Bennett tells TooFab he got "chills" stepping back into Aaron Samuels' shoes.
Ariana Grande just did her best to break the internet on Friday afternoon, dropping her long awaited music video of "Thank U, Next."
Featuring recreations of iconic moments from "Mean Girls," "Bring It On," "13 Going on 30" and "Legally Blonde," the video also included some killer cameos. Among them was Jonathan Bennett, who reprised his role as Aaron Samuels from the 2004 movie with Lindsay Lohan.
Bennett was only one of two actors from the original movie who appeared in Grande's latest visual. Stephanie Drummond, who played the girl obsessed with Regina George's army pants and flip flops, was the other. Speaking to TooFab, the actor said he was surprised he got the call.
"Her people called me and said, 'Hey do you want to do Ariana Grande's music video?'" Bennett explained. "I thought, don't you want like a 20-year-old kid with abs? That's normally what's in a music video."
"And they were like, 'No, no, we want you to be Aaron Samuels,'" he continued. "I was like, oh, that's genius and as soon as I found out what they were doing, I was in."
Benett only appears in the final product for a few moments, once to reference a line in the movie about his hair looking "sexy pushed back" and again to join the infamous high school hallway walk.
"It was really creepy ... creepy's the wrong word ... it gave me chills when I looked in the mirror the first time and saw Aaron Samuels again," he said of stepping on set. "It was like seeing an old friend almost. And then you get to see Ariana and her friends dressed as the Plastics and to watch them walk down the hallway, it literally brought back some amazing memories and it was really nice to go back and relive something that's been such an integral part of your life for the past 15 years."
Making the hallway walk all the more epic for Bennett was the fact he got to do it while carrying "The Burn Cookbook," a cookbook he released earlier this year inspired by the movie.
"When we were shooting 'Mean Girls,' if you were to say it's going to be such a part of people's lives that you're going to be shooting a music video for the biggest pop star in the world based on this scene where you walk down a hallway and you're also going to be carrying your cook book that is 'Mean Girls'-themed because it's going to be such a huge success that people are going to buy your cookbook, I would say no way, I wouldn't believe you," he exclaimed.
Proving that Ari and everyone else on the set were just as captivated by the movie as the rest of us, Bennett said everyone wanted to hear stories from back in the day. Unfortunately, he's tapped out.
"Everyone asks about stories from the set and we don't have any," he said with a laugh. "We have nothing left. Also, tell me something you know about 15 years ago, tell me about one of your days 15 years ago. No one can, you're a human. I don't remember what it was like, we didn't pay attention."
What he'll always remember, however, was seeing Ariana step into one of her favorite films.
"One of the things that was so much fun was watching how excited Ari was to be with her friends, recreating one of her favorite movies and just having a good time," he told TooFab. "She was such a bright light and she shined so hard and she was such a beautiful energy and presence because it kind of took her back to being a kid again when times were simpler and it was just fun to watch her transform into a 16 year old girl and giggle with her girlfriends and have a really good time."
Bennett added that he loved seeing Kris Jenner pop up in the "cool mom" role, something he missed out on during filming. "I knew it was happening, but I didn't get to see Kris Jenner's actual footage," he explained. "That was awesome ... I was just as surprised as everyone else!"
The actor's "Burn Cook Book" -- something he calls "the best gift you will ever buy" any "Mean Girls" fans -- is available now. Bennett will also be seen in "Christmas Made to Order" with Alexa PenaVega, airing December 23 on Hallmark.