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Users Reconsider ‘The Parent Trap:’ Was Meredith Really the Villain?

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The Parent Trap is an iconic movie from the '90s. But now, over 20 years since its release, fans are rethinking the film after Elaine Hendrix - who played the Meredith Blake - spoke up about her "mean" character. Her opinion instantly started trending on TikTok, and now the users on the social media app have started to wonder if what Eliane said might be true. Here's the tea.

For those who may not remember, Meredith was the glamourous woman who was going to marry the twins, Hallie Parker and Annie James's father (played by Lindsey Lohan). She was illustrated to be the villain in the film because she was the reason why the family was torn apart. At one point, she even suggested to her fiance, Nick, to "ship those brats off to Switzerland" after the wedding.

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It's safe to say that anyone who has seen The Parent Trap disliked Meredith. That was until Eliane posted a TikTok video opening a bottle of wine. She put on the screen text that read, "He's a 10 but he had twins he secretly separated at birth when he broke up with their mother and didn't tell you about it until the twins discovered each other at camp and swapped places to try and get their parents back together." The video - which pays tribute to the "She's a 10" trend - goes on to explain all the pranks and jokes that the twins played on her to try and get rid of her. 

@elaine4animals Happy 24th Anniversary. #hesa10but #meredithblake #theparenttrap #wine #vinyard #elainehendrix #fyp ♬ Easy On Me - Adele

Eliane's video got 1.6 million likes and 6.7 million views, probably because it made people re-think their opinion of Meredith Blake. Many users commented "#justiceformeredithblake" in support of her. And one person even wrote, "She was a successful woman who fell for a hot wine dad who lied about his family and was still in love with his ex." Another said, "Poor Meredith. You can do better," with a third commented, "Growing up is realizing Meredith Blake was a victim of circumstance, not a villain." The argument continued outside of the comment section, with people making videos about the matter. Even E! News shared a video on Tiktok about Elian's character explaining why Meredith was unfairly villainized. Well, what do you think?