17 things you didn't know about '10 Things I Hate About You'.

“I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair…”

10 Things I Hate About You is an iconic movie. Made in 1999, the film was based off Shakespeare’s classic, Taming of the Shrew. Centered on the love story between the extremely difficult Kat Stratford and bad boy Patrick Verona, the movie introduced Heath Ledger to the world and made viewers fall in love with Julia Stiles.

It’s been 15 years since 10 Things I Hate About You premiered and we’re still not over it.

So we’re bringing you 17 things you didn’t know about this cult classic.

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Read through our trivia below. Come on, you know you can’t get Kat’s poem out of your head either.

17. Kat’s famous poem only took one take to shoot. Her tears at the end were not scripted, simply felt in the moment. And one of the defining moments of Heath Ledger character’s storyline, he improvised the scene where he plays with the fire.

16. Josh Hartnett and Ashton Kutcher both auditioned for the role of Patrick that went to Heath Ledger.

15. Kat’s bratty sister Bianca was the role Julia Stiles originally auditioned for.

Kat and Bianca.

14. The movie originally contained very dark undertones where suicide attempts were mentioned. This was changed to suit a younger audience.

13. Many elements from Shakespeare are kept in the film. The character of Cameron at one point directly quotes Taming of the Shrew when he says, "I burn, I pine, I perish."

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12. Julia Stiles is only three months older than Laris Oleynik, who plays her younger sister of two years, Bianca.

Patrick, played by Heath Ledger.

11. Bianca and Kat's last name is Stratford. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon.


10. Patrick's surname is Verona, which is where his namesake in Taming of the Shrew was born.

9. The high school they all go to is called Padua. This is the name of the town where Taming of the Shrew is set.

Cameron James, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

8. The girls names are Kat and Bianca in the film. In the play, their names are Bianca and Katherina.

7. The character of Cameron's full name is Cameron James. This is a play on the name of the famous director, James Cameron.

6. There is a moment in the film where Kat gets into Sarah Lawrence, which is an American college. Larisa Oleynik, who plays Bianca, actually went to Sarah Lawrence.

Larisa Oleynik, who played Bianca Stratford.

5. The song Patrick sings to Kat was supposed to be 'I Think I Love You' by The Partridge Family.

4. Production manager Ross Fanger's name appears on the detention list

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3. After Kat almost hits Michael, he calls her a shrew. This is a direct reference to the play the movie is based off.

Patrick and Kat.

2. Allison Janney, who plays Ms Perky, improvised her most famous line in the film. "Kat. Meow." Janney said, "That was me. I do that on some movies when I feel like the atmosphere is right and [director] Gil Junger was open to it and just let me do whatever I wanted to do. I was really thrilled about that one."

1. The car Kat drove, a red Dodge Dart GT, belonged to Heath Ledger.

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