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Janis Ian
Janis Ian
Appeared in Mean Girls
Age 15 (presumably)
Occupation High School Student
Portrayed by Lizzy Caplan

Janis Ian is one of the main characters in Mean Girls. She is portrayed by Lizzy Caplan. In mean girls on broadway she is portrayed by Barrett Wilbert Weed.

Janis is the very first person Cady Heron meets after becoming a student at North Shore High School. Early in the movie, we find out that she doesn't really have a good reputation in school and that other students constantly make jokes regarding her appearance.

She's also a very close friend of Damian Leigh and the two have a pretty weird and funny relationship which can be seen in many memorable scenes throughout the movie. Janis claims that Damian is 'too gay to function' and it's only okay when she says it.

Early Life

Some of what is known about Janis' past is that, she is of Lebanese heritage, she comes from a normal two parent family in suburbia and has grown up in this town with the other students portrayed in the film (This knowledge later becomes paramount for new student Cady to whom Janis acts as a liaison for. )

Even though she was Regina George's best friend all the way through the eighth grade, when hitting highschool there was an unexplained altercation causing the girls to go seperate ways. Janis took this opportunity to start expressing her set through style and the arts, something she was not allowed to do whilst under Regina's tyranny.

Soon after exiting the plastic's inner circle, Regina started spreading rumors that Janis was a lesbian, and not to be trusted. This sets up the reason for the revenge plot that Janis devised and recruited Cady to help her carry out. 

Mean Girls

At the beginning of the movie, Janis is considered to be a social outcast. She befriends Cady, and they skip class together along with Damien. At lunch, when Cady sits with the Plastics, Janis feels betrayed and hurt. Later, Janis confronts her and asked why she did that. Unlike Cady, Janis knew from the start that Regina was mean, and a bully. After the Halloween dance, when Cady leaves crying, because Regina stole Aaron back, she thinks up a plan to destroy Regina. It is later revealed that Regina used to be friends with Janis, until Regina had a girl's party and found out Janis was lesbian. Janis, Damien, and Cady work together to think up of good plans to hurt Regina. When they succeed, Cady becomes the new queen bee. Karen and Gretchen talk Cady into having a small get together, which turned into a huge party. Regina eventually finds out, and Cady vomits on Aaron, so as Cady is going outside, Damien and Janis drive by. Janis accuses Cady to be cold, shiny, hard plastic. Cady is no longer innocent. She then throws Cady a picture of the three together. But when Cady is crowned Spring Fling Queen, and decides to share the crown with everyone, the two are on good terms again.

Physical Appearance

Janis has fair skin, which along with her black hair color and overall dark makeup, makes her look like a goth. Regina stated that Janis cut all of her hair during the eighth grade and ever since, people started to make fun of her - calling her a 'drug addict' or saying that she has a 'cool wig'.

Her style is a late 90's grunge look meets early emo. A look that would have blended well in any major city like Seattle or NYC. Unfortunately her cutting edge taste is wasted on middle America. It is important to point out that the book which the movie is based off of takes place at a time when the Kate Moss, Chanel Vamp, Alternative Music, and all things grunge, was sweeping the nation. This adds to the cool factor that only the schools resident gay seems to recognise and appreciate.