bebe wood
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Bebe Wood

Bebe Wood is no stranger to acting. The Cuban-American actress and singer-songwriter started her acting journey professionally at 10 years old acting opposite Tina Fey in an episode of 30 Rock. Mean Girls based on the Broadway musical finds Wood reuniting with Fey as director to portray the iconic role of Gretchen Weiners as part of The Plastics.

The actress sat down with EUPHORIA. to discuss her experience filming the movie.

bebe wood
photo: Orion Bustamente

She said on receiving the role that it was a huge honor. “I love Mean Girls so much. I grew up with it. I love Tina Fey. She’s just one of my favorite people and creators,” she says. “The moment that I found out about the part, I was in an Uber and I was on my way to a gig I was performing. I was pulling up to the theatre when I got the call and I was trying to keep my cool. I got out of the car. I went into the theatre and the moment the greenroom door closed, I went to my friend and was freaking out!”

One of the tracks featured in the musical film is titled “What’s Wrong With Me” and finds Weiners front and center.

“Jeff Richman is so incredibly talented. I asked if I could sing ‘What’s Wrong With Me’ live on the day and they very kindly said, “Yes let’s try it.” I got to work and they gave me a little earwig and I started singing. It was a hugely positive experience. It was a lot of fun. I was a little nervous but I had the best time. Angourie Rice [Cady Heron] was there for that and it was nice to share that moment with her. I love that song and I think it’s so raw and vulnerable.”

It was a highlight for the actress to work alongside powerhouse actress and musician Reneé Rapp who actually starred in the Broadway production as Regina George. “It was so much fun! She makes me laugh so hard. I have a camcorder and while we were filming, I was filming everything on my camcorder,” she explains.

bebe wood
photo: Orion Bustamente

“Every single day, I would show up to work and pull out my camcorder and this past weekend, obviously the movie came out and now there’s a lot of Mean Girls stuff happening so I was like, ‘You know what would be fun? Let me crack open the camcorder and let me look at some of this footage I had recorded’ and I truly captured some funny fucking moments. I’m editing a little sizzle reel together basically of all the funny shit Reneé says,” she continued.

Of course, there are the moments fans and viewers don’t get to see. Wood shared that as a group they would go to the arcade a lot and would play games. “Jaquel and Chris would get really competitive with each other on the air hockey table. We played a lot of Garage Band as a group or serenade the entire arcade whether they liked it or not. We had the best time ever! There are so many iconic moments. I shared a wall with Tim Meadows and it was such a delight to hear what music he was playing. Every single day, I feel like he would always have a difficult musical mood and I could hear the music he was listening to. He was Dj-ing my day in a lot of ways.”

Wood revealed that her favorite scene to film changes often. She thinks about it a lot. “All of the Halloween stuff was so much fun. I loved getting to be in my cat costume. I loved watching Avantika do her thing. She’s just so talented. I’ve been listening to “Sexy” on repeat ever since Friday. She’s so good in that song. I love her so much! And the winter talent show is obviously so iconic.”

bebe wood
photo: Orion Bustamente

There was some stuff the star took away from playing Weiners and the whole filming experience in general.

“It represents girlhood so well and on so many different levels. And especially on the backdrop of social media and in our version there are a lot of things to take away and consider. The way we talk to people and the words we choose to say are important and they hold a lot of weight. I think being mindful of that is something that I’ve taken from the movie. On a personal level, I’m taking away friendships I’ve made with the cast and crew and I love them very much and I’m so thankful that I’ll be taking those friendships with me.”

The actress reiterated that there are a lot of things that viewers and fans can take away after seeing the film. “I think depending on what your life consists of and where you are currently at mentally you’ll probably perceive a different message. There’s something in it for everyone. I think the movie will be relevant to you regardless of who you are. I think on what people can expect is so much fun. That’s one of my favorite parts of our film is that our film and the original film focus on these social dynamics present amongst young women and present amongst high schools in general. What I love about our movie is despite all the chaos and some of the negativity happening, I think our characters are still able to find unbridled joy which I think is really cool and really necessary right now.”

This will not be the last time we see or hear of Bebe Wood. She has a lot of exciting plans for her future.

“I’m looking forward to releasing new music!” she reveals. “I’ve been writing and planning to go into the studio hopefully soon and record some of that stuff. I’d love to eventually down the line create and write films and shows of my own. What’s up next for me is probably just training my puppy because he is so cute and I love him.”