What the cast of Legally Blonde looks like today

In 2001, Legally Blonde proved that there was so much more to legal screen stories than deep character debates and grim procedural details. The peppy film showed that a woman scorned can become a Harvard ace, even if armed only with a Fashion Merchandising degree, a cute pooch, and a closet full of pink. Audiences did the bend and snap en masse to see Elle Woods conquer the Socratic method and put her doubters to shame, and the film's sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde, made a nice mint at the box office as well.

Reese Witherspoon announced in 2018 that she would be slipping back into her sequin bikini for Legally Blonde 3, with some of the original creative team on board, and the studio has since set a release date for Valentine's Day 2020. So, to celebrate the next phase of Elle Woods' blonde ambition tour, here's a look at what the original cast of Legally Blonde has been up to since taking over Harvard Law.

Reese Witherspoon

Much like her character in Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon has been a beacon of determination and success in Hollywood. While she might have become a rom-com regular shortly after the film's release, she also managed to wow the film world with her depiction of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, earning an Academy Award for her portrayal of the real-life musician. 

When her role options no longer satisfied the actress, she started taking matters into her own hands and producing films and television series that offered her (and other women) meatier screen moments. She was celebrated for her starring role in the adaptation of Wild, even earning another trip to the Oscars for it, and she was a driving force behind the ultra-successful thriller Gone Girl. Meanwhile, her work in Big Little Lies has also proven her mettle on the small screen. Thanks to her voracious appetite for books, Witherspoon has an entire library of stories she intends to see on the big screen, so her Hollywood hot streak is nowhere near its end.

Luke Wilson

Although he was a heartthrob in the Legally Blonde movies and a few other films, Luke Wilson, who played Emmett in the legal romcom, has never quite become a regular leading man in movies. He did enjoy top billing in films like My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Idiocracy, but much of his filmography has been filled in with independent movies and supporting roles that feature him as a likable and relatable nice-guy type. However, he did enjoy a recurring role in the hit HBO series Enlightened, and he has made a few headlines for his real-life heroism along the way as well. 

Wilson has admitted that part of the reason he's not an A-lister, despite having a recognizable name and face and some respectable work under his belt, is that he hasn't been gunning for the top quite like his peers. "You can see how people plan a career, which I never really did," he admitted to Backstage. Still, he's had no trouble keeping the lights on and is pleased with his career. "I love being an actor who works, that's what makes me happy," he told Canada's The Star.

Selma Blair

Vivian Kensington is just one of Selma Blair's most memorable roles from the turn of the millennium (count her roles in Cruel Intentions and The Sweetest Thing among her others), but her career started to slow down soon after. Thanks to some personal setbacks, she has also had trouble reclaiming the wholesome image that informed so many of her prior roles. After starring with Charlie Sheen in TV's Anger Management, for example, she was let go after engaging in a dispute with the actor over his work ethic, and it took several years for her to return to the small screen with a very small role in The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. In 2016, the actress had to publicly apologize after she was removed from an airplane and carted away on a stretcher following an outburst on her flight. 

Later, however, Blair became something of a figure of the #MeToo movement, as she revealed she was willing to risk everything to expose the director who'd allegedly sexually assaulted her. Her screen career has since started to look up again, as she nabbed a central role in Netflix's sci-fi series Another Life.

Matthew Davis

He might not have been Legally Blonde fans' favorite guy after delivering such a convincing performance as the selfish jerk Warner, but Matthew Davis has managed to win over a lot of audiences in the years since thanks to his TV role as Alaric Saltzman. The character was introduced in The Vampire Diaries' first season and has been a regular mainstay of television's vampire drama scene ever since, with Davis reprising the role in the series' spin-off The Originals and its follow-up Legacies. Outside of that role, however, he has had some trouble getting his standalone small-screen vehicles into gear. His 2013 series Cult was canceled after a single season, and the 2017 ABC drama Las Reinas, which would've featured Davis as a main player, was not ordered to series by the network. It's a good thing there's still a lot of vampire-slaying to do for the actor.

Jennifer Coolidge

Shortly before she became everyone's favorite beautician Paulette in Legally Blonde, Jennifer Coolidge helped bring the term "MILF" into the mainstream as Stifler's Mom in American Pie. She went on to continue that role in the film's sequels but found that she was being typecast as the buxom blonde in movies. She told IndieWire, "I would say 90 percent of the scripts that show up on my door are women who have had lots of plastic surgery that are married to rich men — sort of a trophy wife."

She added, "Some women really do get it all. For me, it is the same thing that happens over and over. I should change that and maybe write my own thing." For what it's worth, the television side of the industry had a little more to offer her, with roles in shows like Joey, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Gravity Falls, and 2 Broke Girls.

Victor Garber

Before Legally Blonde featured him as the despicable Professor Callahan, Victor Garber was best known for his work in films like The First Wives Club and Titanic, but he has since carved out an successful career in television. He has enjoyed recurring roles on a bevy of series, including Web Therapy, Legends of Tomorrow, and Showtime's Power. He earned three Emmy nominations for his Alias role and was even recognized for his guest stint on Will & Grace

Despite his prolificacy in TV, though, Garber has still been part of prestigious films like Argo and Sicario, and he has been busy on the Broadway circuit as well, starring in the 2018 revival of Hello, Dolly! to much fanfare. Of his career's variety, he told Time, "Really what interests me is the material, and finding something I think would be fun to do. I make my choices based on that."

Holland Taylor

By the time she became the spicy Professor Stromwell in Legally Blonde, Holland Taylor was already decades into her career. However, the bulk of her many Primetime Emmy nominations would come afterwards, as a result of her long stint on CBS's Two and a Half Men. Despite starring on the series for more than a decade, however, the actress claims she doesn't like to be in one place for too long, career-wise. As she told the Times Colonist, "I think variety and change and mixing things up is essential for me because I have a kind of mild ADD and I jump from thing to thing." 

She's since gone on to star in a regular role on Mr. Mercedes, but, true to her word, she has mixed things up a bit over the years, having crafted a political play inspired by one of her heroes' passing. Her name has also made headlines a great deal thanks to her relationship with fellow TV star Sarah Paulson. 

Ali Larter

Like many of her fellow Legally Blonde alums, Ali Larter turned to television after appearing in the film as exercise guru-turned-murder suspect Brooke Taylor Windham. After reprising her role as Clear Rivers in Final Destination 2, a send-off to her teen drama days, she starred in multiple roles for the hit NBC series Heroes. She also starred in the series Legends and Pitch while picking up various film roles, including a part in Obsessed, which earned her a Razzie nomination

After becoming a mother, she found that working on a small-screen set was simply more accommodating to her new lifestyle, telling Philadelphia Style, "When I'm there, I'm there and I'm present. But as a working mom, I arrive on time, and the second I wrap I am out of my trailer and on my way home to Teddy." 

Although she is still a working actress, Larter has found a new calling as a cooking aficionado. She channeled her enthusiasm for entertaining guests at home into a cookbook titled Kitchen Revelry: A Year of Festive Menus from My Home to Yours, as well as a lifestyle website.

Jessica Cauffiel

Jessica Cauffiel was pitch perfect as the goofy sorority girl Margot in Legally Blonde, but she hasn't had much luck in the entertainment business since her role in the iconic film, despite some early success. After Legally Blonde, the actress scored small roles in films like Stuck on You and White Chicks and enjoyed brief recurring roles in series like The Drew Carey Show and My Name is Earl. Before long, however, her filmography took a backseat when she took on an entirely new role as a mom. As she has shared in some of her Instagram tributes, being a parent has become her biggest priority. 

However, Cauffiel, who's remained close to co-star Alanna Ubach, has teased a return to the realm of comedy, and has confirmed her plans to return for Legally Blonde 3. So, prepare to see her break out the old halter tops and spray tan sooner rather than later.

Alanna Ubach

She might have been a little bit ditzy on screen as Serena in Legally Blonde, but Alanna Ubach has been utterly savvy about carving out a successful career since the film's release. Between earning guest roles on prestigious TV shows like The West Wing and Friday Night Lights, stealing scenes in films like Waiting… and Bad Teacher, and performing on soundtracks like Coco, she has kept herself very busy over the years. Ubach has been especially successful on the small-screen side with recurring roles on several series, including Men of a Certain Age, Hung, Dietland, and the buzzy series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

Like Cauffiel, she is also "so jazzed" about returning to Legally Blonde 3 and has even pitched a few ideas for the future of her character to TV Insider, suggesting, "Serena was quite the athlete/Laker girl. Maybe she cut an album and is now a judge on American Idol? Divorced Joseph Pilates' great-great-grandson? Engaged to Jack LaLanne's great-grandson?" Hey, anything can happen in La La Land.

Linda Cardellini

After she appeared in Legally Blonde's jaw-dropping courtroom scene as the two-faced heiress Chutney, Linda Cardellini's career really started kicking into hyperdrive. She starred as Velma in the live-action Scooby Doo films, earned a small but compelling role in Brokeback Mountain, and became a regular star of ER. Things haven't slowed down for her since, as she continued on the TV drama scene with roles on Mad Men (which earned her a Primetime Emmy nomination) and Bloodline, and she's also enjoyed a bounty of voice work in shows like Sanjay and Craig and Robot Chicken. She also enjoyed the renewed popularity of the now-cult favorite Freaks and Geeks and even got to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Age of Ultron

If her resume seems a bit scattered, that's because Cardellini likes to change things up pretty regularly. She told Pretty52, "I tried to take as many different turns as I could to make it interesting for myself and hopefully for everybody watching." Hey, as long as she's not framing people in court, everything's a-okay.

Oz Perkins

It's hard to imagine anyone pulling off the creepy but kind classmate David Kidney quite as well as Oz Perkins, who happens to be the son of Psycho's Anthony Perkins. But unfortunately for Perkins, roles like that of Kidney are few and far between. So, after continuing to earn bit parts in films like Not Another Teen Movie, Dead & Breakfast, and Star Trek, the actor started hatching his own projects as a writer-director. His first script was for 2010's Removal, which he starred in. He quickly began to hit his stride with thrillers like The Blackcoat's Daughter and I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. He now goes by his given name of Osgood Perkins and doesn't seem to be slowing down on his new career any time soon, as he's been hired to direct horror films like Gretel and Hansel and A Head Full of Ghosts.

Meredith Scott Lynn

She may have only appeared briefly as the activist student Enid in Legally Blonde, but Meredith Scott Lynn's career has hardly been a flash in the pan. She has also been a fixture of the TV scene, with guest roles in shows like Roswell, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and American Horror Story: Murder House. She also starred in the TV movie Menendez: Blood Brothers, and her most consistent work has been her long-lasting role as Anne Milbauer in Days of Our Lives

Acting isn't her only interest however. Lynn has also committed her time to traveling around the United States to champion education on issues like gun violence and healthcare as the founder and CEO of Write Brain Books. As she told Business View Magazine, the work has been very fulfilling to her when acting has been slow. "For an actor, unless you have a full-time gig, you need to create your days. Make a meaningful life," she explained. "That entrepreneurial spirit of 'keep going, keep creating, stay busy and be of service' is how I stayed happy and productive when the acting jobs were few and far between."

Bruce Thomas

He might not have been given a name beyond "UPS Guy" in the Legally Blonde films, but actor Bruce Thomas has been steadily working to make one for himself in real life. The actor went on to enjoy guest roles in television series like Weeds, CSI: Miami, Star Trek: Enterprise, Desperate Housewives, Kyle XY, Faking It, and NCIS. He still pops up in movies from time to time — like 2011's Hall Pass — but more regularly, he can be heard voicing characters for video games like Green Lantern: Emerald Nights, Gears of War: Judgment, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Fallout 4, to name a few. On top of that, he also does the motion capture work for the Master Chief character in the Halo video game franchise, so even if you haven't seen him lately, you've probably heard or even played as him at some point or another.

Raquel Welch

It probably wasn't too much of a stretch for Raquel Welch to become the fancy Mrs. Windham Vandermark in Legally Blonde because the lady is absolutely a living legend. She was already several decades into her career before she donned her stunning wardrobe for the film, but she continued steadily working for years afterwards. She's appeared in shows like American Family, Welcome to the Captain, and Date My Dad, along with films like House of Versace and How to Be a Latin Lover

Even in her 70s, the actress had no plans of slowing down or escaping her image as a sexpot. She told Express, "It is nice to be noticed. I think it is much better than not being noticed." She added, "I'm not fussy and don't go to great lengths to try to preserve what I have. As long as I still look like Raquel Welch, I'm happy. As long as people are still interested in me, then I'll carry on working."