See the Original "Legally Blonde" Cast Then and Now
Can you believe "Legally Blonde" came out more than 20 years ago? Twenty years, people! It's crazy that more than two decades have gone by since Reese Witherspoon's Elle Woods uttered the now-iconic phrase, "What, like it's hard?" and graduated from Harvard Law at the top of her class (suck it, Warner). It's even crazier to think that the highly anticipated "Legally Blonde 3" sequel still hasn't received an official release date.
The third film installment was originally set to premiere this spring, but Insider reports that the film has been pushed back indefinitely. On March 31, Mindy Kaling, who serves as a writer on "Legally Blonde 3," shed light on why the movie is taking so long to develop. "We don't want to be responsible for ruining what's basically Reese's Avengers franchise," she told Time.
Kaling confirmed that the script hasn't been completed, but she teased that the forthcoming movie hopes to explore a more mature version of Witherspoon's character. "What is Elle Woods like at 42? Does she end up becoming all the things she wanted? How does that personality manifest in a grown woman? . . . Her brightness and her cheerfulness really worked when she was 22, but how has life changed her perspective on things?" she said.
While "Legally Blonde" hit theaters way back in 2001, its legacy and fans' love for Elle Woods hasn't dimmed. After all these years, fan of the franchise are still curious about what the original cast — including Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge, Selma Blair, Holland Taylor, Luke Wilson, Ali Larter, and Matthew Davis — has been up to. Ahead of the sequel's premiere, take a walk down memory lane and catch up with the "Legally Blonde" cast.
Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods
Bubbly LA-sorority-girl-turned-Harvard-Law-extraordinaire Elle Woods is the ultimate example of why you should never judge a book by its cover — even if the book is pink and has hearts dotting all the i's.
Reese Witherspoon Now
Five years after starring in "Legally Blonde," Witherspoon won an Oscar for her role as June Carter in the 2005 movie "Walk the Line." She starred in a mix of high-brow dramas ("Water For Elephants") and romantic comedies ("Sweet Home Alabama" and "Four Christmases") in the years following and has also dominated the TV world with HBO's "Big Little Lies" and Hulu's "Little Fires Everywhere."
Jennifer Coolidge as Paulette
Paulette, Elle's lovable manicurist with a self-confidence problem, remains the sweetest part of "Legally Blonde." Who could forget her memorable bend-and-snap?!
Jennifer Coolidge Now
Coolidge, 56, has continued her reign as a comedy queen, playing a hilariously evil stepmother in 2004's "A Cinderella Story" and Sophie Kachinsky in "2 Broke Girls" from 2012 to 2017. Lately, she's starred in projects like "The Emoji Movie," "The Loud House," and "The White Lotus."
Luke Wilson as Emmett
Is Emmett kind of schlubby? Maybe a little. Is he still ridiculously endearing as he works on the big case with Elle? YES, duh.
Luke Wilson Now
Wilson reprised his role as Emmett in "Legally Blonde: Red, White, & Blonde" and popped up in a number of other comedies — including "Anchorman," "The Family Stone," "Idiocracy." He's also appeared in shows like "Enlightened" and "Roadies," as well as movies such as "Death at a Funeral," "Zombieland: Double Tap," and "The Cleaner."
Holland Taylor as Professor Stromwell
Holland Taylor brought new meaning to the word "fierce" with her performance as the tough-as-nails Professor Stromwell.
Holland Taylor Now
In addition to acting in movies like "The Wedding Date" and TV shows like "Two and a Half Men," Taylor put on stunning Broadway performances in "Ann" and "The Front Page."
Ali Larter as Brooke Taylor-Windham
The falsely accused Brooke Taylor Windham blesses us with a number of bold power-suit moments and prompts Elle to utter one of the movie's best lines: "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands."
Ali Larter Now
After "Legally Blonde," Larter went on to play Niki Sanders on NBC's "Heroes" from 2006 and 2010. She also starred in Fox's baseball drama "Pitch," "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," "The Rookie," and "Obsessed."
Selma Blair as Vivian Kensington
Wealthy and well-connected Vivian Kensington might start out as
a "frigid b*tch" Elle Woods's rival, but our hearts still grow three sizes when we remember how their relationship turns out in the end.
Selma Blair Now
Blair had a brief but memorable cameo in the 2018 "Lost in Space" reboot, and before that, she played Kris Jenner in "American Crime Story" and Kate Wales in "Anger Management."
Alanna Ubach as Serena
One of Elle's ditzy sorority sisters, Serena provides endless lighthearted moments.
Matthew Davis as Warner
Oh, Warner. For someone who got into Harvard Law School, Elle's ex is really an idiot, huh?
Matthew Davis Now
Davis, 40, might play a jerk in "Legally Blonde," but his longtime role as Alaric Saltzman in "The Vampire Diaries" could not be more different. The CW's supernatural drama ended in 2017, but Davis has continued to play the character in the 2018 spinoff series "Legacies."
Victor Garber as Professor Callahan
At first, Professor Callahan seems like he'll be a great mentor for Elle as she navigates law school, but it soon becomes clear that he's a giant creep.
Victor Garber Now
After his role in "Legally Blonde," Garber went on to play Jack Bristow in "Alias" for five seasons. The actor brought his talents to the small screen in The CW's "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow" and has had minor appearances in Starz's "Power Book II: Ghost."
Jessica Cauffiel as Margot
Like Serena, Margot is one of Elle's very, very funny (and very, very scatterbrained) sorority sisters.
Jessica Cauffiel Now
Cauffiel popped up in a few movies after her 2001 role in "Legally Blonde," including "White Chicks," "D.E.B.S.," and "Guess Who." She stepped away from acting in 2009.