Reese Witherspoon has praised her Legally Blonde character Elle Woods for inspiring people over the years in an emotional cast reunion.
The 44-year-old Hollywood star was reduced to tears as each cast member was introduced to the virtual reunion, which was held in aid of the World Central Kitchen organisation.
She was joined – for the first time in 20 years – by co-stars Selma Blair, Luke Wilson, Jennifer Coolidge, Ali Larter, Matthew Davis, Holland Taylor, Alanna Ubach and Jessica Cauffiel on the call.
Reflecting on her beloved character Elle, who was an aspiring lawyer overcoming stereotypes about blondes, Reese said fans support her more than any other character she’s played.
Reese said: ‘I think she just inspired people to believe in themselves. She just has a true sense of herself and she always wants to see the best in others.
‘She’s inspired me to really keep an open mind and always be an advocate for myself and for other people in this world and I think her spirit is something that we could all use a little bit more of right now.’
The star also couldn’t help but gush over how handsome Luke – who played her love interest – looked during the reunion.
Reese came over emotional all over again while reminiscing about her time on the film and the famous ‘what? Like it’s hard?’ line.
‘I can’t tell you what it means to me to see your faces,’ she said. ‘This was my college. You guys, this is where I went to college.
‘I didn’t finish college, but I finished Legally Blonde and we all got together and made this movie together that has inspired so many young people and it’s just such a gift.’
Legally Blonde was followed by a sequel in 2003, and fans are excitedly waiting for the third movie.
Reese will be reprising her role real soon as she prepares to return to Elle’s world in the upcoming Legally Blonde 3.
Mindy Kaling is currently working on the script, which she says will be a ‘great movie’.
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