Legally Blonde: 10 Side-By-Sides Of The Cast Then vs. Now


The movie, Legally Blonde, is 20 years old. Can you believe how time flew by? The comedy movie was released in July 2001, with a runtime of 1h 36m. Robert Luketic directed it, and it gained popularity and was appreciated by many. Reese Witherspoon played the lead role in the movie, as Elle Woods. Even though a comedy, the story was about a girl who tried to win her ex-boyfriend and gets a degree from Harvard Law School. While doing so, she broke numerous stereotypes against blondes and became a successful lawyer. 

Featured Video

Elle Woods was showcased as a confident, fashionable, and know-how girl. The actresses had taken a lot of effort to be able to portray the role of a sorority girl, and how beautifully that played out! The movie was a hit then, making around $96.5M at the Box Office. Do you wonder, after 20 years, where are the cast of the movie and what are they doing? Please, allow us:


1. The Lead Actress: Reese Witherspoon 

Elle Woods - Wikipedia Reese Witherspoon – Movies, Bio and Lists on MUBI

When the movie started, the actress was 25 (now 45) years old. At the time when she took the role, she had given birth to her first child, a daughter. She struggled a lot with juggling work and new-mother duties. Fascinating, right? She has been doing a lot since Legally Blonde. She appears in Walk the Line, Wild, The Morning Show, Little Fires Everywhere, Sweet Home Alabama, and so many more. Reese also initiated her production company, Hello Sunshine. Her goal is to showcase similar female-centric projects. What might interest you more is that we are going to see her again in Legally Blonde 3 in 2022.


2. Elle’s Boyfriend: Luke Wilson

Legally Blonde
Luke Wilson, then and now

Luke Wilson played the lovable character of Emmett Richmond. The audience loved their chemistry, and they wanted to see more of them. In the movie’s sequel, he is seen as Elle’s husband. After Legally Blonde, we saw him in The Royal Tenenbaums, Blue Streak, All The Bright Places, a DC series– Stargirl, and many more. It still isn’t confirmed if he will return as Emmett in Legally Blonde 3.

3. The Powerful Friend: Selma Blair

Then + Now: The Cast of 'Legally Blonde'
Selma Blair, then and now

Selma Blair plays the role of Vivian Kensington in the movie. The character later becomes Elle’s good friend and decides to help her. She lets her have the spotlight she deserves. Despite this, we didn’t see the character in the sequel. 


After the movie’s success, the actress worked a lot of shows and movies, some of which are: Hellboy, The Sweetest Thing, In Their Skin, After, After We Collided, and the list can go on. She even owns a line of handbags. She suffered and survived multiple sclerosis and is also starring in her own documentary.

4. Elle’s Ex: Matthew Davis

Anyone else find it strange rewatching Matthew Davis as Warner in Legally Blonde after watching him as Alaric in TVD? : TheVampireDiaries
Matthew in Legally Blonde and The Vampire Diaries

He plays the role of Warner Huntington III in the movie. He is the guy because of whom Elle’s journey actually begins in the movie. After Legally Blonde, we saw him working in Cult, What About Brian, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Vampire Diaries, Legacies, The Originals, and many more. He is currently working in Legacies.


5. Paulette Bonafonte as Jennifer Coolidge

Why Paulette Is The Most Important Character In 'Legally Blonde' Jennifer Coolidge Said Her Experience On "Friends" Was "Serious" And "Intimidating"

The quirky character Jennifer is almost impossible to forget. The fans must have loved the energy Paulette Bonafonte brought to the movie, and it was infectious. She made a notable presence recently in a sitcom, Two Broke Girls. You must have also seen her spreading her energy in the American Pie Series, The Cinderella Story, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Single All The Way, etc. She is all set to return to Legally Blonde III.


6. Victor Garber as Professor Callahan 

Legally Blonde' Cast Then & Now: See Their Transformations – Hollywood Life
The professor in the movie, then and now

Victor Garber played the role of Professor Callan in the movie. Garber’s acting skills are simply unquestionable. He has already cast his spell, and we are all spellbound. After playing Callahan in 2001, he played several roles in movies, TV and gave on-stage performances. His notable performances in Argo, Titanic, Alias, and Legends of Tomorrow. We recently saw him work in 2020 in PowerKill the Poet, and Happiest Seasons.

7. The Villainess: Linda Cardellini

Legally Blonde: where are they now? |
Linda Cardellini, the antagonist, then and now

She’s the antagonist of the movie. Linda plays the role of Mr. Windham’s daughter and is the reason for his (accidental) death. She actually plans to kill her new stepmom out of spite but ends up killing her own father and instead, frames her stepmom. 


Linda, then 26, played the role with flair. We later saw her in Freaks and Geeks, Bloodline, ER, Scooby-Doo. She also voiced for many animated shows. Her recent appearance was in Netflix’s Dead to me and in the MCU as Clint Barton’s wife.

8. Ali Carter as Brooke Taylor-Windham

The Cast of "Legally Blonde" Then and Now The Cast of Legally Blonde: Then and Now


She is Mr. Windham’s new wife and is wrongly accused of murder. Ali Carter played Brooke’s character. She continued after Legally Blonde in 2001, and we saw her in the Final Destination movies, Resident Evil trilogy, and Legends. We also caught her in a TV show, The Rookie.

9. Ali Carter in the role of Professor Stromwell

Here's What The Cast Of "Legally Blonde" Looks Like Now | Legally blonde, Blonde, Holland taylor Two And A Half Men: This Is Holland Taylor's Amazing Career


The talented actor playing Professor Stromwell, Ali Carter has a long list of her work after Legally Blonde in 2001. Her performance in the sitcom, Two and a Half Men is notable and unforgettable. We also saw her in Hollywood, All My Children, The Naked Truth, Mr. Mercedes, The Truman Show, and so many more. She also starred in a one-woman play she wrote herself, Ann, for which she received a Tony nomination. Her most recent appearance is in the movie Bill and Ted Face The Music.

10. Elle’s best friend: Alanna Ubach

Legally Blonde" Cast -- Then & Now
Serena, Elle’s best friend, then and now

Elle’s confidante, Serena, has an important place in her life. We saw the character reappear in the movie’s sequel. 


Her best work is Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Coco, Euphoria, and Beakman’s World.  She also worked as a voice actress in many projects like Pound Puppies. Alanna Ubach is all set to return in Legally Blonde 3.

The list has tempted you to watch it again, hasn’t it? Legally Blonde 3 will soon be here to treat us. Meanwhile, hog on the previous parts.


Written by FandomWire Staff

FandomWire is a leading media outlet delivering entertainment content to hundreds of millions.