'Legally Blonde' Reunion's Most Endorphin-Boosting Moments (Video)

From Holland Taylor’s “one stupid prick” scene to Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Coolidge’s hilarious on-set encounter

If you missed Reese Witherspoon’s hilarious and heartwarming “Legally Blonde” reunion in honor of the cult-classic movie’s almost-20-year-anniversary, there’s no need to stomp your little last season Prada shoes — we’ve got the play by play right here.

Hosted by “Saturday Night Live” star Chloe Fineman, the reunion streamed Tuesday afternoon on Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine YouTube channel, featuring original cast members Selma Blair (Vivian Kensington), Jessica Cauffiel (Margot), Jennifer Coolidge (Paulette Bonafonté), Matthew Davis (Warner Huntington III), Ali Larter (Brooke Taylor Windham), Holland Taylor (Professor Stromwell), Alanna Ubach (Serena McGuire), Luke Wilson (Emmett Richmond), and Witherspoon (Elle Woods).

From Holland Taylor’s breakdown of the iconic scene where she tells Elle Woods “If you’re going to let one stupid prick ruin your life, then you’re not the girl I thought you were” to Jennifer Coolidge’s hilarious encounter with Witherspoon at craft services, here are all of the funniest moments that you might have missed.

Matthew Davis a.k.a. Warner Was Super Intimidated by Reese Witherspoon The Entire Time

“I learned so much from working with you and it was such a joy and I was so out of my league,” said Davis, who played Warner Huntington III. “I literally was just off the back of a turnip truck out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I literally couldn’t get out of Utah fast enough when I stumbled my way into this movie, ‘Legally Blonde.’ I was crapping my pants every step of the way. I remember the first scene we shot together, I sat down and all of a sudden Elle Woods was there, and Elle Woods was so big and so full of life and I realized that all my choices were wrong.”

The One Facial Expression That Got Selma Blair the Part of Vivian Kensington

“My audition was basically like, [director Robert Luketic] said, OK make your face. You see Elle Woods and now you really see Elle Woods,” she said as all of the scenes rolled of Vivian doing her characteristically defeated look. “That was it. That was my whole audition.”

Jennifer Coolidge Says Reese Witherspoon Stayed in Character, Even at Craft Services

“It never occurred to me that when we’re not shooting that some people actually stay in character,” Coolidge told Witherspoon.

“I was at craft services, and you were there too, and you came up behind me and I was stuffing my face with donuts,” she said. “I go, ‘Oh my God, Reese, I can’t stop eating the donuts. I can’t stop.’ And you looked at me, and you go, ‘Then just don’t. Don’t eat them.’ And you just turned around and left. And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, she’s her character at the craft services table.’”

Ali Larter Almost Played a Sorority Girl Instead of Brooke Taylor Windham

When I first read this script I was actually coming in as one of the sorority girls,” Larter said. “I wanted to go in for Brooke Windham because I love that this woman, you think she’s a gold digger, but then you realize that this woman built an empire and she’s just fallen in love with this man.”

During her audition, she knew she had to do an over-the-top performance to convince Luketic to give her the part.

“I just remember it was so true to me, it was so dire to her — everything was on the line for this. I just reached over and I grabbed my ass as hard as I could and I went for it. And he was like, alright, you got it, girl. You committed.”

She added: “This is what this movie really meant to me, is that anyone could really be who they wanted to be.”

Holland Taylor Breaks Down Her Iconic ‘One Stupid Prick’ Scene

“It’s really a moment when an older person sees a younger person who could be really knocked off their pins,” Taylor said of the famous line. “It really doesn’t take much, because I think we’ve all had that experience — hopefully, we all have — where some senior person really cuts right through and gives you a little shove.”

She added that the scene was “a very sweet moment to play,” and that she never would have imagined that “20 years later, it’s still a big thing for young women.”

Jessica Cauffiel Gave Alanna Ubach a Leg Up for the Part of Serena

Cauffiel, who played one of Elle’s sorority sisters, Margot, was asked to read with actresses that were being auditioned to play the part of Serena when she had a surprise encounter with Alanna Ubach in the bathroom.

“Right before the reading I went into the bathroom and there was a cute little petite spitfire putting on lip gloss,” she said. “She looks at me — ‘Hey! Hey, hey. I don’t like this lip gloss. Do you have red lipstick?’ she said, imitating Ubach.

“And I was like what? Like we were in a bar, she asked me for lipstick, took my lipstick, put my lipstick on. And she said, ‘Are you in this movie? Are you the actress?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m playing Margot.’ And she goes, ‘I need to make rent. I don’t have any money.’”

So Cauffiel decided to help her, and the pair planned the whole audition with choreographed, simultaneous moves before they went back in for the reading.

“I threw the whole audition to get her the job. And she’s been my best friend ever since,” Cauffiel said.

11 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Wonder Years': From Kevin's First Kiss to Real-World Inspiration (Photos)

  • Lee Daniels is rebooting “The Wonder Years” to focus on a Black family in Alabama, with original series star Fred Savage on board as executive producer and director. TheWrap takes a look back on the beloved coming-of-age series, which aired from 1988-93 but was set in the 1960s and ’70s. 


  • Fred Savage became one of the youngest actors to be nominated for an Emmy Award, when he was 13 years old in 1989 for his role as Kevin Arnold. Keshia Knight Pulliam is the youngest to be nominated at 6 years old for her role on “The Cosby Show” as Rudy Huxtable, and Savage is tied with “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown, who was nominated at 13 in 2016.


  • Executive producer Bob Brush said that although “The Wonder Years” team was the first to show footage of The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan appearance on scripted TV, the episode didn’t turn out quite as expected. “We didn’t really use the Beatles footage very well, and that episode was kind of mediocre when it came out. I had a call one day that Jon Feltheimer [the head of New World Entertainment] was on his way down to the studio, and he walked into my office and said, ‘I want my money back,'” he told Rolling Stone in 2014.

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  • The first kiss between Kevin (Fred Savage) and Winnie (Danica McKellar) was also both young actors’ real-life first kiss. McKellar told Rolling Stone that she and Savage had a mutual crush, and “the anticipation of that kiss nearly killed us both.”


  • Brush has also said that even though everyone was sad to see the show end, he “knew it was time.”

    “From my point of view, I think we had a year more than we actually deserved,” he said. “‘The Wonder Years’ was really about a specific time in life when you’re still young enough to believe in things like magic and the truth and all of those things. One of the jokes was that Fred’s voice was getting lower than Danny Stern’s voice. So from my point of view, the story was well told, and it was time to put a button in it.”


  • Star Danica McKellar has said that the writers would eavesdrop on her and Savage to get ideas for dialogue between Winnie and Kevin. 

    “Kevin and Winnie’s relationship was, in some ways, defined by my friendship with Fred and some of the things that we would say,” she said. “The writers would actually take lines from things that we were saying to each other, off camera, and put it into the script.”

    “There was this whole episode dedicated to, ‘Do you like him, or do you like him, like him?’ That was an expression that he and I used when we were talking about some guy that I had a crush on, in real life,” she added. “And then, it showed up in a script, a few weeks later.”


  • McKellar auditioned against her sister, Crystal, for the role of Winnie Cooper. Though Danica got the part, the producers liked Crystal so much they brought her one for a guest role as Becky Slater, who Kevin dated to make Winnie jealous.


  • The series was inspired by “A Christmas Story” — at least in part — from the coming-of-age theme to the use of voice-over, which was unheard of at the time. Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie in “A Christmas Story,” had a guest spot as one of Kevin’s roommates on the final episode. 


  • Series narrator Daniel Stern, who served as the voice-over of the older Kevin, talked to his real-life son in the last episode. In the show’s closing moments, Stern is asked by his “son” if he wants to play catch. The child was Stern’s real-life son Henry.

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  • Kevin and Winnie’s breakup was caused by McKellar’s growth spurt. Kevin and Winnie’s relationship was the heart of the show, the writers separated the two in order to let Fred Savage catch up in height.


  • Jason Hervey, who played older brother Wayne, said he based his character on his real-life older brother. “My brother Scott was the real Wayne Arnold. There were so many things that I borrowed from our real-life experiences,” he told Uproxx in 2014. In fact, the storyline where Wayne is forced to take Kevin to the mall with him, was a real-life experience for Hervey.


  • Alley Mills, who played the show’s matriarch, said the show was canceled as a result of a groundless sexual harassment suit filed against Fred Savage and Jason Hervey by a member of the crew. Both the show and Savage denied the accusations, and the lawsuit was dropped after an undisclosed out-of-court settlement was reached.


With a reboot in the works, let’s get nostalgic about the show that took place in the 1960s and ’70s

Lee Daniels is rebooting “The Wonder Years” to focus on a Black family in Alabama, with original series star Fred Savage on board as executive producer and director. TheWrap takes a look back on the beloved coming-of-age series, which aired from 1988-93 but was set in the 1960s and ’70s. 

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