If you're from Africa.. why are you white?

Karen Smith is one of the main characters in Mean Girls. She is portrayed by Amanda Seyfried.

Karen is a member of the Plastics, and a student at North Shore High School, also John Bennett is her roommate. While she's shown to be extremely stupid and completely clueless in many occasions, she is easily influenced by Regina George and Gretchen Wieners. Despite her being portrayed as a 'stupid girl' of the group, Karen is actually really nice and friendly. Just like her fellow Plastics, Karen also comes from a wealthy family.

She is notably the most feminine one in the group, and even Regina admitted that Karen should win the Spring Fling Queen crown.  

After the Plastics broke up towards the end of the movie, it is revealed that Karen now does weather reports.  

Early life

Close to nothing is known about Karen's childhood, except that she comes from a powerful and rich family.

Mean Girls

Karen makes her first appearance on the school's football court, being hit by ball, unable to catch it. It was at this moment that Janis Ian introduced her as the 'dumbest girl you'll ever meet'.

Later, in the cafeteria, as Cady is looking for a place to seat, she gets picked on by Jason in front of the Plastics' table. Karen, alongside her two fellow Plastics, invited her to join them for the lunch, where she started to ask Cady some very odd and hilarious questions such as "If you're from Africa, why are you white?". At the Halloween party, she goes as a sexy mouse and flirts with her cousin. Throughout the movie, there are a few jokes made at Karen's expense from Regina but she rarely seems to catch on. She tells Cady that her breasts can always tell when it's raining, and that she can fit her whole fist in her mouth.

During the trust fall, she is the only one to try and catch Gretchen after her apology. Later at the Spring Fling, Karen comes with a backwards 'K' on her chest. At the end of the movie, she is doing the weather and uses her breasts to report that there's a chance that it's already raining, while she is stood in the pouring rain.

Physical Appearance

Karen has relatively long blonde straight hair, which she hasn't changed throughout the movie. She has light-blue eyes, and often wears a pink lipstick. Karen is mainly seen wearing purple, pink, or white.

Even after Plastics finally broke up and found themselves in different directions, Karen remained the same and her appearance hasn't changed.


While Karen has a reputation of being promiscuous, the only romantic interest she has shown through the entire movie was towards her cousin, Seth Mosakowski. Karen refers to him as her 'first cousin' and says that it's okay to make-out with him.

Karen and Regina have a powerful friendship through the entire movie, even though Regina proudly made fun of her being promiscuous. On Regina's billboard in her bedroom, most of the pictures seen that aren't from magazines or fun novelties are of Karen or Aaron. Even so, Regina still thinks that Karen is worthy of being a queen in the school's Spring Fling. Also, other than the time Regina called Karen a 'whore' when she poorly pretended to be sick, or when she kicked Karen out from sitting with them at lunch because she wore a vest, Regina hadn't openly critiqued her, at least not in front of her.

Gretchen and Karen have a somewhat complicated friendship. Despite them being constantly together, Karen secretly thinks that Gretchen is annoying, and would much rather hang out with Regina instead of her.

While Cady and Karen only had several small talks. Overall, they both keep a steady friendship through the movie and are later seen to hang out together towards the movie's finale.

Memorable Quotes

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    "So that's against the rules, and you can't sit with us."
  • "So if you're from Africa, why are you white?"
  • "Do you wanna do something fun? Do you wanna go to Taco Bell?"
  • "I can't go out. *cough, cough* I'm sick."
  • "I'm a mouse, duh."
  • "I can put my whole fist in my mouth! Wanna see?"
  • "It's like I have ESPN or something."
  • "Why are you dressed so scary?"
  • "No, I am actually. I'm failing almost everything!"
  • "Gretchen, I'm sorry I laughed at you that time you got diarrhea at Barnes & Noble."
  • "On Wednesdays, we wear pink."
  • "My breasts can always tell when it's going to rain."
  • "Yeah, but he's my first cousin."

In Mean Girls: Return of the Plastics

Karen Smith appears as a playable character in the game, labeled as the Most Dumbest. Her power-up consists of slowing down any Plastics near her, which can give an advantage to the player's Cliques to attack.


Main Characters
Regina GeorgeGretchen WienersJanis IanKaren SmithCady HeronDamian Leigh