'Legally Blonde' — Quick Facts about the Iconic Comedy Starring Reese Witherspoon

Gaone Pule
Mar 28, 2021
06:20 A.M.
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Comedy Rom-Com "Legally Blonde" is a classic movie, and there are some interesting facts about the film starring Reese Witherspoon, find out what those facts are below.


The movie first hit the theatre in 2001 and follows glamour girl turned Harvard law student Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon). Its sequel was released later in 2003 following Woods after she graduated.

The movie is reportedly based on a book-inspired real-life story. Before Woods, there was Amanda Brown. She went to Stanford law, apparently due to its proximity to the Stanford Shopping Center.

Reese Witherspoon attends Paley Live NY: Apple TV The Morning Show Preview Screening at Paley Center for Media | Photo: Shutterstock


According to Biography, Brown first got the idea for her novel "Legally Blonde" by compiling her whole experience, including funny stories and letters from the duration of her studies at the prestigious institution.

Although she reportedly never graduated, she still used her time at the school for something significant. She turned her stories into a comedy novel and created fan-favorite characters such as Woods and her ex-boyfriend Warner Huntington III.

Reese Witherspoon with "Bruiser", her canine co-star in "Legally Blonde", on Hollywood Boulevard honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame | Photo: Shutterstock


The lead character, played by Witherspoon, reportedly spent time with actual sorority members. According to the publication, to get the part right, the actress met several sorority members to study how they talk and move.

Witherspoon reportedly went to dinner with them, and for her, it was like an anthropology study. "You learn what they eat, how they behave, how they take care of their young, that sort of thing, she reportedly told Entertainment Weekly the year the movie came out.


According to the Insider, Witherspoon played a courageous blonde sorority girl who defied all the stereotypes at Harvard University. Even though she did the role some justice, it’s interesting to learn that she almost did not get the part.

Christina Applegate reportedly had a chance in playing the lead role. However, she turned it down because she was unsure that she wanted to play another stereotypical blonde character like her role in "Married With Children.”

Speaking of her decision, she said it was an unwise choice on her part. Applegate noted that Witherspoon did a much better job than she ever could.


According to Cosmopolitan, Witherspoon booked the role of Woods soon after she gave birth. MGM reportedly hired a personal trainer to help her shed the weight she gained during her pregnancy.

Seeing that she put off the weight, she got to keep all 60 outfits from the movie. However, she reportedly does not wear them, and shared that they are preserved in a special storage unit and that she keeps a close eye on them.

The 45-year-old’s friend, Molly Stern, made the dress she wore in the breakup scene with Huntington.


Matt Davis, who played Huntington, reportedly had a huge crush on Witherspoon one time; the producers pulled him aside and asked if he was okay. Davis eventually told her how he felt, and she responded by saying it was sweet, but they should go back to work.

Witherspoon was more devoted to her little companion in the film, her dog named Bruiser. According to the outlet, the pup was named Moonie, and Witherspoon posted snap on Instagram of the two of them when she found out Moonie had died in March 2016.


According to the Insider, other former cast members achieved many accolades over the years since the film. Over a decade after the movie, Witherspoon currently stars in and produces “Pretty Little Lies,” which has won multiple Emmy Awards.

Actor Luke Wilson who played Woods’ love interest, Emmett, is still acting in movies and TV shows. Davis has also appeared in numerous films and TV series.