The talent show episode may have been created so Meaghan Martin could sing.
Cameron learns French in order to tutor Bianca. Joseph Gordon Levitt is fluent in French.
Dawson Casting: One of the most notable aversions, all of the main cast was between 18 and 20 during the filming of the movie playing high schoolers (Krumholtz was the oldest, and he was barely 21 when the movie premiered). Some of the supporting cast were a little older, though - Gabrielle Union (Chastity) and Susan May Pratt (Mandella) were 27 and 25, respectively.
Deleted Role: Gil Junger wrote a part for himself as a teacher, but the scenes were deleted.
Missing Trailer Scene: Kat rejecting Patrick at the lockers then the camera zooms in on his grinning face *swoon*.
Old Shame: Averted, a lot of people expected Heath Ledger to continue in the teen comedy genre but he instead refused a lot of similar roles until he started to get the parts he wanted like in The Patriot and A Knight's Tale. Despite this, he didn't consider this film to be an old shame, just not where he wanted to take his career.
Reality Subtext: Kat gets accepted to Sarah Lawrence College. Larisa Oleynik (Bianca) went to Sarah Lawrence.
Stiles's tears during the poetry reading scene were apparently unscripted, as was the brief shot of Ledger playing with the Bunsen burner near the opening of the film.
Karen McCullah claims the title was based off a diary entry she made during high school about a boyfriend she hated. When she and Kirsten Smith were writing the script, they looked over the entry and went "that's our title".