One Interviewer Adorably Showed Reese Witherspoon How Much She Loves 'Legally Blonde'

"I actually wrote 15,000 words on you once."

If writing a 15,000-word university dissertaton on Legally Blonde doesn't qualify you as the world's biggest fan, we don't know what does. As it turns out, British entertainment reporter Lucy Ford did exactly that, and she recently got to show her hard work to Elle Woods herself — Reese Witherspoon.


Ford had the opportunity to interview Witherspoon, along with her A Wrinkle in Time co-stars Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey, at a press junket. After telling all three women how much she loves their work, she presented Witherspoon with a copy of her dissertation, titled "Dumb Blonde Ambition: Legally Blonde, Postfeminism and the Reimagination of the 'Strong Female Character'."

"You can read it, you can burn it, you can clean your windows with it," Ford joked to Witherspoon as she handed over the paper, adding that she wrote it four years ago and felt like things had come "full circle."

"Thank you, that really touches my heart," Witherspoon said, as her co-stars peeked over her shoulder to have a look. "That's amazing, thank you. That means a lot to me."

"Legally Blonde means a lot to me as well," said Ford, who shared that she watched the movie "800 times" for the project.

Later in the interview, Witherspoon had one perfect question to ask about the gift. "Is it scented?" she wondered, referring to Elle Woods' choice to add fragrance to her résumé. Sure enough, Ford confirmed that she had put perfume on it. As Elle would say, "it gives it a little something extra."

Ford, who works for Bauer Media, told BBC News, "The dissertation analyses the portrayal of strong women on screen and how they had frequently been limited. It's about how strong or clever women were often portrayed as masculine — but how Elle Woods dispels those ideas."

As Witherspoon herself said to mark the movie's 15th anniversary in 2016, "I think it was a pivotal moment in feminism only because it was like, 'Oh wait, you don't have to be learned and boring.' You can embrace your femininity, you can love to get your hair and nails done, you can love fashion, but also be incredibly intelligent."

Although Ford described the process of writing the paper as "soul destroying" on Twitter in 2014, we'd say it's all worth it now. 

(H/T: Time)

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