Ariana Grande's ‘Thank U, Next’ Video Stars Aaron Samuels From Mean Girls

If you're already excited for Ariana Grande's teen-movie inspired music video for 'Thank U, Next' we've got something to get you even more pumped.

While the musician hasn't announced a date when the project will be released, her parody of nostalgic movies from Bring It On and Legally Blonde to 13 Going on 30 and Mean Girls has been teased on her Instagram channel.

But here's the kicker: Jonathan Bennett, the original actor who played love interest Aaron Samuels in Mean Girls is reprising his role for the project.

Aaron - sorry - Jonathan posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday alongside Ariana with the caption: "Aaron [heart emoji] Regina. Thank U, Next."


While Jonathan is clearly playing Aaron Samuels, looking sexy in his signature blue sweater (sidenote: his hair is not pushed back), Ariana is in full pink Regina George garb (even though it wasn't Wednesday).

The pair continued the oft-quoted Mean Girls references in the comments section with Ariana commenting: "That's CRAZY......why would I break up with u? Ur so hot."

And Jonathan's witty reply: "So you agree?? You think I'm really hot?" If you know, you know.


Also starring alongside queen of the plastics Ariana in the Mean Girls homage will be her best friend Alexa Luria as Karen, Courtney Chipolone as Toaster Strudel heiress, Gretchen Weiners and star of Dynasty and fellow Victorious alumni, Elizabeth Gilles will be playing Cady Heron - and, like us, you'll probably do a double take to check it's not Lindsay Lohan.

The track refers to her past four relationships and those exes she's famously so f*cking grateful for including the late Mac Miller, who tragically died of an overdose in September this year and Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson - who Ariana has recently accused of 'clinging' onto being relevant by joking about their engagement.


Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson (Credit: PA Images)
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson (Credit: PA Images)

But far from being a diss track, the lyrics are more about learning lessons from failed relationships and finding love in yourself rather than from someone else:

"I met someone else. We having better discussions. I know they say I move on too fast. But his one gon' last. Cause her name is Ari, and I'm so good with that."

The song was the fastest in streaming history to reach 100 million Spotify hits, reaching the milestone in just 11 days. Grool.

Featured Image Credit: Amelia Jean Jones

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