“I did not [get asked to be in it],” Chabert, 36, exclusively told Us Weekly at the Hallmark Television Critics Association party in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, February 9.
And though Chabert didn’t get to join former costar Jonathan Bennett in the music video’s Mean Girls tribute, she appreciated the final result. “I thought it was really fun that Jonathan was in the video,” she added. “And I thought it was great. [Grande] is awesome.”
The Crossword Mysteries actress also told Us she “probably” would have appeared in the video had she been asked. “Who knows?” she mused, adding that the “7 Rings” singer is “fantastic, and I’m totally a fan.”
The music video’s Mean Girls segment — which also featured Kris Jenner as the “cool mom” character originated by Amy Poehler — is proof that the 2004 movie has lasting appeal. “When you’re a part of a movie, you hope that people are going to enjoy it and it’s going to resonate with them,” Chabert told Us. “And the fact that people are still talking about it in the way they are 15 years later is awesome.”
More proof of the film’s impact? Its 2018 Broadway musical adaptation, which earned 12 Tony Award nominations. “I’m going to get to see the show soon on Broadway,” the Party of Five alum raved. “I’m going to go to New York and see it. So I’m very excited!”
Chabert isn’t the only Mean Girls cast member to weigh in on Grande’s homage: Lindsay Lohan also gave the video her stamp of approval. “I love #thankyounext video!” the 32-year-old wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post in December. “All of the original Mean Girls are very flattered.”
Lohan wasn’t invited to the music video shoot either. “It was awesome!” the reality star said of the video when she and Bennett cohosted an episode of Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club: After the Show in January. “I thought it was great, but you were in it! I wasn’t in it … I didn’t know, but it was exciting to see!”
With reporting by Nicole Pajer