Earlier this summer, the world was positively taken aback when Donald Trump, the bona-fide President of the United States, appeared to steal Elle Woods’ powerful graduation speech from Legally Blonde.
And, yeah, you better believe that Reese Witherspoon noticed.
During an episode of The Tonight Show earlier this year, host Jimmy Fallon called out Trump’s address at Virginia’s Liberty University, insisting it sounded “kind of familiar”.
Cue him comparing it to a speech given by Witherspoon’s character from the 2001 film – and, with a dash of selective editing, he managed to make the two speeches sound almost identical.
“You must go forth into to the world,” says Trump, in his version.
“Passion, courage in your conviction, most importantly, be true to yourself. I did it.”
Meanwhile in Legally Blonde, Elle opts for the ‘we before I’ approach, saying: “It is with passion, courage of conviction, and strong sense of self that we take our next steps into the world, remembering that first impressions are not always correct.
“You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself… we did it!”
Of course, we can see why Trump was inspired by Elle – they both defied expectations to achieve positions of power while sporting carefully coiffed blonde hairstyles, after all.
Now Witherspoon has responded to the furore surrounding the two almost-identical speeches.
During a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen asked the Big Little Lies star if she’d spotted any similarities between Trump and Elle’s words of wisdom.
“I know!” she said immediately, with a laugh. “It’s just surreal, mouth open, like… really?”
Witherspoon added: “I think me and the writers [wrote the original] in five minutes.”
Reluctantly admitting she could see why Trump had looked to her for inspiration, Witherspoon allowed: “It is a good speech, though. When delivered well.”
Witherspoon previously said that she and the Legally Blonde team have definitely “thought about” bringing Elle back to counteract all of the negativity in the political arena right now.
“I do think that it’s a good time to do it,” she said. “I think women need that kind of positivity right now.”
Witherspoon added: “I think it’d be kind of a cool thing to have her be a Supreme Court Justice, or someone who runs for office… President, I mean.”
If anyone can raise our spirits in these dark times, it’s President Elle Woods.
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