Skip To Content

    "Legally Blonde" Just Turned 20, So Here Are 12 Side-By-Sides Of The Cast Then Vs. Now

    Spoiler alert: They're all doing fabulously.

    Legally Blonde is officially 20 years old!


    Yup, that's correct. Twenty years ago on July 13, 2001, we were graced with truly one of the most iconic movies in history. 

    And to celebrate, we took a trip down memory lane to see what the cast has been up to since the movie:

    First, here's Reese Witherspoon then:

    Reese holding her characters Chihuahua and rocking a newsboy cap
    MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

    She was starring as Elle Woods, duh.

    And here's Reese Witherspoon now:

    Here's Jennifer Coolidge then:

    MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

    She played Paulette Bonafonté.

    And here's Jennifer Coolidge now:

    Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic / Getty Images

    Jennifer has continued acting and appeared in numerous shows and movies. Her credits include the American Pie series, A Cinderella Story, Promising Young Woman, 2 Broke Girls, Gravity Falls, Joey, Party Down, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and more. She currently has some projects in the works, like Arlo the Alligator Boy, Single All the Way, Shotgun Wedding, The White Lotus, and Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk. Jennifer is also set to return as Paulette in Legally Blonde 3!

    Here's Luke Wilson then:

    MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    He played Emmett Richmond.

    And here's Luke Wilson now:

    Richard Rodriguez / Getty Images for Sony Pictures Classics

    Luke continued acting and is best known for his roles in The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, Enlightened, and Idiocracy. Currently, he's starring on the CW's Stargirl. Luke hasn't been confirmed for the third Legally Blonde movie yet, but he is open to it!

    Here's Matthew Davis then:

    MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    He played Warner Huntington III.

    And here's Matthew Davis now:

    Here's Selma Blair then:

    MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    She played Vivian Kensington. 

    And here's Selma Blair now:

    Here's Victor Garber then:

    MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    He played Professor Callahan.

    And here's Victor Garber now:

    Here's Holland Taylor then:

    MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    She played Professor Stromwell.

    And here's Holland Taylor now:

    Getty Images / Getty Images for Supermajority

    Holland has continued acting and has been in numerous movies and shows. She's best known for her roles on The Practice, Two and a Half Men, The L Word, Mr. Mercedes, All My Children, The Naked Truth, Hollywood, and more. She has also been in movies like Romancing the Stone, The Truman Show, One Fine Day, Happy Accidents, George of the Jungle, Baby Mama, Gloria Bell, The Stand In, and Bill andTed Face the Music. In 2013, she also wrote and starred in her own one-woman play, Ann, for which she received a Tony nomination. She's also going to appear in Netflix's new series The Chair.

    Here's Ali Larter then:


    She played Brooke Taylor-Windham.

    And here's Ali Larter now:

    Here's Linda Cardellini then:


    She played Chutney Windham.

    And here's Linda Cardellini now:

    Morgan Lieberman / FilmMagic / Getty Images

    Linda continued acting and is best known for Scooby-Doo, Brokeback Mountain, ER, Bloodline, Freaks and Geeks, Green Book, Mad Men, and most recently, Dead to Me. She has also done a lot of voice-acting work and has been on shows like Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Regular Show, Gravity Falls, and Sanjay and Craig.

    Here's Bruce Thomas then:


    He played the UPS guy.

    And here's Bruce Thomas now:

    Here's Alanna Ubach then:

    MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    She played Elle's BFF Serena.

    And here's Alanna Ubach now:

    Joshua Blanchard / FilmMagic for HBO / Getty Images

    Alanna kept acting and is best known for her work in Coco, Waiting..., Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, See Dad Run, Euphoria, and Beakman's World. She has also branched out into the voice-acting world and is known for shows like El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Pound Puppies, Welcome to the Wayne, and Crossing Swords. Currently, she's working on projects like Jury Duty, El Tonto, Monsters at Work, Guilty Party, and Hannah Simone's new ABC series. Alanna is also set to return for Legally Blonde 3.

    Here's Jessica Cauffiel then:

    MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    She played Elle's BFF Margot. 

    And finally, here's Jessica Cauffiel now:

    And there you have it! Who are you the most excited to see return for the third installment? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

    TV and Movies

    Get all the best moments in pop culture & entertainment delivered to your inbox.

    Newsletter signup form