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Legally Blonde’s alternate ending saw an Elle and Vivian romance

The queer ending we deserve!

In 2001, Elle Woods’ era-defining pink fashion and signature blonde hair graced our TV screens in Legally Blonde – culminating with Reese Witherspoon’s empowering graduation commencement speech, which was so iconic that even Donald Trump supposedly plagiarised it in 2017

Now – on the film’s 20th anniversary – screenwriters Kristen Smith and Karen McCullah and actor Jessica Cauffiel (who played Elle’s best friend) have shared an alternate ending with a queer storyline. 

In an interview with The New York Times, Cauffiel explained that one version of the script saw Elle and Vivian (played by Selma Blair) join together romantically post-rivalry. “The first ending was Elle and Vivian in Hawaii in beach chairs, drinking margaritas and holding hands,” she shared. “The insinuation was either they were best friends or they had gotten together romantically.”

McCullah added: “We originally cut to a year later, Elle and Vivian were good friends, and Vivian’s now blonde.They had started the Blonde Legal Defense Club and were handing out fliers in the quad.” The gay ending we all deserved, TBH.

Cauffiel teased a third ending, consisting of “a musical number on the courtroom steps, and as Elle came out, the judge, jury, and everybody in the courtroom broke into song and dance” – which we’re also extremely here for. Cauffiel admitted that she has been “waiting for somebody to leak” that storyline for 20 years.

Legally Blonde remake where everyone is gay,” suggested one fan on Twitter. We’ll be waiting.