Here's what Kevin G. from 'Mean Girls' is up to today

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  • Rajiv Surendra, the author of "The Elephants In My Backyard: A Memoir," is best known for his portrayal of Kevin G in the Tina Fey-written "Mean Girls." He recounts his famous role, how he once ran away from home and became a nanny in Munich, starting a business in New York, and what else he's up to these days. Following is a transcript of the video.

    "Oh please. It’s called 'Mean Girls' and it’s starring Lindsay Lohan. It’s going straight to DVD."

    I’m Rajiv Surendra and many of you probably know me as Kevin G. the rapping mathlete from “Mean Girls.”

    I can never forget that rap. No one will let me forget the rap. I didn’t think this rap was going to be a big deal. And I had no idea that was going to become one of the iconic moments of "Mean Girls." This two-minute ridiculous rap.

    "Aaall youuu

    Sucka emcees ain't got nothin' on me!

    From my grades to my lines

    You can't touch Kevin G!

    I'm a mathlete, so nerd is inferred.

    But forget what you heard.

    I'm like James Bond the Third

    Sh-sh-shaken, not stirred. I'm Kevin Gnapoor.

    The G is silent when I sneak in your door

    And make love to your woman on the bathroom floor.

    I don’t play it like Shaggy. You'll know it was me

    ‘Cuz the next time you see her, she be like,'Ohhh! Kevin G!'"

    "Mean Girls" was a lot of fun to shoot because no one on set was a big star. So there were no divas on set. The only sort of big name on set was Lindsay. And Lindsay, at that point, wasn’t a huge star.

    I remember sitting in the hair and makeup chair one morning and asking the hair stylist how she thought it would do. She had worked on some pretty big movies and she was like, "Oh please. It’s called 'Mean Girls' and it’s starring Lindsay Lohan. It’s going straight to DVD." Then "Mean Girls" came out and it became this big thing and I was shocked. And it still surprises me that 14-year-olds come up to me and say,"Oh my God! You’re Kevin G."

    When I auditioned for "Mean Girls," I was at this point in my life as an actor where I was so frustrated with the stereotype. Parts like mine were atypical. This rapping math guy that didn’t have an Indian accent and bobble his head. And I felt like Tina Fey had written this accurate depiction of what it meant to be a first-generation Indian guy in North America.

    On the set of "Mean Girls," the cameraman had read a book and he came up to me one day and was like,"You’re the lead character in this book I just finished."

    And I was like,"Oh yea. Is he brown?"

    And he’s like,"Actually, yea, he is."

    The book happened to be "Life of Pi."

    Cause here, finally, was that lead role that wasn’t playing the stereotypical, nerdy Indian kid. This was an authentic Indian kid. And I made it my mission to land that part. I dropped out of college. I flew to South India where the book takes place. I enrolled in the boy's school that Pi attends, this little seminary called Petit Seminaire. And I learned how to walk like those Indian kids. How to talk like them. I wanted to perfect that South Indian accent.

    The adaptation of the book went through 5 different directors. All the while I continued researching for this part. This was something that was to continue for 6 years. This stop-and-go pattern. And then a few months later, after this six-year journey, I found out that Ang Lee, the final director, didn’t want an actor. He wanted the real thing.

    So I was kind of crushed when I found out someone else was cast. So I actually ended up running away from home. I moved to Munich and I became a nanny for two little kids. Running away was actually kind of the best thing for me. It allowed me to kind of mourn the loss of this big dream that I had. This huge goal that I chased after. I really learned that you really shouldn’t let the fear of failure stand in your way. If you’re willing to take chances amazing things can happen.

    I had come back to Toronto a couple of times and I had very casually started this calligraphy business. So I was doing to chalkboard menus at restaurants and cafes in Toronto and it kind of became a thing. So I run a calligraphy business out of New York called Letters In Ink, I’m now an author and I still continue to audition for tv shows and movies.

    Well, people are looking at the book, considering turning it into a movie and I would love for that to happen. I think it would be so ironic if the role that I ended up playing was myself. Woody Allen. Where are you? What’s your next movie? It’s this right here Woody.

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Comments: 93

  • kimberly washington

    He's still cute 😍

  • Riley Kuo
    Riley Kuo Month ago

    he is still so funny after 13 years. the way he talks makes me laugh.
    but the Kevin G rap in 2017 sounds a bit occupational burnout. hahaha

  • Veetha.Thuran
    Veetha.Thuran 2 months ago +2

    Very interesting and down to earth guy!

  • mi' ka ya
    mi' ka ya 2 months ago +3

    "she doesn't even go here"

    *looks away suspiciously*

  • Nnot
    Nnot 2 months ago +1

    It would have been so much better if he had been cast in Life of PI instead.

  • coco loco
    coco loco 2 months ago

    He needs to have a show.

  • xuimod
    xuimod 2 months ago

    The fat gay guy laughs at him in Mean Girls. Will never forget that.

  • Yaseen
    Yaseen 2 months ago +1

    Boo you whore

  • Aaron Sanroe
    Aaron Sanroe 2 months ago

    funny guy

  • Bacchus
    Bacchus 2 months ago


  • Ms Phoenix Warmwood
    Ms Phoenix Warmwood 2 months ago

    Why don't desis pronounce their own names right? 🤔

  • Fidget Spinner
    Fidget Spinner 2 months ago

    he looks like a IRS scammer

  • Lawless
    Lawless 2 months ago +1

    oh cool, what a journey.

  • lidette711
    lidette711 2 months ago +21

    It's not too sad, he still stood up after he stumbled, and made something of himself. You rock, Kevin G. :-)

  • Nancy Lopez
    Nancy Lopez 2 months ago +2

    So not fetch ugh

  • June Ronan
    June Ronan 2 months ago +2

    lets face it... although i wish him success and flourishing but he is just another washed up actor in Hollywood who is trying to hit it big... sad.but true

  • Vin Nayar
    Vin Nayar 2 months ago +18

    I love you rajiv. You made indian kids in western cities seem cool but it will take several years to undo the damage that characters like apu from the Simpsons did to our diaspora.

  • Aninja
    Aninja 2 months ago +5

    awwe, he seems like such a likeable, cool guy!

  • Damian Flynn
    Damian Flynn 2 months ago +6

    "Life of Pi" was quite boring, pointless, and ridiculously overhyped.

    • Kahlil
      Kahlil Month ago

      The actor in it didn't really get any good roles after it either.

  • Dave Park
    Dave Park 2 months ago +3

    That awkward moment when you don't remember this character from the movie...

    • S. Green
      S. Green 2 months ago

      Dave Park how sway?

  • Mate Soul
    Mate Soul 2 months ago +5

    You can't sit with us.

  • Just another fucking weeb
    Just another fucking weeb 2 months ago +6

    Noone was a big star?
    Amanda Seyfried
    Rachel Macadams
    Lindsey Lohan
    Tina Fey
    The girl who plays Janice,
    all of those are big stars?!

    • SummerTime
      SummerTime 20 days ago

      No one knew any of them before the movie. Rachel wasn't super famous yet because The Notebook was released the same year as Mean Girls. Idk about Amanda because I know her more from Les Mis and Letters to Juliet (which both came after Mean Girls). Lindsay, I only know from like Mean Girls, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (same year as Mean Girls), and Freaky Friday (one year earlier). Tina was probably famous way before the movie.

    • hopelessthunder
      hopelessthunder 2 months ago

      I don't know. The idea of successful and well-known celebrities/A-List stars is really subjective from person to person, depending on what one's interests are. Just because an actor means something to one person, doesn't mean the actor holds the same amount of meaning to someone else. Perhaps to Rajiv Surendra, he believed the Means Girls cast wasn't that well-known at the making of the film, and his opinion should be respected. Also, if you look at Rachel McAdams' IMDB page, she really wasn't in anything that substantial prior to Mean Girls' release in 2004.

    • anxiety
      anxiety 2 months ago

      But the actor who plays Janice isn't a big enough actor to know her name.

    • Just another fucking weeb
      Just another fucking weeb 2 months ago

      hopelessthunder No they were already really famous maybe even more famous after the film but Mean Girls didn't make Rachel Mcadams a huge star she was already an A-list star since many people knew who she was before Mean girls came out.

    • Just another fucking weeb
      Just another fucking weeb 2 months ago

      Brownie8986 fuck you I understand what he was saying you retarded ass bitch, these stars were huge before mean girls I even knew who they were before the movie came out

  • Chester Dennis
    Chester Dennis 2 months ago +14

    This is so not fetch

    • İrem Meri
      İrem Meri 2 months ago

      Chester Dennis stop trying to make fetch happen

  • Poods
    Poods 2 months ago +6

    Oh my God! Life of Pi!! I just read an article on it from my school :D

  • Tenzin Wangden
    Tenzin Wangden 2 months ago +3

    lol...that rap...

  • Natalya Neidhart
    Natalya Neidhart 2 months ago +85

    Post you Mean Girls quote here!

    "My breasts can always tell when it's gonna rain."

  • Natalya Neidhart
    Natalya Neidhart 2 months ago +29

    He doesn't even go here!

  • Natalya Neidhart
    Natalya Neidhart 2 months ago +21

    "All you sucka emcees ain't got nothing on me, from my grades to my lines you can't touch Kevin G. I'm a mathlete, so nerd is the word, but forget what ya heard."

  • Jericho Welsin
    Jericho Welsin 2 months ago +1

    N E W M E M E A L E R T

  • رجل نادر
    رجل نادر 2 months ago +43

    Weird purple lips

    {DB} DYNAMICBOMB 2 months ago +1

    y do i get the notification but i didnt subbed??

  • TheSaltisReal
    TheSaltisReal 2 months ago +24

    Wicked. Life of Pi is amazing. The book and the film.

    HLINE 2 months ago +137

    this is so sad

    • Khushil Parikh
      Khushil Parikh 2 months ago

      I think she means sad in the sense it's moving and emotional not in the demeaning sense

    • HLINE
      HLINE 2 months ago

      and inspirational, i has talking about how he had prepared to be that character from life of pi and he didnt get it

    • Neptune !
      Neptune ! 2 months ago


    • bill hopkins
      bill hopkins 2 months ago

      HLINE how ?

  • TheHaxorusGirl
    TheHaxorusGirl 2 months ago +39

    So... is he being a "Kick Ass MC?"

    Anyone get that reference? Fine I'll delete my comment now.

  • Jonathan J.
    Jonathan J. 2 months ago +12

    He looks like a chick..

  • FuzzBeed XD
    FuzzBeed XD 2 months ago +1


  • XTYS3S
    XTYS3S 2 months ago +1

    2nd comment nibba

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