Here's why Ariana Grande didn't ask Lindsay Lohan to be in 'thank u, next' music video

3 December 2018, 11:13

Hannah Lux Davies, the director of Ariana Grande's 'thank u, next' music video, has revealed why original 'Mean Girls' star Lindsay Lohan wasn't asked to play Cady Heron in Ariana's tribute.

Ariana Grande's 'thank u, next' is undoubtedly the biggest music video moment of 2018, breaking YouTube's all-time record for "most views in the first 24 hours of release".

The new video pays tribute to four iconic 2000s movies - Bring It On, 13 Going on 30, Legally Blonde and Mean Girls.

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However not everyone's loving Ariana's remake, with the original Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan posting a slightly bitter response to being left out of the video.

The American actress shared a post on her Instagram, captioned: "Ain’t nobody Lindsay Lohan like the real Lindsay Lohan. But so flattered by @arianagrande loving #MeanGirls so much!"

Now, Hannah Lux Davies - who directed the video - has revealed to Cosmopolitan why Lindsay wasn't asked to be involved.

“No, we wanted to have her friends be the roles of her, of the plastics. From the get-go, Ariana was like, 'I’m gonna have Alexa [Luria] as Karen, and Courtney [Chipolone] as Gretchen, and Liz [Gillies] as Cady.'"

"She was really adamant about her friends being so prominent in the video," Hannah told the magazine.

Lindsay's part of Cady Heron was played by Ariana's Victorious co-star Elizabeth Gillies in the music video.

Ariana Grande's 'thank u, next' spent two weeks at Number 1 on The Official Vodafone Big Top 40 following its release. The song is one of the favourites to be the 2018 Christmas Number 1.