Reese Witherspoon Reveals She Was Told To ‘Dress Sexy’ To Land ‘Legally Blonde’ Role

Written by Alyssa Brook December 11, 2019

Reese Witherspoon Reveals She Was Told To ‘Dress Sexy’ To Land ‘Legally Blonde’ Role

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Reese Witherspoon just revealed that she had to dress sexy in order to land her role as Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”

In 2000, Witherspoon wanted to try out for the role, but, the studio said she wasn’t sexy enough.

“They thought I was a shrew,” she told The Hollywood Reporte.. “My manager finally called and said, ‘You’ve got to go meet with the studio head because he will not approve you. He thinks you really are your character from “Election” and that you’re repellent.’ And then I was told to dress sexy.”

“And you’re 23, you have a baby at home, you need the money and you’re being told that by people who know what they’re doing. It’s funny to think of all the things we were told to do back then because now you’re thinking, ‘Oh God, if somebody told my daughter to do that, she’d be like, I really hope you’re joking.’”

She also said that she wanted to play a role that would be inspirational for her daughter when she grows up.

“She was afraid it was too similar to ‘Clueless,’ which had recently come out, in terms of the character,” said Marc Platt, who optioned the book for MGM. “I literally said to her, ‘I want Elle to be a role model. I wanted my daughters to watch her and think that they can live in a world where they can do anything.’”

She also adds that the role was not given to her easily, she had to go through numerous auditions,

“I remember a room full of men who were asking me questions about being a coed and being in a sorority, even though I had dropped out of college four years earlier and I have never been inside a sorority house,” she added.

Well, fast-forward to present-day Reese is working on “Legally Blonde 3.” We can’t wait to see Elle Woods back in action.

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