Reese Witherspoon Wants 'Legally Blonde 3' To Happen For Feminist Reasons

We need more women in government, onscreen and IRL.

Reese Witherspoon nearly started a riot last week when she publicly declared her interest in a new "Legally Blonde" sequel, and now we know why she thinks this is the perfect moment to check back in with Elle Woods again.

In a conversation with "Entertainment Tonight," Reese said, "I think it's a really great time to talk about women in politics because we need more women in politics. We're 50 percent of the population but we're only 17 percent of the government. We need some balance there."

And a "Legally Blonde" sequel might not be a bad way to get that balance, considering what an amazing example Elle Woods made for aspiring law students back in 2001. If anyone can inspire legions of ladies to run for office, it'll be her!


Unfortunately, it's probably too early to start papering the neighborhood with ELLE WOODS FOR PRESIDENT posters, because before Reese can reprise her role as our favorite fashion-forward attorney, she'll need an endorsement from Hollywood.

"I know people got excited about that," she said of her buzzworthy comments. Obviously, it'll take more than popular enthusiasm to get "Legally Blonde 3" in development, and Reese says it's too early to get too excited.

"I don't know," she said. "The screeners wrote me and they said they were going to think about it."

But really, when you think about everything Elle Woods has done so far, it seems like getting herself back onscreen for another outing should be a cinch. Right?