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Elaine Hendrix, who played Meredith Blake in “The Parent Trap,” posted a TikTok about her character.
It went viral and TikTokers wondered if Meredith was the villain she was portrayed as.
People are also posting tributes to the character’s “iconic” style.
Actor Elaine Hendrix has gone viral with a TikTok video reimagining ‘The Parent Trap’ movie to commemorate the 24th anniversary of its release. Hendrix, who plays the villainous Meredith Blake in the film, inspired people to wonder if her character was really as bad as he seemed.
‘The Parent Trap’, released in 1998, sees Lindsay Lohan play identical twins Annie and Hallie, 11 years old, separated at birth and each raised by one of their parents, meeting for the first time at a camp of summer. then plot to bring their parents to reconcile.
Hendrix played Meredith Blake, a glamorous woman engaged to the father of the twins, a vineyard owner named Nick. Meredith is portrayed as the “bad guy” in the story who gets in the way of the family reuniting, even saying she wants to “ship those brats to Switzerland” after the wedding.
On July 29, exactly 24 years after the film premiered, Hendrix posted a TikTok video referencing his character. It showed Hendrix opening a bottle of wine while Adele’s “Easy On Me” played in the background. The onscreen captions began with “It’s a 10 but”, referencing a popular meme where people point out perceived shortcomings that make a potential romantic partner unattractive.
“He’s 10, but he had twins whom he secretly separated at birth when he broke up with their mother and didn’t tell you until the twins discovered each other at camp and swapped their places to try and reunite their parents,” the text read said.
He went on to describe the events depicted in the film from Meredith’s perspective, including the ‘pranks’ Annie and Hallie played on her on a camping trip, such as putting a lizard on her head and pushing her mattress inflatable in the lake while she slept. .
Hendrix’s video received 1.6 million likes and 6.7 million views, making it one of the most popular she has ever posted.
Several comments below the video were accompanied by the hashtag #justiceformeredithblake, with one person writing: “She was a successful woman who fell in love with a mulled wine father who lied about his family and was still in love of his ex.”
Other comments read, “Poor Meredith. You can do better” and “Growing up is realizing that Meredith Blake was a victim of circumstances and not a villain.”
Posts claiming “Meredith Blake wasn’t the bad guy” have circulated in the past, including a TikTok video posted by E! News in July 2021 which shows Hendrix in character explaining why Meredith was unfairly slandered.
Meredith’s style of dressing in the film also drew praise on the platform, with the creators calling her outfits “iconic.”
Hendrix has nearly 700,000 followers on his TikTok account and has previously made other videos referencing “The Parent Trap”, with comments under several videos telling him they “loved” his role in the film.
Hendrix also appeared in the 1997 film “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” and more recently played a Carrington on Netflix’s “Dynasty” alongside Elizabeth Gillies.
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