44 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Teen Movies That Just Make Them That Much Better

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1.Jamie Lee Curtis was really playing the guitar in the Freaky Friday "Take Me Away" scene. She learned guitar for the role, as did Lohan.

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2.At the time of uttering the iconic Clueless line "You're a virgin who can't drive," Brittany Murphy actually was a virgin who couldn't drive.

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3.The KU hat Paul Rudd wore in Clueless was his own hat. He asked if he could wear it, and the director said it was fine as long as he gave it to wardrobe after so he wouldn't lose it. They ended up losing the hat.

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4.And the way Cher pronounced "Haitians" in the film? That wasn't scripted. That was how Alicia Silverstone actually thought it was pronounced.

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5.In 10 Things I Hate About You, Julia Stiles wasn't supposed to start crying in the poem-reading scene — it just happened organically.

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6.Drew Barrymore accidentally called 911 several times while filming the opening scene of Scream.

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7.Matthew Lillard improvised the fan-favorite line “my mom and dad are going to be so mad at me" from Scream.

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8.And the "what are you waiting for?" line from I Know What You Did Last Summer? That was suggested by a kid visiting set who'd won a contest to create a moment in the film.

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9.According to a DVD featurette, Paris Hilton was nervous to scream in her House of Wax death scene, so she asked the crew to join her — they obliged.

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10.Mia falling on the bleachers in The Princess Diaries was totally unscripted — Anne Hathaway really did accidentally fall, as it had just rained and the bleachers were slippery.

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11.The "Old Time Rock & Roll" dance scene in Risky Business was also largely improvised by Tom Cruise — the script originally just said "Joel dances in underwear through the house."

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12.Jon Heder, who played Napoleon, actually drew Napoleon's drawings in Napoleon Dynamite.

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13.Jon Heder didn't have a choreographer for Napoleon's famous dance scene — he "winged it" and then they cut together three different versions of his dance.

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14.Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke came up with a bunch of lines Edward could say to Bella when she's on his back the night before they shot the scene — she showed the options to Robert Pattinson, who chose the now-infamous "spider monkey" line.

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15.The scene where Edward catches the apple Bella drops took 13 takes — the apple was on a fishing line, but Pattinson still kept struggling to catch it.

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16.Similarly, the scene in Spider-Man when Peter catches the food on MJ's tray was not done with CGI — Tobey Maguire actually had to catch it (though his hand was glued to the tray), and it took 156 takes.

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17.Zac Efron had had a crush on Leslie Mann since he was 10 — so he was thrilled when she signed on to play his love interest in 17 Again.

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18.Amy Poehler wrote Kevin G's rap in Mean Girls and even coached him on delivery and choreography.

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19.The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban scene where Hermione punches Draco was originally supposed to be a slap — Tom Felton asked Emma Watson to try slapping him for practice. However, she slapped him super hard, and Tom said he walked away with his "tail between his legs." It was later changed to a punch.

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20.Also in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Alan Rickman and Michael Gambon played a prank on Daniel Radcliffe during the scene where all the students sleep in the Great Hall by putting a fart machine in his sleeping bag.

Michael Gambon as Dumbledore says "In our dreams, we enter completely our own world" then there's a fart noise and Alan Rickman cracks up
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21.According to the new HBO Max special Return to Hogwarts, the Phelps twins tricked Rupert Grint into thinking he was supposed to have learned a choreographed dance for the scene where he dances with McGonagall in Goblet of Fire.

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22.Lucas Grabeel came up with the idea to put a jazz square in Sharpay and Ryan's audition in High School Musical, and even added this iconic line — all in an homage to two choreographers he'd had as a kid.

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23.Also for High School Musical, Corbin Bleu carried a basketball with him everywhere to get into character — he even slept with it.

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24.And Sanaa Lathan did essentially the same to prepare for her role as Monica in Love & Basketball.

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25.According to the actor who played Young Monica, Kyla Pratt, the audience clapped during the Monica/Quincy sex scene because they were having safe sex.

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26.Also, Serena Williams was considered to star as Monica.

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27.Tom Holland kept making a "pffft" sound when shooting webs in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Tom says "I couldn't do that (web hand motion) without going pfft. .. I do 10 webs every scene, the poor sound guy's like, this fucking kid won't stop going 'pfft pfft pfft!'"
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28.And while filming a swinging stunt for Spider-Man: No Way Home, Holland farted on (current girlfriend and costar) Zendaya.

Tom saying he farted on Zendaya and her saying she felt the rattle
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29.Easy A director Will Gluck wrote the "Pocketful of Sunshine" scene based on the same thing happening with his family. His daughters found a Verizon Wireless musical ad insert that played the song in a magazine and kept opening and closing it for two weeks.

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30.Also, Emma Stone had her first ever asthma attack while filming the fake sex scene. It was only her second day filming and they had to stop.

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31.For Channing Tatum's She's the Man audition, he stuck a tampon up his nose, which was a joke from the film — except he stuck it up there plastic applicator and all, as he didn't know that part came off.

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32.When Channing's character Duke hits Malcolm in the head with the towel, he actually hit him in the eye — his flinch was real.

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33.You know that super-cute cuddling photo of Lara Jean and Peter in To All the Boys I've Loved Before that serves as Lara Jean's phone lock screen? That was really just a photo of Lana Condor and Noah Centineo. A crew member took the photo behind the scenes.

Lara Jean's lock screen of her and Peter cuddling
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34.Before one of their big kiss scenes, both Lana Condor and Noah Centineo ate cheeseburgers.

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35.Similarly, Joe Jonas was thinking about food during this steamy ~almost kiss~ scene with Demi in Camp Rock (because he could smell craft services)— and Demi was thinking about how their bangs looked (because they could see their reflection in Joe's eyes).

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36.Also, Demi has revealed their first kiss with Joe (who they ended up dating) was onscreen for the films.

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37.Rizzo's hickeys in Grease were real.

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38.Heathers producer Denise Di Novi (along with a few of the cast members) believed Shannen Doherty — who played Heather Duke — didn't know she was in a comedy — but Di Novi said this made the way she played the character perfect.

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39.Also re: Heathers — Winona Ryder's agent begged her not to take the role in the film because of how dark it was, but Ryder loved the script and took it anyways.

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40.The teeth-brushing scene in Bring It On was based on writer Jessica Bendinger's experience brushing her teeth with someone she was seeing at the time — though the part where Torrance hides her mouth as she spits was made up by Kirsten Dunst.

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41.Bring It On cast girl group Blaque to play some of the Clovers – it was their first acting job, and they kept looking in the camera.

Blaque at the 10th Annual Billboard Music Awards
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42.While Brittany Snow was filming John Tucker Must Die, she found out her boyfriend was cheating on her — and that the girl he was cheating with didn't know about her. She ended up befriending the girl, just like in the movie.

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43.Snow also said that her, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, and Arielle Kebbel got really close while filming, and they helped her get through that time.

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44.And finally, Ally Sheedy still has a piece of the library banister from The Breakfast Club, which she was given as a momento.

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