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Interview with Meaghan Martin of "Mean Girls 2"
on ABC Family January 21, 2011.
ABC Family’s Q&A Session with Meaghan Martin– Mean Girls
Moderator How would you say your character, Jo, is different from
Lindsey Lohan’s character in the original Mean Girls?
M. Martin Jo is pretty different from Katie, Lindsey Lohan’s character,
because Katie comes from Africa and had been home-schooled her whole
life. It’s really her first experience, socializing with people her own
age whereas Jo has moved around the country a lot and has been to every
high school and experienced every bad situation that high school can
offer. She knows what she’s doing. She knows her way around. She goes
into North Shore High, determined to just get good grades, graduate, and
move on to college.
Moderator Were you a fan of the first Mean Girls movie?
M. Martin Huge fan of the first movie.
Moderator A hot topic, of course, today is bullying. Your movie actually
does touch on that quite a bit. Have you ever been bullied?
M. Martin I think everybody has been bullied in their own way. Luckily,
I’ve never had anything quite as severe as this movie demonstrates, but
I definitely had girls backstabbing or lying or cheating or stealing or
whatever, just little things—boy drama that’s caused by your friend and
you liking the same guys, stuff like that, but luckily nothing extreme.
Moderator What advice would you give to kids who are being bullied in
M. Martin My advice is to think about what situation your bully is in.
Maybe it’s at home things aren’t going well, or at school things aren’t
going well. You can’t judge anybody until you’ve taken the time to
understand their situation. So, think about what’s making them bully
you. Are they asking for attention? What are they saying? If that
doesn’t help, then I definitely say go to a trusted parent, older
sibling, teacher, anybody who you think could help you out.
Moderator You seem like a very sweet person in real life in different
interviews. I was just wondering if you had to deal with any other
talent and stuff that you had portrayed yourself in Camp Rock and if you
had a hidden talent that you were able to explore that any in this film.
M. Martin Well, thank you, but it definitely can be a challenge to play
characters that are unlike me in personality or physical charisma or
however you want to put it, but that’s part of acting. That’s what I
love about it, is getting a chance to step outside of who I am and
create this character that may have bits and pieces of traits that are
common with me. But Jo in Mean Girls, she’s definitely not the mean girl
of the movie, but she’s very different than I am in real life because
she’s tough; she’s strong; she’s a tomboy; she’s not the girlie girl.
That’s the nice thing ... because she’s so different from my character
in 10 Things and my character in Camp Rock, who are all different from
me, but all obviously share commonalities with myself.
Moderator Do you have a hidden talent that you’d like to share with
M. Martin I am good at baking. I don’t know if that counts a talent, but
I love to bake. Everybody says I’m good at it, so apparently I make the
best, banana bread.
Moderator I was wondering how is your character’s style in Mean Girls 2
different from your own personal style?
M. Martin Jo’s style in Mean Girls 2 is very—it fits her personality
perfectly. It’s very—ripped jeans, ripped tight, dark jeans and black
vests and t-shirts with holes. She wears this one leather cuff the
entire movie. I love it. It’s totally rocker. It's sexy. It’s strong.
It’s tough. It fits Jo perfectly. A lot of it I love, but I wouldn’t
wear all together in my own life, in my own style because I’m far more
feminine than Jo is, especially in the way that I dress. I would say
that I have more of a classic, feminine style.
Moderator Where are some of your favorite places to shop?
M. Martin Some of my favorite places to shop are Anthropology. I am a
huge fan of Anthropology. I love Urban Outfitters, the same company. I
love Nordstrom. I love vintage stores. I love to go to the Rose Bowl
Flea Market in L.A., in Pasadena, and just pick up some old, vintage
jewelry and stuff. So, that’s definitely my style.
Moderator I understand that filming in the schedule was at a breakneck
speed for you all. What was it like to record the entire film within 20
M. Martin Twenty days is not very realistic for making a movie. So, when
I first found out we were making it that quickly, I was incredibly
nervous. I had worked with Melanie Mayron, our director, before. She’s
wonderful. I knew a lot of the cast. I knew that all of them were
experienced and professional and great. So, I was nervous, but at the
same time, I felt like everything could work out. We all just buckled
down and gave it our all and worked hard and were exhausted every night,
but it’s what we love to do. We’re lucky to be doing it.
Moderator How did you get started in acting, in general. Has it been
something you always wanted to do, or is it a recent development?
M. Martin I started acting when I was five. So, I’ve been doing this for
almost 14 years. It was something that— I started dancing. I always
loved to be a ham and be at the center of attention, always in
everybody’s faces. So, it's really in my blood, I would say, but then,
the older I got, the more I realized that this is what I want to do with
the rest of my life and that this is what makes me happy. So, I buckled
down to just pursuing acting instead of taking on music or putting out
an album or anything like that. I decided to focus on just acting.
Moderator What was it about this particular role of Jo that interested
M. Martin I was excited to play Jo because, like I said earlier, she’s
completely different from any character I’ve ever played before. So, it
was a great opportunity to show that I can play a character besides the
popular, prissy girl. I can be the tough tomboy, too.
Moderator Have you a favorite scene from the movie, one that you’re most
looking forward to people seeing?
M. Martin The scene that I am most looking forward to people seeing
would probably be the scenes where you see Abby, Jennifer Stone’s
character, and my character, Jo, developing their friendship. There was
a scene that we shot in the bathroom of the school where she’s helping
me out. We’re discovering that our friendship is a good thing because my
character, Jo, has never had any friends. She’s never opened up to
people and taken down that wall, her defense mechanism. She does with
Abby. It’s exciting. A lot of people will enjoy watching her do that and
become friends with the awesome Jennifer Stone.
Moderator Can you explain to me a little bit about the flag football
scene in the movie?
M. Martin Oh, the football scene—the infamous football scene. We play a
game of powder puff football. The anti-plastics challenge the plastics.
It was shot over a two-day period, our last two days of filming.
Spending two days filming something when you only have 20 days to film
the entire thing obviously means it’s a big portion of the film. It was
hot; it was intense. I am not incredibly athletic. So, I was a little
bit nervous about it, but we did it. We played a full on football game
pretty much. We were throwing; we were running; we were attacking; we
were tackling. I got to do a tackling stunt, which was awesome. It was
so much fun. I tackled Maiara Walsh, as Mandi. So, I’m very nervous and
very excited to watch it and see how it turns out. Hopefully, I don’t
make too big of a fool out of myself.
Moderator One of the returning characters, or big returning character,
is obviously Tim Meadows as the principal. What was it like working with
M. Martin It was incredible to work with Tim Meadows. We were actually
in the midst of filming when I found out that he was hired to come back
as Principal Duvall. There had been talk about it, but we weren’t sure
it was going to happen. I flipped. I was so excited because he’s so
talented. I have so much respect for him. I’ve watched him on SNL
forever. I always thought he was funny, loved his character, Ladies Man.
It was great to play opposite of him, to sit in the room with him and
just work and improvise and have fun. It was an honor. I enjoyed it.
Moderator I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit more about
M. Martin Yes, the anti-plastics are Jo and Abby’s group. It’s led by Jo
and Abby. It is just a group of the misfits at North Shore High, the
group of girls that are maybe a little bit on the nerdy side or maybe a
little bit Goth or punk. They’re not the plastics. The plastics are
called the plastics because they are the epitome of a Barbie doll-like
character. They’re the always perfectly dressed, perfect hair, perfect
make-up ... is popular, rich girls. The anti-plastics are exactly that.
They are the anti-plastics. They’re the opposite of everything the
Moderator What was your favorite part about filming the movie?
M. Martin There were a lot of great things. It was such an awesome
experience to play this character, like I said, so different from any
character I’ve ever played, especially working again with Melanie Mayron
whom I adore. I also loved being in Atlanta. It’s a neat city. I had a
lot of fun. I loved working with great people who I had already grown to
love before filming.
Moderator You and Maiara Walsh seem to have such a good chemistry on
screen. Did you guys have any type of hijinks behind the scenes, pranks,
or anything while the cameras were turned off that you guys could talk
M. Martin Yes, there’s definitely a lot of pranks. Maiara and I were the
least prankish/pranky—I don’t know how I would say that. We are the
least pranksters. Probably, the person who was the prankster was Claire
Holt. She’s funny. She has so much energy. She’s definitely filled with
zest. Whenever one of us would fall asleep on set—I guess Maiara was
always there, too—to disrupt the poor sleeping victim, which was
oftentimes Jennifer Stone. We would wake her up in her sleep. I fell
pretty terrible saying it, but we all did it to each other. So, it was
Moderator What would you say about your relationship with Diego Boneta
in the movie?
M. Martin He is a great guy. I’ve known him for almost three years now.
So, it's great to get this movie and be working with him and be
working—it’s always a lot easier to play a love interest with somebody
that you know and you’re comfortable with rather than meeting somebody
and being, “Hey, I’m going to have to make out with you, so hope you
don’t mind.” The day Diego booked the movie was the day before I left
for Atlanta. He called me. He goes, “Hi, are you ready for Atlanta
tomorrow?” I was, “Yes.” He was, “Well, guess who’s coming with you?” I
was, “What? Oh, oh, you got it? Oh, that’s awesome.” So, it was cool. It
was a lot of fun. It was a good experience.
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