Ashley Tisdale claims Mean Girls audition ad-lib ended up in the movie

Disney Channel star Ashley Tisdale auditioned for the role of Karen Smith in iconic comedy Mean Girls – but despite not getting the role, she apparently had a lasting impact on the beloved 2004 teen comedy.

Best known for playing the monstrous-but-fabulous Sharpay Evans in the High School Musical franchise, it seems like Ashley Tisdale might also be due a writing credit on the early noughties film Mean Girls, starring Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan.

Tisdale auditioned for the role of bimbo-in-chief Karen Smith in the teen comedy classic, which eventually went to Amanda Seyfried – but, according to the star, she ad-libbed a line in her audition that made it into the film.

“I just remember I ad-libbed — because I always like at an audition to steal a scene — and I ad-libbed one line and they put it in the movie,” Tisdale said on her audtion opposite Blake Lively.

“And I was like, ‘Oh my God, are you kidding me!’ I should’ve gotten a writers credit — just kidding.” 

Unfortunately, Tisdale could not remember what the ad-libbed line actually was – even when pressed by Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen.

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“I was literally 16 years old,” Tisdale said while laughing. “I just remember, in my brain, that that happened.” 

Mean Girls was recently remade into a movie-musical starring Renée Rapp, Angourie Rice and Auliʻi Cravalho.

Despite a relatively warm reception, a joke at the expense of original star Lohan was cut from the digital release of the film.

During one of Megan Thee Stallion’s cameos, the rapper says: “We are going back, red. Y2K fire crotch is back!” 

“Fire crotch” is a reference to a distasteful video published by socialite Brandon Davis from 2006 while commenting on Lohan’s body – so it makes sense why the actress wasn’t thrilled at the joke’s revival.

Mean Girls is available now to buy or rent on Prime Video, Apple TV and YouTube.

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