to jump back into Regina's shoes in the upcoming, musical film adaptation of Mean Girls - which is slated to hit theaters next year in January 2024.
However, the About Time actress admitted that there might not be 'a way' to add her and other original cast members into the project.
Tina Fey is reprising the character of Ms. Norbury in the upcoming film and penning the screenplay while Tim Meadows is also returning as the principal of North Shore High School.
'I don't see a way to shoehorn us in,' Rachel stated, and added, 'If Tina can figure it out, I'm there, for sure.'
And during a past interview with the New York Times, McAdams further reflected on the character of Regina, and humorously expressed, 'Does Regina George haunt me every day? She does have that quality.'
She then gave credit to the character in terms of her successful career. 'No, I have to thank Regina George for giving me some longevity. I'm forever grateful to Tina Fey [the screenwriter] and Mark Waters [the director].'
'A loss': 'They had a great time talking about being moms, and it was definitely a loss not having Rachel there,' the source also added
Opening up: Despite choosing to not take part in the Mean Girls reunion, Rachel has previously gushed about the movie and her iconic role in the past; seen in May 2022 in San Diego
When she first received the script, the star revealed, 'I remember when I read it, I called my agent right away and said, "I will play any part in this, please, please, please."'
'I was at the beginning of my career, and it was a lofty thing out there, that I really, really, really wanted to do it,' Rachel added.
In regards to taking on roles that have a darker side, she explained, 'I'm always looking for larger-than-life characters, which is probably why I like playing villains. They get away with so much.'
Aside from the latest Walmart ad, other commercials are set to drop every Wednesday up until Black Friday and also Cyber Monday.
Lindsay Lohan gushed to People about reuniting with other cast members and stated, 'It