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"That is so fetch!"
―Gretchen Wieners[src]
"Okay it must be marked wrong."
―Gretchen, when Regina's dress didn't fit her[src]
"I think your top is Fetch!"
―Gretchen, trying to comfort Karen[src]
"It's the music box that I gave Regina that my abuelito gave me."
―Gretchen in Regina's Closet[src]

Gretchen Wieners is one of the main characters in Mean Girls. She is portrayed by Lacey Chabert in the movie, and Ashley Park in the musical. Gretchen is a member of the Plastics. She is the gossip girl in the group and the loyal sidekick of Regina George. She comes from an extremely rich family, as her father is the inventor of Toaster Strudel.  

Through the entire movie, Gretchen is shown to be one of the nicer members of the Plastics, only being mean-spirited under the influence of Regina. Gretchen is also the only person that knows almost all of Regina's family secrets such as the fact that her parents are having issues and that Regina secretly got a nose job at some point during her teenage years.  

Gretchen continuously tries to make a slang term, fetch, happen, even though everyone around her is annoyed by it. She has also shown to be really nice in certain situations, such as the moment she met Cady Heron and admired her bracelet. 

However, she can also be very pessimistic and downright negative, as she's always been self-conscious about her looks and keeps comparing herself to other girls in school. 

After the break-up of the Plastics toward the end of her Junior year, Gretchen eventually joined the Cool Asians clique of North Shore High School.

Appearance

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Gretchen's appearance after joining the Cool Asians clique.

Gretchen has shoulder length brunette hair, and she is the only brunette in the Plastics. She has Hazel eyes and wears makeup throughout the film, significantly more than her fellow Plastics. Her outfit in the promotion is a pink long-sleeved shirt that exposes her midriff, a brown and beige checkerboard pattern miniskirt, and black ankle-strap sandal heels.

She mentions that she enjoyed wearing hoop earrings as a personal accessory for quite some time, but was forced to give them up by Regina, after the latter claimed that is was 'her thing'.

After joining the Cool Asians clique, Gretchen's hair is straightened down. Finally, she's also wearing her beloved hoop earrings.

Gretchen's hair was described by Damien, to be "so big because it is full of secrets," when Cady gets introduced to the plastics for the very first time.

In the original script, Gretchen was described as scrawny and unattractive with a whiny and snivelling face. She was said to only be in The Plastics due to her nice clothes. However, she was changed to be described as beautiful in the movie when her actress was cast. Regina’s belief that Gretchen is not pretty comes from this.

Relationships

She had a boyfriend called Jason, but he seems to enjoy making her jealous, as he brought a friend who might have had a crush on him, Taylor Wedell, to Cady's get-together. However, Jason and Gretchen make out in Cady’s bathroom and it seems they do care about each other.


In Mean Girls (musical), Jason like to play girls, even she already have girlfriend, in Cady Party, Gretchen ask Jason if what he's thinking about, But Jason steal a little glance on the girls before looking away and look at Gretchen.

In The ending of Musical, Jason flirt with the "Girl", not knowing it was Gretchen, they ended breaking up.

She is best friends with Karen Smith and frequently watches out for her. For example, when Karen admits to her that she has kissed her first cousin Seth, she tries to help Karen understand that it's wrong to be romantically involved with someone with whom you share relations. When Regina calls her a slut, Gretchen seems to feel bad for her and takes it upon herself to tell Karen. When Gretchen, Cady, and Karen are sent to the principal's office for the Burn Book, Gretchen does not tell on Karen or Cady. She seems to accept Karen's apology, and in return, Karen is the only girl to catch Gretchen when she does her trust fall off the table.

Her relationship with Regina is a complicated one. While it is clear that Regina has confided a large amount of personal secrets in Gretchen, Gretchen often ends up spilling them without meaning to. After a slip up, she always says, "Don't tell Regina I told you that."

Regina is overly controlling and Gretchen is clingy, willing to do anything to keep Regina's trust and friendship. For example, she promised Cady she would keep her attraction to Regina's former boyfriend a secret, but gives the information over to her without a second thought. She gave up wearing hoop earrings when Regina told her she must, going so far as to turn down a pair of expensive white gold ones her parents gave her for Hanukkah.

She knows that Regina cheats on Aaron Samuels with Shane Oman, and seems to feel remorseful about it, but never tells anyone until she confesses to Cady. She is distressed, when Cady receives a candy cane from Regina and she does not. At the Winter Talent Show for the plastics performance of Jingle Bell Rock performance, she overreacts when Regina tells her to switch places with Cady, claiming she is "always" on Regina's left.

Gretchen and Cady Heron became good friends and when Gretchen began falling out with Regina she and Cady confided in each other. After Regina lost her status as Queen Bee to Cady, all of Gretchen’s loyalty switched to Cady.

When performing, there is visible space between her and the other Plastics, as though Regina's "rejection" had her unsure of her place in the group. When Regina cried over losing Aaron and claimed no one understood her, Gretchen ran after her saying "I understand you, please talk to me!" As Cady says "The meaner Regina was, the harder Gretchen tried to win her back."

Song

Tell me what's wrong with me?
My body, face, my hair
Tell me all my many faults
Tell me like you care

When we both know you're cruel
And we both know you're right
I could listen to you
Like a fool all night

What's wrong with me?
How I speak, how I dress?
What's wrong with me?
You keep me guessing

Mama called me beautiful
Don't believe her anymore...
Now I'm listening to you
What do I do that for?

Please don't ignore me
Tell me who we hate today
And I will fall in line
Hug me while my shoulders tense

And we'll pretend we're fine
Though we both know one day
There'll be blood on the floor
But which one will betray?

The other more
What's wrong with me?
Where's my mind? Where does it end?
Maybe I need to find a better friend...

What's wrong with me?
What can I do?
What's wrong with me?
Could it be you?

It's probably me
See that, you see
What's wrong with me?

Quotes

"Irregardless! Ex-boyfriends are just off limits to friends. I mean, that's just like, the rules of feminism!"
―Gretchen Wieners[src]
"You let it out, honey.. put it in the book."
―Gretchen Wieners[src]
"Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white!"
―Gretchen Wieners[src]
"I'm sorry that people are so jealous of me. But I can't help it that I'm popular."
―Gretchen Wieners[src]
"That's so fetch. / It is so fetch. / That is so fetch."
―Gretchen Wieners[src]
"If only you knew how mean she really is... You'd know that I'm not allowed to wear hoop earrings, right? Yeah! Two years ago she told me hoops earrings were her thing and I wasn't allowed to wear them anymore. And then for Hannakuh my parents got this pair of really expensive white gold hoops and I had to pretend like I didn't even like them and... it was so sad. And you know she cheats on Aaron? Yes, every Thursday he thinks she's doing SAT prep but really she's hooking up with Shane Oman in the projection room above the auditorium! I never told anybody that because I am such a good friend!"
―Gretchen Wieners to Cady Heron, before she starts to cry[src]
"Oh please. I hate my calves."
―Gretchen Wieners[src]
"I mean, no offense, but why would she send you a candy cane? She doesn't even like you that much."
―Gretchen Wieners[src]

Trivia

  • In the original script, Gretchen was going to be described as conventionally unattractive and only in The Plastics because of her nice clothes. This was changed to Gretchen being a beautiful girl when her actress was cast to play her.
  • Also in the original script, when Cady walked in on Gretchen and Jason in Cady’s bathroom, rather than them making out they were originally supposed to be having oral sex. This was changed to just a make out session however.
  • It has been confirmed that Gretchen is not a virgin. In a deleted scene, Karen mentioned Gretchen had sex with Jason twice (and they may have done it a third time at Cady’s Get-Together).


Main Characters
Regina GeorgeGretchen WienersJanis IanKaren SmithCady HeronDamian Leigh
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