It's been 15 (!) years since Elle Woods strut into the courtroom and showed the world (and Warner) what she was made of. With her 179 LSAT and her perfectly manicured nails, let's celebrate this milestone with 15 things you never knew about 2000's Legally Blonde!
1. Elle Was Almost Played By Someone Else!
Tori Spelling was originally considered for the role of Elle, as was Christina Applegate who turned it down, and now regrets the decision, telling ET:
"The script came along my way and it was right after I had just finished, Married [...with Children], and it was a blonde who in that first script didn't win it but ends up going to Yale, or Harvard, I don't remember, I got scared of kind of repeating myself."
Other actresses who were considered for the part include the likes of Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, Katherine Heigl, Milla Jovovich, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Talk about competition!
2. The Role Of Viviane Was Also Offered To Someone Else Before Selma Blair
Chloë Sevigny was offered the role of mean girl Viviane, but turned it down as she was starring in an off-broadway show at the time. She has since told celebitchy:
"I thought [the play] would be more challenging. I guess I didn’t realize the full potential of Legally Blonde at the time, but now I love those films — they’re hilarious,”
3. Reese Witherspoon Was Allowed To Keep All The Outfits She Wore In The Movie
It was stated in her contract that she would keep all 60 of them!
4. She Also Wore 40 Different Hairstyles Throughout The Movie
That's pretty much one in every scene.
5. Matt Davis, Who Played Warner, Had A Huge Crush On Reese Witherspoon
Matt Davis opened up to movieline about his teenage crush on Reese, saying:
"Ever since I was 15 and watched 'A Far Off Place,' I had the hugest crush on Reese, so at first I was such a bumbling idiot with her, the producers pulled me aside one day to see if I was OK."
He actually told her how he felt, but of course, Reese was married to Ryan Phillippe at the time,
"She was like, 'That's so sweet! OK, let's work on the scene,'"
6. Elle's Dog Bruiser's Real Name Was Moonie...
7. ...And She Sadly Passed Away Earlier This Year :(
8. Legally Blonde Started Life As A Book
Amanda Brown, author of the Legally Blonde novel, actually went to Stanford Law. She got the idea after writing letters home using pink paper and a fluffy pen, à la Elle Woods.
9. To Prepare For The Role Of Elle, Reese Spent Time With A Sorority
Reese spent two weeks with the sorority sisters at the University of Southern California, spending time with the girls, as she did not wish to portray the character as a stereotypical airhead.
10. Reese Also Attended Classes At Loyola Law School...
...and watched women in Beverly Hills shop and buy clothes. Talk about commitment!
11. Universal Originally Passed On The Film, But MGM Picked It Up Later
A bit like Warner passing on Elle... too little, too late Universal!
12. There's An In-Joke On The Front Of Seventeen Magazine
When Elle visits the beauty salon near the start of the movie, she sits next to an old lady reading Seventeen magazine. On the cover is a picture of the Josie & The Pussycats stars— this is because Marc E. Platt produced both Josie & The Pussycats and Legally Blonde.
13. The Final Scenes Were Shot After The Film Had Wrapped
The scene where Elle confronts Warner was shot after test audiences were so wrapped up in Elle's story that they wanted to see her finally tell Warner to get lost.
14. That Closing Graduation Scene Was Actually Filmed In London!
Same goes for the Graduation scene at the end of the movie. Reese Witherspoon was filming 2002's The Importance of Being Earnest so they shot the scene in the Great Hall of Dulwich College in London. The rest of the cast shot their Graduation moments in LA, and the final ending was pieced together in post-production.
15. Elle's LSAT Score Is Nearly Perfect
The top LSAT score is a 180, Elle scored a 179 putting her in the top 0.1%.
Since its release, Legally Blonde has spawned sequels and a broadway show, growing into an iconic movie that can be watched time and time again.