Tina Fey admits she was a mean girl in high school, calls it a ‘bad coping mechanism’

Tina Fey admits her film Mean Girls might’ve somewhat mirrored her own life in high school, admitting she was a version of Regina George in her teen days.

In an interview with The Edit, Fey said she used it as a way to “level the playing” field when she felt insecure.

“I admit it openly,” she said about her mean girl tendencies. “That was a disease that had to be conquered…It’s a bad coping mechanism.”

She went on to say that “when you feel less than (in high school, everyone feels less than everyone else for different reasons) in your mind it’s a way of leveling the playing field. Though of course it’s not.”

Part of the reason she got into comedy is because she used it as a coping mechanism to her shortcomings, which she fully admits.

Fey also said knowing what goes on in a teen mean girl’s mind makes her terrified of them. “If I meet a girl of 14 or 15 today who is that kind of girl, I am secretly, in my body, afraid. Even though I’m 45,” she admitted.

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