People Now Back Meredith Blake From The Parent Trap After Realizing She's 26

Meredith Blake in the movie The Parent Trap personified the evil stepmother most of us feared we'd end up with if our parents ever divorced.

The polished and manicured publicist epitomized the cold and calculating gold digger we all loved to hate, who was perceived as hell-bent on getting her hands on Nick Parker's millions—at any cost.

The now-familiar plot in the 1998 Disney remake sees twins separated at birth, Hallie and Annie Parker, both played by Lindsay Lohan, meeting at summer camp.

They hatch a plan to get their parents, Nick, played by Dennis Quaid, and Elizabeth James, aka Natasha Richardson, back together by switching places. But there's just one problem: Meredith, Nick's fiancée.

The dad-of-two is noticeably older than 26-year-old Meredith, as 11-year-old Annie Parker makes pointedly clear when she quizzes the older woman over her age.

"Only 15 years older than me. How old are you again dad," Annie remarks to Meredith, portrayed by Elaine Hendrix.

No fool, Meredith picks up on the frosty reception she's getting from Annie, pretending to be Hallie, as she states: "Being young and beautiful is not a crime, you know."

Now a cult classic, the film is being seen in a new light as those who were children watch it again as adults with a fresh perspective—and realize they're the same age, or even older, than Meredith.

And Meredith's assertion is ringing true among millennials, who have stopped seeing the well-dressed young woman as the villain of the piece.

Rather they're identifying with her more and more, even if she did want to ship the twins, aka his "brats," off to boarding school in Switzerland.

TikTok, the social media platform that has soared in popularity over the last year, is awash with fans recreating Meredith's iconic introduction, complete with wide-brimmed hat and using the sound from the film.

One woman, named Madeleine Byrne, filmed her own version of the scene, this time using sunglasses as her prop of choice.

And some are remaking the infamous hiking scene, which provides the nail in the coffin for Meredith and Nick's relationship, with one video uploaded last month, by Nesilium, viewed more than 1 million times.

More and more people are declaring they're now team Meredith, with Serena Kerrigan sharing a clip, admitting: "I had nightmares as a child about Meredith Blake and how evil she was."

Her video, shared earlier this year, garnered more than a quarter of a million views, as she continued: "But now that I realize she's 26, and I'm 26, and honestly her idea of moving to Napa and seducing a millionaire hot dad and sending his brats off to boarding school, is kind of a vibe. I think I stan Meredith Blake now."

Echoing her sentiment was fellow TikToker Domynique, who also raved over Meredith's outfits in a video, uploaded last month.

She captioned the clip, viewed thousands of times: "I always enjoyed "villain" fashion more, there I said it."

Domynique said: "I'm starting to see Meredith Blake get the recognition she deserves, and I just want to talk about her style. And how I was mesmerized by her as a child.

"When we first meet her, look at this, iconic. The panning over with the red lip and the hat, iconic. This cute little dress to wear by the pool and she pairs it, you can't see in these pictures, but she has like a strappy black heel. She knows what she's doing. And then this really cut cocktail dress like the back, strappy, very sexy, still really classy with the thicker strap in front and the square neckline. And the hiking outfit, the little matching set. Adorable.

"And she's a publicist in San Francisco, and clearly had a taste for the finer things in life, and it's not cheap to live in San Francisco. So with that being said, I don't think she's just a dumb blonde gold-digger that the movie made her out to be. She sounds like a very smart, strong-willed person who thought she was finding someone who could keep up with her. But Dennis Quaid just wanted something young and fun. And I think we've villainized the wrong person."

Hendrix recently spoke out about the perception of her character undergoing a 180 in recent years, although she admitted Meredith was "weaponizing her femininity."

She told Insider: "People loved to hate her, and now people just love her." As she added, referencing Meredith: "Finally, she's getting her due."

Newsweek reached out to Domynique, Serena Kerrigan, Nesilium and Madeleine Byrne for comment.

Screenshot from 1998 film The Parent Trap.
Screenshot from 1998 film The Parent Trap. Now adults, people have started sympathizing with the character of Meredith Blake. Disney