'LPBW': Matt Roloff and Girlfriend Caryn Chandler Might Be at Odds After Her Recent Instagram Post

Those who’ve seen Little People, Big World know Matt and Amy Roloff well, as we’ve learned a ton about them over the years. And there’s no doubt they have a huge fanbase. Unlike other controversial families featured on TLC, the Roloffs always mean well, and Amy and Matt show love and kindness on their social media platforms regularly.

With the current political climate, fans are noticing which reality TV stars are speaking out and staying silent regarding the death of George Floyd and the “Black Lives Matter” movement. And Matt’s girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, posted her support for black lives while Matt’s stayed silent. Could the couple be at odds over this? Here’s what we know.

The Roloffs have a history of conservative views

The Roloffs don’t usually get too political, but they’ve expressed conservative views in the past. We know Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are extremely religious, as they have a covenant marriage. And Audrey has come under fire in the past for expressing anti-LGBTQ sentiments. Those who followed her blog for marriage advice were told that her advice only applies to opposite-sex marriages, and same-sex couples should seek their advice elsewhere.

Matt’s also seemed to share some pro-Donald Trump sentiments that turned fans off. Back in 2017, he shared an article to Facebook that seemed to praise Trump for his response to ISIS. Many fans descended on Matt with criticism for the post, but Matt commented back, “What about the undisputed facts? Iraq seems to be getting their country back.”

Jacob seems to be the only staunchly liberal member of the family. He recently tweeted, “I, too, am embarrassed to be related to Trump voters.”

Matt Roloff has remained silent regarding the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement

Many reality TV stars are feeling the pressure to respond to the protests and riots — and their silence is deafening. Even the Duggars, who have never shown support for “Black Lives Matter” before, are posting blackout posts in solidarity. But Matt and Amy have yet to add to the conversation. So far, they’ve both remained silent on the issue. And fans are noticing.

“I see nothing from you or your family about what is going on in the black community,” a fan commented to Amy. “I have watched you guys from the beginning and you have a lot of black fans but I can’t continue to support those who don’t support me and my family and my kids and my community and my race.” To that, Amy didn’t respond.

Jeremy, Audrey, and Zach’s Roloff’s wife, Tori, have all posted blackout posts to their Instagrams, though. And Jacob is doing the most out of anyone. He’s posted resources to his Instagram regarding how to donate, how to support people of color during this time, and how to take action now in a variety of meaningful ways.

Matt’s girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, showed support despite his silence

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While Matt isn’t posting much in response to the movement, his girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, is taking a stand. She added a blackout post to her Instagram for Blackout Tuesday — and it got some serious backlash.

“Not you too! How can you support when one of our local cops here in Las Vegas is on life support after being hit by a bullet at last nights protest,” a follower commented.

“ALL LIVES MATTER. We might be all different skin shades but we all bleed RED,” another wrote.

“BOOOOO! open your eyes! You are being duped,” yet another noted.

Chandler is usually quick to respond to her followers, but she’s been noticeably silent here. And many of her fans are supporting her for posting a blackout image, though they’re hoping she’ll use her platform for even more good. We’re not sure if Chandler’s post puts her odds with Matt, either. We’ll have to wait and see if Matt remains silent or speaks out for the greater good.

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CW's Batwoman Star Ruby Rose Left The DC Show For This Reason

While Ruby Rose portrayed Batwoman during Season 1 of The CW DC series, she will not be returning for Season 2. In what was a surprise announcement, the actress revealed she was leaving her starring role. While Season 2 of Batwoman will feature an entirely new lead, according to a report, multiple sources told Variety that Rose was “unhappy with the long hours required of her as the series lead, which led to friction on set.”

Some people speculated that Rose left Batwoman due to lingering pain from her surgery to repair her herniated discs. However, Variety’s sources said her decision to leave the show was unrelated to her health or an injury. In a statement, Rose said she has “the utmost respect for the cast, crew, and everyone involved” in the show. “Thank you to everyone who made Season 1 a success–I am truly grateful,” Rose said.

It was reported this week that Rose’s character of Kate Cain won’t be recast. Batwoman producers are auditioning LGBTQ performers to play a new lead character named Ryan Wilder, who is described as as “likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed.”

Batwoman Season 1 concluded the week of May 18, with a finale episode cliffhanger establishing a new villain for Kate to face off against in the future. Season 2 is set to premiere sometime in January 2021, but it is unknown whether the new casting process will lead to delays.

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Gangs of London viewers ‘can’t bear to look at screens’ as woman forced to walk over broken glass in gory torture scene – The Sun

GANGS of London has built quite the reputation for its levels of gore – and one particular torture scene has left viewers squirming.

In episode six there was a fierce shoot out in Chinatown as Sean Wallace's enemies tried to kill him.

When that didn't work, Tove – played by Laura Bach – was planted as a waitress at a Wallace family dinner, but before she could take out Sean (Joe Cole), she appeared to be killed herself.

However, it’s subsequently revealed that Tove is still alive, but not out of the woods, as Wallace matriarch Marian (Michelle Fairley) attempts to get the truth out of her via torture.

One grisly moment saw the Marian force Tove to walk barefoot over broken glass bottles, tearing her soles to pieces and resulting in some serious blood loss.

Viewers took to Twitter in horror at the gruesome moment, with many claiming they couldn’t bear to watch.

“I love Gangs of London but I had to skip Marian’s torture scenes, honestly couldn’t cope. The broken bottles – HELL NO!” one user wrote.

A second wrote: “Nah Marian is a monster. Poor Tove!” alongside a string of vomiting emojis.

A third joked: “Never moaning about heels killing my feet again after this episode.”

While a fourth added: “Thank God you can fast-forward, cannot deal with these torture scenes.”

Not content to leave the ordeal there, Marian went on to smash Tove’s teeth and rip out her fingernails with pliers.

The episode’s director Xavier Gens previously spoke out about the motives behind the graphic scenes.

He told Den of Geek: "For me it was most important to drive all the emotions and what happens in the present for the characters.

"For Marian Wallace it’s about her frustration at the betrayal she felt over Finn wanting to live with another woman – her husband cheating on her.

He continued: "She was one of the main pillars of the Wallace family, and so really when she’s torturing Tove, she is torturing Finn Wallace.

"She sees Finn in that woman. I really wanted to figure out how I could express that Lady MacBeth figure into the character of Marian Wallace.”

As the episode goes on, Marian breaks down more and more, with Xavier describing the torture as "more deranged and disgusting."

But despite the nature of the scenes, Xavier was enthralled by Michelle's performance, saying: "She’s probably one of the brightest people I have ever met.

"She arrived and she’s got that scary smile. The first time she arrived in the room I was more like a fan. "But I was like, ‘Okay, fan, shut up. Just do your work.’"

Gangs of London concludes next Thursday at 9pm on Sky Atlantic. 

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Ruth Langsford in tears over late father after watching clip on Loose Women

Ruth Langsford was in tears during Loose Women today over her late father Dennis who died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2012.

The presenter was watching herself on Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, where she smashed Play Your Cards Right with husband Eamonn Holmes, winning £33,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society where she also understandably cried. 

Watching the moment back ‘set [her] off’ she explained to today’s panel, consitsing of Nadia Sawalha, Coleen Nolan and Saira Khan. 

‘When it’s close to your heart and you’re representing a charity, if that card had been the wrong turn we’d have lost that money, so you have this gamble,’ she said. 

‘So even though I knew we’d won, I wept like a baby [watching it] the second time.’

Choking up, she went on: ‘Oh see it’s set me off again, now!’

‘How did that feel in that moment?’ asked Nadia. 

Ruth replied: ‘Well, because, I just thought of my dad, you know?’

Following Epic Gameshow airing on Saturday night, the This Morning host shared a photo of herself on Instagram wiping tears away with the caption: ‘Thank you ITV. This money will help so many people. 

‘[I’m] so proud to represent the Alzheimer’s Society and my darling Dad Dennis. Thank you, Eamonn for always being by my side.’

Eamonn also shared a similar post, writing: ‘I just wanted to come on and talk to you and say thank you because earlier this evening Ruth and I appeared on ITV, on the new Alan Carr revival of classic game shows and tonight was Play your Cards Right.

‘It was recorded quite a long time ago and we were sort of watching it as though we didn’t know what was going to happen but what did happen is that we won, we didn’t just win, we won £30,000 for charity and the charity in question was the Alzheimer’s Society.’ 

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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Zoë Kravitz Joins London Black Lives Matter Protest as Dad Lenny Says 'That's My Girl!'

Zoë Kravitz joined the London protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement sparked after the death of George Floyd.

The protest was held in London, England in solidarity with the movement, which has seen support across all 50 U.S. states and major capitals around the world. The current protests against police brutality started after the May 25th death of George Floyd, who was seen struggling in a video as former policeman Derek Chauvin firmly knelt on the back of Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes.

On Wednesday, Kravitz, 31, posted a photo to her Instagram, where she's seen holding a protest sign.

"Dear America, 'I can't believe what you say when I see what you do,' " the sign reads, quoting late novelist James Baldwin. The sign also reads "Black Lives Matter" in a bold font.

Kravitz first posted about Floyd's death two days after it happened, publishing an image of Floyd with his last words written on it.

"GEORGE FLOYD my heart breaks for you and your family. #policebrutality needs to stop. #sayhisname," Kravitz wrote.

The Big Little Lies actress has since posted several times in support of the protests and calling for justice for Floyd. Since his death, Chauvin and the other three officers involved have been fired and charged.

Kravitz's dad Lenny supported his daughter on the post, writing a sweet "That's my girl!" in the comments.

The actress's step-dad Jason Momoa, who is married to her mom Lisa Bonet, also supported her with a series of praying and black heart emojis.

The London protest was also attended by other celebrities, most notably Star Wars actor John Boyega who gave a passionate and tearful speech at the march.

RELATED: John Boyega Gives Impassioned Speech at Protest in London: 'We Can All Join Together'

Boyega used the moment to thank supporters and encourage their continued activism, while admitting he doesn't know if he'll "have a career after this."

"This is very important; this is very vital," he told the demonstrators in an emotional moment, captured on-camera by the U.K. outlet Evening Standard. "Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important, we have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless — and now is the time."

"I ain't waiting! I ain't waiting!" Boyega continued as fellow protesters cheered.

WATCH: John Boyega Gives Impassioned Speech at Protest in London

The actor got emotional as he voiced how everyday racism has affected him, trying to convey to listeners how "painful" it is.

"I need you guys to understand how painful this s— is! I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that 'your race means nothing.' And that isn't the case anymore," he said.

"It is very, very important that we keep control in this moment and we make this as peaceful as possible," Boyega said. "… Because you know what, guys? They want us to mess up. They want us to be disorganized — but not today!"

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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Is Fred Sirieix married and does he have children? – The Sun

FRED Sirieix is known for his smooth French charm and matchmaking skills on Channel 4 show First Dates and First Dates Hotel which continues TONIGHT (June 4).

But fans are keen to know what is own love life is like and we have the answers for you.

Is Fred Sirieix engaged?

In January 2018, Fred took to his social media account to reveal he was in a new relationship with a woman he had nicknamed Fruitcake.

However, in March 2020 he revealed they had got engaged.

Taking to Twitter he wrote: "#fruitcake🍫❤️ said yes 💍."

His co-star Cici Coleman wrote: "Awww Fred!!!!! So so happy for you both ❤️❤️❤️."

Has Fred Sirieix been married before?

Fred is very private about his own love life.

However, in July 2016, the French native revealed he had never been married before.

He added that the closest thing to marriage had been his 12-year-old relationship with a woman simply known as Alex to the public.

Does Fred Sirieix have children?

Fred has two children.

They are 15-year-old Andrea and 10-year-old Lucien, who play a huge part in his life.

The mother of his kids is his former partner Alex.

What has Fred said about his partner 'Fruitcake'?

Well as he is so private, we don't know Fruitcake's real name.

We do know the pair are fond of a romantic getaway.

They can often be found on Fred's social media soaking up the sun on an exotic holiday.








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Topless Kris Boyson takes Bianca Gascoigne to the beach after split with Katie Price – The Sun

TOPLESS Kris Boyson took girlfriend Bianca Gascoigne to the beach – months after his split from Katie Price.

The hot couple made the most of the nice weather as they soaked up the sun at Herne Bay in Kent.

Model Bianca, 33, sipped on a Corona beer while watching fitness guru Kris, 31, ride on a jet ski in a wetsuit.

After he was finished on the waves, Kris stripped off the top half of his wetsuit to show those rock hard abs.

Kris left the sea and stopped to have a photo with a fan – appearing to break the 2m social distancing rules to have the snap.

Later on, he can be seen chatting on the phone, before sitting down with Bianca and a group of pals as they sip on some beers.

Bianca decided against getting wet, instead donning a red body suit while sitting on the rocky beach.

Kris and Bianca got together earlier this year following his split from reality star Katie Price.

The pair split last year after she cheated on him with Charles Drury.

Katie, 41, has spoken about Kris hooking up with Bianca while she was in rehab last year.

The star was asked on Instagram how she felt about seeing him kissing Bianca while she was in recovery.

The mum-of-five said: "All I'm going to say is I thought I was going to marry Kris… I feel really gutted what I did to Kris when I was with him, I had my reasons.

"And if I could turn back the clock, I would never have done what I did to him.

"I was suffering so bad when I was in the Priory and he's now found happiness with someone else, so all I can wish is him and her happiness, I want them to keep safe."

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What the cast of Mean Girls looked like before all the fame

Of the countless coming-of-age comedies, there is no denying that Mean Girls is one that has stood the test of time. The film came out in 2004, and yet it is still referenced and quoted to this day. The movie followed a group of, well… mean girls in high school, and one outsider who tried her hardest to break into the clique. The film was based on the book, Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman, and taught some great lessons about friendship and kindness.

Part of what made the film so iconic, aside from the outfits and many, many great jokes in the movie, were the actors behind the hilarious characters. From Lindsey Lohan to Tina Fey, the cast was splendid, even the lesser known cast members for whom Mean Girls served as a jumpstart for their careers. But what did all those gorgeous actors from Mean Girls look like before the fame? Honestly, looking back at the movie and the actors in it, it’s all totally fetch.

Lindsey Lohan was a child actor

Lindsey Lohan was probably the most well-known actor when Mean Girls premiered, which is probably why Lohan got the lead role of Cady Heron. Sure, Lohan definitely got even more famous after the success of Mean Girls, but with hugely-popular roles in films such as The Parent Trap, and Freaky Friday, Lohan was already well-known. Lohan was the definition of a child actor, and actually appeared in two episodes of Sesame Street in 1995, when she was less than 10 years old.

Of course, it really wasn’t until The Parent Trap that Lohan’s fame took off, on account of what Refinery 29 called her “gleaming, undeniable talent — the kind of talent that indicates, no matter what, a story will follow.” Before then, she was just a young kid, trying to make it in the entertainment industry. And as confused as you probably were as a kid watching The Parent Trap, no, Lohan doesn’t have a twin sister. But back in her child star days, Lohan wasn’t afraid to admit what she wanted out of life. In a 1997 interview with Entertainment Tonight, a young Lohan said she enjoyed acting because “it’s fun and I like the attention.” Hey, she got what she wanted, especially with the success of Mean Girls.

Rachel McAdams was relatively unknown before Mean Girls

These days, just about everyone knows who Rachel McAdams is, and for good reason. The actor has played quite a few iconic roles, and there really isn’t a hair color McAdams can’t rock. But looking back on her career, Mean Girls was a huge jumping-off point. In fact, the movie came out the same year as her other breakout role, The Notebook (McAdams’ audition tape for The Notebook pictured above right). Prior to 2004, McAdams had a few other credits that … let’s just say didn’t involve making out with Ryan Gosling in the rain in one of the most memorable film scenes of all time. But what about before she became the simultaneous envy and enemy of young women everywhere?

According to Hello!, before McAdams was an actor, she actually dabbled in figure skating. But after she went to a theater camp one summer, she realized acting was her passion. “I didn’t deal well with the pressure in skating the way I seem to in acting,” she said, adding, “The nerves got to me, and I’d get paralyzed. Whereas when I’m acting, the nerves propel me into action.” McAdams proved this with her performance as the combative Regina George, as the role definitely pushed her out of her comfort one. “It was hard,” she told Hello! of the breakout gig, adding, “I’m not a big fan of confrontation, and there are a lot of confrontational scenes in Mean Girls.”

Lacey Chabert had a few small roles before the movie

Gretchen Weiners certainly had some of the most iconic lines in Mean Girls, not to mention a totally memorable name. But the actor behind Gretchen Weiners wasn’t all that iconic before Mean Girls came out. Lacey Chabert is now a staple on The Hallmark Channel, but before all the fame, Chabert was just a kid from Purvis, Miss., who happened to have Hollywood dreams.

According to the Clarion Ledger, Chabert’s family apparently supported those dreams from a young age, as the entire clan packed up and moved to New York City when Lacey was 7, so she could pursue Broadway stardom. It all worked out two years later when she landed the role of Cosette in the landmark show Les Misérables, followed by a recurring role on the soap All My Children when she was 10. 

After Mean Girls, Chabert became somewhat of a Christmas-movie queen on Hallmark, which anyone who knew her as a kid probably could have seen coming. In a throwback post on Instagram, Chabert shared a sweet holiday photo of her and her sisters, captioned, “Christmas with my two besties.” In another throwback post, Chabert showed a photo of herself as a baby in front of a Christmas tree (above right). “Obsessed with Christmas since 1983,” she captioned it. Being famous might have changed Chabert’s life, but it clearly hasn’t changed who she is in her heart: a girl who loves family and Christmas.

Mean Girls put Amanda Seyfried 'on the map'

Though some child and teen stars are known throughout the world (think Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Miley Cyrus, or Shirley Temple), most child stars aren’t all that famous, and even teenage actors don’t get to be well-known unless they star in something truly iconic. The same can be said for Amanda Seyfried. According to Biography, the beautiful blonde who played Karen Smith in Mean Girls, had actually been acting since she was 15, appearing on popular daytime soap operas like As The World Turns and All My Children

Even Seyfried recognizes that Mean Girls “put [her] on the map” as she described it to Allure (via MTV) in 2009. But that’s not all. The teen comedy also introduced her to the wonderful world of craft services. “Oh my god, I ate everything!” she told Entertainment Tonight of her fondness for the on-set catering, adding, “It was the first movie that I had ever done, so I just ate everything.” Seyfried went on the add that she was so young when she starred in Mean Girls, it was really formative experience for her. “I had the best time,” she explained. “It started [filming] in September, when I had graduated high school, so it was ‘college’ for me.” Clearly, Mean Girls was more than a meal ticket for Seyfried, but from the looks of the adorable throwback photo She posted of herself (above right), food has always been a pretty important part of her life.   

Lizzy Caplan really blossomed after Mean Girls

When you first watched Mean Girls, you might have thought Janis Ian, the alternative artsy girl who befriended Cady Heron, looked familiar. That’s because Lizzy Caplan, the actor who played Janis, had already landed roles on popular shows like Freaks and Geeks and Smallville (shown above right). It’s undeniable, however, that Mean Girls was Caplan’s big break.

But the reason Caplan got started in the entertainment industry is actually pretty bleak. In a 2014 Rolling Stone profile, the mag described her formative years like so: “The childhood of a typical Jewish L.A. kid, a bat mitzvah, a domineering piano teacher, a trip to Israel, and a liberal home.” But Caplan’s “typical” childhood was interrupted when her mom “fell ill and died when Caplan was 13.” Explaining how the tragedy somehow propelled her onto the Hollywood track, Caplan told the outlet, “Strangely, from that age on I thought the only reason why I could even attempt to be an actress was because this horrible thing happened to me.” 

Perhaps even stranger was the fact that Caplan hit it big in comedies after drawing on such a somber motivation for her career. But since Mean Girls, Caplan’s resume expanded into many genres, like horror for HBO’s True Blood and drama for Showtime’s Masters of Sex, the latter of which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2014.  

Jonathan Bennett wasn't really famous before Mean Girls

Just like Cady Heron, fans probably had a tough time taking their eyes off of Aaron Samuels, the certified hunk of Northshore High School and object of desire for both Cady and Regina George. Clearly, he had the looks, but Jonathan Bennett was actually just getting his feet wet as an actor when he landed his Mean Girls role. Before the big break, Bennet only had just 7 smaller credits in movies and shows, including Law and Order and All My Children. And while his film career didn’t exactly blow up after Mean Girls, he’s logged steady work ever since, most notably as the host of Food Network’s Cake Wars

Regardless of his status, the Ohio-born Bennett was always going to end up in front of a camera, at least, that’s what said during an interview with Resident. “There was never a time that I started acting. I knew when I was three or four that I was going to be an actor,” he told the outlet, which noted his first-ever performance “as a munchkin in a production of The Wizard of Oz.” Then it was on to The Big Apple and a brief stint on All My Children, after which Bennett made the big New York-to-LA move that any actor shooting for Hollywood stardom eventually makes. Along the way, he snagged the best actor honors at the 2003 Palm Beach International Film Festival for his role in an independent film, proving that even though he wasn’t well-known yet, he had the goods. 

Tina Fey knew about real-life mean girls firsthand

Part of what makes Mean Girls so iconic and relatable is that it isn’t just the teenagers who get involved in the drama, it’s the adults, too. Tina Fey’s character, Ms. Norbury, has moments when she feels bullied by the mean girls, and shows that teachers have to deal with a lot more than just lesson plans. But even though Fey wrote the screenplay for the movie, and starred in it, Mean Girls was far from her first big role.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Fey headed to Chicago after graduating with a drama degree from the University of Virginia. The Windy City gave Fey her start in the world of comedy after she earned a spot in Second City’s “Mainstage company as an understudy,” according to her profile with the legendary comedy training organization. By the time Fey penned the screenplay forMean Girls, she was already SNL’s head writer.

Speaking with The New York Times the real-life inspiration behind the film, Fey said, “I revisited high school behaviors of my own — futile, poisonous, bitter behaviors that served no purpose. That thing of someone saying ‘You’re really pretty’ and then, when the other person thanks them, saying, ‘Oh, so you agree? You think you’re pretty?’ That happened in my school. That was a bear trap.” We have to wonder what those real-life mean girls think of Fey now. 

Amy Poehler had been acting long before Mean Girls

Another hilarious character from Mean Girls was Regina George’s mom, played by Amy Poehler. Like her friend and frequent collaborator, Tina Fey, Poehler also honed her comedy chops at Chicago’s Second City before moving on to Saturday Night Live. Prior to all that, according to Biography, Poehler was raised in Burlington, Mass, with two schoolteacher as parents. Shown above right is one of Poehler’s earliest acting gigs from the late 90’s, a recurring role as Stacy, Andy’s little sister on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. But when Poehler was cast in Mean Girls, she somehow still wasn’t well-known enough to garner some basic Hollywood star privilege, despite the fact that she was also already an SNL regular at the time.  

In her book Yes Please (via Boston Magazine), Poehler describes how she and Fey were flying first-class to shoot Mean Girls, and a man was rude to them and told them they didn’t belong in first class. “All of my lower-middle-class Boston issues rose to the surface,” Poehler writes, adding, “I don’t like it when bratty, privileged old white guys speak to me like I am their mouthy niece. I got that amazing feeling you get when you know you are going to lose it in the best, most self-righteous way. I just leaned back and yelled, “F************K YOU.” Then I chased him as he tried to get away from me.” 

Hilarious? Yes. Would her schoolteacher parents approve? Probably also yes. 

Daniel Franzese's Mean Girls character meant a lot to him

One of the most beloved characters from Mean Girls was definitely Damian. Not only was he Janis Ian’s best friend, but he also had some of the best lines (“She asked me how to spell ‘orange'”) in the movie, as well as some of the best facial expressions. While it would seem like the man who made Glen Coco a legend owes his career to Mean Girls, actor Daniel Franzese only partially sees it that way.

In fact, Franzese, who only had only a few years of little-known credits to his name before Mean Girls, told them that he hit “the gay glass ceiling” after his big break. What this mean, essentially, was that Hollywood casting agents were only offering him roles fitting the “gay best friend” trope. Franzese refused those roles to his own detriment. “I turned down a lot of money as my fame was rising,” he told them, adding, “It’s a very weird thing to be famous and not be able to pay your rent.” 

He eventually found roles that better suited his personal values, but the time between that and his breakout was particularly tough for Franzese. Before he started acting, he struggled with his sexuality, and had a hard time coming out. Franzese even wrote a touching letter to his character from Mean Girls for IndieWire, in which he confessed, “I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. I might’ve been easier to be gay growing up.” 

Neil Flynn was 'Joe Dramatic Actor' before Mean Girls

Yes, Cady Heron was the new girl in Mean Girls. And yes, she was film’s the main character. But her father, played by Neil Flynn, was a total scene-stealer. By the time he signed on for the small movie role, the veteran comedic character actor was already a regular on Scrubs, as the iconic and ever-hilarious and sarcastic janitor.

In an interview with AV Club, Flynn explained his accidental start in comedy, as he initially considered himself “Joe Dramatic Actor” when he started out. “Then I came out [to Hollywood] and didn’t find any success for about five or six years, so I moved back to Chicago, more or less starting over,” he explained, adding that he randomly saw “this sign that said ‘ImprovOlympic,'” and signed up. Flynn said, “it was probably the single best professional decision I ever made.”

Over 70 screen credits to his name later, yeah, we tend to agree. 

Ana Gasteyer has always been hilarious

Mrs. Heron, played by Ana Gasteyer, had some great moments in Mean Girls, but looking at her life, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Gasteyer has a lot in common with Tina Fey, as she was also a Saturday Night Live star. Gasteyer even went on to star in other Fey projects, such as Netflix’s Wine Country, another hilarious comedy. 

The gorgeous and funny Gasteyer broke onto the scene in 1996 with her Saturday Night Live debut, but before that, her was still extremely interesting. In fact, she told Us Weekly that she is “legally blind in [her] right eye,” and had to wear “an eye patch for much of [her] early childhood,” which she used to her advantage to land “her first standout role in a play [as] Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker [in middle school].” We swear that’s not an SNL sketch.

While that all sounds kind of rough, Gasteyer also told The Washingtonian how grateful she was for her childhood in Washington, D.C. “It was incredibly diverse and incredibly beautiful in terms of the architecture,” she told the outlet, adding, “My mom was one of the founders of the Eastern Market, and helped renovate that area. She was very active in the community association.” Cleary, before Gasteyer was famous, she was aware of how lucky she is, and that likely remains true today.

Tim Meadows worked hard to make it in comedy

Another Saturday Night Live alumni who graced the screen in Mean Girls was Principal Duvall, played by Tim Meadows. Meadows appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1991 until 2000, so he was already pretty famous before Mean Girls, and in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Meadows explained that he owed a lot of his success to his upbringing. 

“Probably the work ethic that was instilled in me in Detroit,” Meadows said of his childhood, adding “I like working, I work a lot. I feel guilty when I’m not working. It comes from my parents and the way my family was. We were always taught about education and working and living up to your potential and working harder than other people in order to be successful.” Additionally, according to ABC, the Michigan native “studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University before performing improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon.”

Clearly, Meadows put in the work to achieve his stardom, but is it really any wonder that the Ladies Man himself had any trouble wrangling some catfighting high school girls?  

Mean Girls was Rajiv Surendra's last big role

There are few musical numbers in cinematic history more memorable than the rap Kevin Gnapoor (or Kevin G as he’s better known) performs at the Winter Talent Show in Mean Girls. It’s such an impressive moment as the mathlete turns into a total, certified rapper on stage in front of the entire school. But Mean Girls was definitely the biggest moment in actor Rajiv Surendra’s Hollywood career. In fact, he took just one role after Mean Girls in 2005, before handing in his Hollywood card for his current occupation, which actually goes back to his childhood. In addition to being an author, Surendra is also a calligrapher, something he was passionate about before all the fame. 

But the pursuit of that passion was the result of a pretty massive disappointment for the up-and-coming star. In an interview with HuffPost, Surendra explained how he learned about director Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning adaptation of the book Life of Pi while he was on-set for Mean Girls. Instantly gripped by the role, Surendra made it his singular goal to get cast. He even travelled to India to extensively research for the character, but his “dream was over in an instant” when Lee cast someone else. He ended up walking away from the business right then, or as he explained it in an Instagram post plugging his book about the whole experience, “Fate had a greater journey in store for me.”  

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'The Bachelorette': Rachel Lindsay Speaks Out About Why 'Silence on Social Media Is Saying A Lot'

The Bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, was on season 13 of the long-running reality TV show on ABC. She found love and is still happily married to Brian Abasolo. Since leaving the show, she has used her platform of almost 1 million followers to tackle tough questions surrounding urban culture, politics, sports, current affairs, and entertainment. 

Following the death of George Floyd, she did not hesitate to speak out about racial injustice. She took it a step further, talking specifically about what silence on social media is saying.

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‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay called out racism in ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

The Bachelor franchise had one African-American lead on the show in its 40 seasons. Rachel Lindsay was the first black Bachelorette on Season 13. Over the many seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, the show has had 40 lead contestants — only one of those was black — Lindsay. 

“The system isn’t working in giving us a Bachelor who is a person of color,” Lindsay told Entertainment Tonight. “So we need to change the system. Something has to be done. Break the rules, step outside the box, give the people what they want!”

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The 35-year-old attorney was not quiet when the show producers chose another white man for season 24 of The Bachelor. Although her season was the most diverse than ever before, the show did not continue the trend.

Rachel Lindsay believes that ‘white silence’ on social media is saying a lot

“I’m not saying that you have to speak out and have this, you know, this whole spiel about black lives matter,” Lindsay told CBS News. 

Lindsay understands that you might not have known what to say in the past. However, she believes that now you have to say something. She encourages people to check on their friends to see how they are doing and speak out.

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“You should be so disturbed in the way that we are, that you can’t help but speak out,” Lindsay continued.

She encourages people to use their voices and platforms to take a stand because the silence is “perpetuating these cycles of violence.”

Lindsay encourages private discussions as well as public posts on social media 

“I’m not even necessarily saying that I need you to post,” the former Bachelorette continues. “But at the bare minimum, a friend would reach out to another friend. ‘How are you doing during this time? I’ll admit that I’ve been silent. I’ll admit that I’ve ignored some of the issues that you face as a black person. But I want you to know that I’m your friend and I see you, and I hear you.’ I am paying attention to friends that aren’t doing that.”

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Lindsay also blogs weekly to answer questions from fans ranging from racism and biracial couples to friendship quarrels. She hopes to have a safe space for fans to ask any questions they have.

“The first step is being aware that there is a problem,” she wrote in her June 1, 2020, Honestly Rach blog post. “Register to vote and make your voice heard on your ballots. Don’t continue to allow these injustices to define our society.”

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EastEnders spoilers: Death tragedy, Gray's rage and murder trauma

Whitney Dean’s (Shona McGarty) head is all over the place in EastEnders as she is haunted by the death of Leo King and does everything she can to piece things together to help her case. But as Gray Atkins (Toby Alexander-Smith) helps her out, lines get blurred and things get even more complicated…

Meanwhile, Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) arranges a memorial for Dennis Rickman but while Sharon Mitchell (Letitia Dean) is grateful, Ian’s guilt weighs heavily on him…

Monday 8 June

Whitney is haunted by the memory of Leo’s death. Gray takes her back to his place and talks her through the case, warning previous relationships could be used against her. Gray approaches Mick and Linda and learns that Lee once hit Whitney.

Ian arranges a memorial for Dennis and he does a speech but is overcome. Phil arrives and delivers an emotional speech. Meanwhile, tension rises between Phil and Sharon.

Peter asks Dotty to fix his car but she refuses. Later, she changes her mind – but she wants double the money. Later, they share a kiss but Dotty pulls away and makes a quick exit.

Mick and Linda have their eyes on a house to rent but worry about Phil’s money. Keegan blanks a devastated Tiffany but later as they meet, he has a bombshell.

Tuesday 9 June

Chantelle borrows Gray’s car to pick up computers but doesn’t realise he has installed a tracking device and he is infuriated to discover she has made several journeys. When he then discovers that the car was taken to Stratford, he assumes that Chantelle is having an affair and angrily confronts her.

Meanwhile, Whitney tries to piece together details of the night Leo died. As she breaks down, Gray comforts her, Whitney tries to kiss him.

Peter runs a fitness class and Dotty flirts with him. After the session, she tells him he wasn’t such a bad kisser – but Ian catches them together and is horrified.

Rainie tells Habiba that she isn’t interested in Max’s money but he voices his concern to Ian about signing over half the restaurant to him.

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