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After years of being mistaken for a ‘Parent Trap’ villain, I talked to the actress who played her

This summer, the film’s 20th anniversary inspired a wave of “Parent Trap” nostalgia, including essays with headlines such as “Justice For Meredith Blake, The Parent Trap’s Unsung Hero,” “Why Meredith Blake Is My Queer Icon,” “The Parent Trap, Meredith Blake and the ongoing reclamation of ‘bitch.” These pieces argued that Meredith Blake was not a villain but an inspiration, an unapologetically ambitious young woman with a dream job, killer wardrobe and a perfect Chanel red manicure. To borrow Meredith’s own catchphrase, “Being young and beautiful is not a crime.”