The cast of Mamma Mia apparently had a ridiculously good time filming (Meryl Streep, Greek island, Abba songs? We can hardly imagine why…), and with the sequel hitting our screens this past weekend, they’ve been out and about in full force giving us the details on just how good of a time it was.
One such tidbit was Amanda Seyfried revealing the story behind her weird foot tattoo. Y’know, the one that says ‘minge’ in cursive inside her left foot:
Sitting down to chat on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the musical actress shared that she became so close with co-stars Ashley Lilley and Rachel McDowall, who played her character Sophie’s closest friends in the 2008 film, that the trio decided to make it official with matching foot tattoos.
Cute. But in some parts of the world, that might get you an awkward reception. See, whilst it may not mean much of anything anywhere else, in the UK ‘minge’ is slang for ‘vagina.’ Yes, for real. But that doesn’t seem to bother Seyfried, who playfully told Meyers, “In England, it means ‘vagina’… But in the US, which is where I spend most of my time, it just doesn’t mean anything. So we commemorated our friendship with ‘minge’ tattoos.” We’re not sure in what context they heard it, but between the best pals it’s a “term of endearment,” apparently. In fact, Seyfried loves the word so much, it even provided inspiration for her Insta handle, @mingey. Well, British judgment be damned.
They’re certainly not the first set of co-stars to permanently mark a shared experience. Back in the early 2000s, the nine members of The Lord of the Rings’s fellowship had ‘9’ in the fictional language of Elvish inked on their bodies after wrapping the epic fantasy trilogy. That we can understand.
And more recently, some of The Avengers cast got matching ink of the Avengers’ symbol, with Robert Downey Jr. even sharing a clip for our viewing entertainment:
If the second Mamma Mia movie is anything to go by, Seyfried may well have another piece of questionable British slang on her other foot by this time next year — we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.