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Regina George's mother isn't like a regular mom, she's a cool mom! Right, Regina? (Please stop talking.)
So, what did it take to get that little dog to gnaw on Amy Poehler's nipple through her shirt in Mean Girls? It's no longer one of the great mysteries of teen comedy cinema, as the subject came up in a recent feature showcasing the cast of the beloved 2004 comedy ten years later. Rachel McAdams revealed that the "nipple" the dog was going for was actually a piece of cocktail wiener pinned to the inside of Amy Poehler's bra.
If your memory's rusty, you can watch the scene below, which introduces Poehler's character as the mother of Rachel McAdam's Regina George...
As Gretchen Weiners revealed to Cady earlier, Mrs. George's boobs are fake and "hard as rocks." This is demonstrated when the little chihuahua in Amy Poehler's arms attacks her nipple through her shirt, while Poehler's character chats away obliviously, much to her daughter's mortification.
Rachel McAdams explained how they made that work in the feature Entertainment Weekly ran celebrating the film's tenth anniversary. From what McAdams says, it sounds like the little dog really went to town...
They, like, pinned a piece of a cocktail wiener into her bra. I thought this dog was going to tear her apart. It was very effective. She was such a pro through it. She’s trying to do her lines and being so professional, and this dog is chomping on her fake boob. I’ll never forget that.
Being able to keep a straight face while being hilarious has always been one of Amy Poehler's biggest strengths as a comedic actor. It serves her well in Parks and Recreation, it served her well on Saturday Night Live, and it certainly served her well as cool-mom Mrs. George in Mean Girls.
EW's feature has some great little tidbits about the movie, including Tina Fey's reaction to learning Target sold a "You Go Glenn Cocco!" and which of the other actors tried out for the part of Regina George. Because everyone wants to be Regina George!