A Legally Blonde superfan has used her job as an entertainment reporter to present Reese Witherspoon with the 15,000-word dissertation she wrote about the movie.
Sitting down with Witherspoon and her Wrinkle in Time cast-mates Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey, British reporter Lucy Jayne Ford started off her interview by revealing she was a ‘gigantic fan’ of all three women, but had dedicated her university dissertation to Reese’s Legally Blonde character, Elle Woods.
‘I wrote 15,000 words on you once, I wrote my university dissertation on Legally Blonde,’ Ford revealed.
Fan: Legally Blonde super fan Lucy Jayne Ford has used her job as an entertainment reporter to present Reese Witherspoon with a 15,000 word dissertation she wrote about the movie
Love in: Ford started off her interview with Witherspoon and her Wrinkle in Time cast-mates Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey by saying she was a ‘gigantic fan’ of all three women
Gifting suite: She then presented her university dissertation based on the character of Elle Woods to Reese
‘This is just from me, you can read it, you can burn it, you can clean your windows with it, but I feel like that was full circle for me, but I wrote that four years ago,’ she said as she presented her with her dissertation.
Ford attended the University of Leeds in the UK where she studied Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis.
Named Dumb Blonde Ambition: Legally Blonde, Post feminism and the Reimagination of the ‘Strong Female Character’, Ford’s dissertation revolves around the character of Elle Woods and how she defied the odds and stereotypes about her appearance to get into Harvard Law.
Clearly taken aback by her gesture, Reese told Ford, ‘you’re so sweet’ before adding, ‘thank you, that really touches my heart’.
And when Ford also admitted she has watched the movie a whopping 800 times, Reese responded by saying: ‘That’s amazing, thank you, that means a lot to me’.
‘Legally Blonde means a lot to me as well,’ Ford responded.
Bend and snap: In the movie, college student Elle Woods defies the odds and gender stereotypes to get into Harvard Law
Blast from the past: Ford wrote her dissertation on strong female characters four years ago while she was a student at the University of Leeds in the UK
Touched: Reese told the reported she was touched by her kind gesture and called it ‘sweet’
Scented: She also jokingly asked if the manuscript was scented, referencing how her character Elle Woods used to spray essays with perfume before submitting them
As the interview ended, Reese asked Ford one final question – ‘is it scented?’ she joked, referencing her character Elle’s habit of spritzing her college essays with perfume before submitting them.
‘I actually put perfume on it,’ Ford laughed.
Posting the video on Twitter and clearly overcome with emotion afterwards, Ford wrote: ‘The moment I handed RWitherspoon my 15,000 dissertation/love letter to Legally Blonde – and yes, it was scented.’
She added: ‘I blacked out somewhere between her taking it and Oprah saying “wow'”‘.