During her press run for ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, Reese Witherspoon was gifted a 15,000 word thesis/dissertation titled ‘Legally Blonde, Postfeminism and the Reimagination of the ‘Strong Female Character’ that a reporter wrote for her uni degree some four years ago.
University assignments usually get lost to the sands of time about three seconds after they’re submitted – well at least that’s how a lot of my assignments went. But for UK journalist Lucy Ford, she spent so much damn time and energy on the huge assignment for her Bachelor of Cultural Studies at University of Leeds that she wasn’t going to forget about it any time soon.
In fact, when she got to interview Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey for their new flick, she realised that the whole experience of writing the huge piece four years ago had finally come full circle.
The footage of Reese getting a copy of the final product is probably the purest thing you’ll see all week, I know it’s melted my cold, dead heart.
The moment I handed @RWitherspoon my 15,000 dissertation/love letter to Legally Blonde – and yes, it was scented. I blacked out somewhere between her taking it and Oprah saying ‘wow’ #WrinkleInTime pic.twitter.com/56XV8FElqV
— lucy ford 🍊 (@lucyj_ford) March 13, 2018
Reese’s reaction is so honest and genuine. She looks god damn shocked that someone would dedicate an entire major uni assignment dissecting and discussing the development of female characters in Legally Blonde.
The only thing she seems to be able to ask is “is this scented?” which of COURSE it is, Lucy’s whole thesis would have been for naught if it wasn’t scented with perfume. I do wonder if she’d tracked down a bottle of Tommy Girl for the light spritzing.
Oh and having THE Oprah say “wow” at something that you’ve poured hundreds of hours on during your uni years would straight up give me a heart attack. Forget the actual grades given on the assignment, Oprah’s approval is what I’d be chucking on my CV immediately.