'The moment I gave Reese Witherspoon my Legally Blonde dissertation'

From BBC - March 14, 2018

For Legally Blonde fans all over the world - this is the ultimate moment.

Meeting Reese Witherspoon and handing over the dissertation you spent long nights pouring every part of your being into.

That's what happened to reporter Lucy Ford - whose university essay focused on the 2001 film and its role in creating strong female characters.

"Wow!" exclaimed Witherspoon upon receiving the pink-ribbon bound dissertation at a film junket on Tuesday.

"That's amazing, thank you. That means a lot to me," the star gushed, her face a mixture of genuine shock and delight.

Speaking to BBC News after a clip of the moment went viral, Ford says: "It was absolutely insane that I was able to do that."

She says the dissertation was "basically a 15,000 word love letter" to Legally Blonde.

Ford, who is an entertainment reporter for Bauer Media, was interviewing Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling for the release of A Wrinkle in Time - Disney's latest offering, which premiered in London on Tuesday evening.

The 26-year-old starts off the interview by declaring herself a massive fan of all three women, but confiding she had actually spent many hours studying Witherspoon - watching Legally Blonde in the region of 800 times.

She then hands over the paper, nervously saying: "You can read it, you can burn it, you can clean your windows with it".

"Really?!... That's so sweet," gasps Witherspoon in disbelief, as she shuffles forward eagerly on her seat to receive the document.

"Thank you - that really touches my heart."

Ford says that before handing over her dissertation, "I was nervous. Like REALLY nervous.

"As if it is not intimidating enough to be in a room with one of these women - let alone all three. They are all heroes of mine."

Ford continues: "I'd been wanting to interview Reese for a long time and finally the opportunity came up. I floated the idea of showing my dissertation to her in my production meeting as a joke. But my editor thought it would be a nice thing to do."

The entertainment reporter says she readied herself for a lukewarm - or even disappointing - reaction and had set her expectations pretty low.

"In this industry I know full well that meeting your hero is not always great, so I prepared myself for it to backfire,

But far from it, the three women appear delighted, with Witherspoon even asking one very important question at the end of the interview.

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