Avantika Vandhanup, who starred as Karen Shetty in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Mean Girls, is the internet's newest It Girl.
In the film, which opened in theaters last week, she plays the iconic role of Karen, the lovable, cosmic member of the Plastics, originally played by Amanda Seyfried. Avantika, who goes by only her first name, says she is excited to finally play a South Asian character that doesn't fall into stereotypes.
“This movie felt like a microcosm of everything I wanted to experience but never got to experience, like being glamorous and popular and being able to talk about boys and the clothes we wear.” she said in an interview with Vogue. “Basically, it's something that kids at my school would look down on as empty.”
The 19-year-old actress started her career in Tamil and Telugu films. The school she attended valued her intelligence and there was fierce competition among her students.
“When I first saw Mean Girls, I was being bullied at a strict, predominantly South Asian school where kids were breaking into each other's lockers and leaking their report cards. ,” she said.
Despite racist comments on the internet that Indian girls aren't suitable for the role, Avantika said it was refreshing to once play a character defined by stupidity and popularity. Ta.
She wants young South Asian girls who grew up in similar circumstances to hers to see in Karen Shetty a different side of themselves, a side that's a little more fun.
“I love being in Hollywood and playing roles like this that break stereotypes,” she said.