Evan Rachel Wood Explains Why She Turned Down ‘Mean Girls’

Evan Rachel Wood finally found a role worthy of her excellence as Dolores in “Westworld.” Before that, she was mostly known for roles in indie films — but she was almost in “Mean Girls.”

ERW was on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night, and Tina Fey was a fellow guest. Evan said she loves Tina Fey, and “Mean Girls.” Jimmy asked if it’s true that she had auditioned for that movie.

Evan: “No, it’s even worse. I turned it down.”

The audience groaned.

Jimmy: “What?!”

Evan: “There’s a good reason! The only reason is because I was already supposed to do a film called ‘Pretty Persuasion’ that was set in a high school, that was very ‘Heathers’-esque, and it was very similar [to ‘Mean Girls’]. And I was already kind of doing that. So I was like, I can’t. But Tina, if you’re here, I’m so sorry we got off on the wrong foot. As long as the next movie you’re doing is not about a robot uprising, I will happily, happily [do it].”

Jimmy joked that, sadly, that’s Tina’s next movie.

“Mean Girls” came out in 2004. “Pretty Persuasion” came out in 2005, starring ERW, Ron Livingston, James Woods, and Jane Krakowski.

Clearly Evan doesn’t have ESPN or she would’ve sensed that “Mean Girls” was going to be the much bigger movie. But after “Thirteen” and “Pretty Persuation,” you can’t blame her for wanting to break away from the high-school roles for fear of typecasting. Good for Rachel McAdams (Regina George), while we’re on the subject, that she didn’t get stuck in the high school zone after “Mean Girls” and has instead had one of the best careers in Hollywood.

Also — on a semi-related subject — Evan Rachel Wood and Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “House of Cards”) finally proved they are two different people:

“Westworld” Season 2 premieres this Sunday, April 22 on HBO.

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