Harry Styles was nearly offered a cameo in Mean Girls

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Harry Styles first rose to fame as one of the teen heartthrob singers in the British boy band One Direction. But since disbanding from the group, he's made a name for himself as a solo musician and has even dipped his toes into the acting world. So, when the Mean Girls movie musical production crew was working on casting for the movie, it's no surprise that Harry's name came up.

When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's co-directors Arturo Perez Jr. and Samantha Jayne spoke about the fact that they were trying to modernize the 20 year-old film while also keeping a lot of the original jokes that fans loved.

"There’s certain comedy that that flew and was funny 20 years ago, that just doesn’t fly today. We all knew that. But there are certain iconic lines where we would joke that there would be riots in the streets if it wasn’t in there," Jayne told THR.

One of those iconic lines that the directors knew they had to leave in the film was the scene in the original movie when Damien addresses Glen Coco, a largely throwaway character who only exists in the film to be congratulated for being so popular at their school, but who went on to become a pop culture icon.

So, who did they choose to play Glen Coco? The co-directors considered offering the role to Harry Styles, but they reveal that they ended up deciding against giving the pop star turned actor the iconic role for something a little more tongue-in-cheek.

"We were like Harry Styles could be Glen Coco! Then we were like, hold on, we love to break the fourth wall: What if we are all Glen Coco? So, after 20 years, we can all feel like Glen Coco," Jayne explained. In the end, they did choose to go for the fourth wall-breaking approach and the Glen Coco line is delivered looking directly into the camera, as if all the viewers themselves are Glen Coco.