Director Alexander Payne said of her, "She's got that quality that men find attractive, while women would like to be her friend. Nobody else is as funny or brings such charm to things.
She can do anything." Analyzing the reasons behind her difficulty to find work, Witherspoon commented, "I think because the character I played was so extreme and sort of shrewish—people thought that was who I was, rather than me going in and creating a part. I still hate her.' So we had to make sure she was the kind of person you just can't hate." Meanwhile, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer concluded, "Witherspoon is a talented comedian who can perk up a scene just by marching in full of pep and drive and she powers this modest little comedy almost single-handedly." For her work, Witherspoon garnered her second Golden Globe Best Actress nomination and an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance.
Witherspoon regarded this as a "personal role" in that it reminded her of experiences she had when she moved from her hometown Nashville to Los Angeles.
In 2003, Witherspoon followed up the success of Legally Blonde by starring in the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur.
She is the recipient of several awards including an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award.
The film became a box office success and a cult classic.
Witherspoon said about the role, "When I read Legally Blonde, I was like, 'She's from Beverly Hills, she's rich, she's in a sorority. Later that year, she starred with Josh Lucas and Patrick Dempsey in Andy Tennant's film Sweet Home Alabama, where she played Melanie Carmichael, a young fashion designer who intends to marry a New York politician but must return to Alabama to divorce her childhood sweetheart, from whom she has been separated for seven years.Elle Woods has become a Harvard-educated lawyer who is determined to protect animals from cosmetics industry science tests.The sequel was not as financially successful as the first film and it generated mostly negative reviews.Also that year co-starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe in the drama film Cruel Intentions, a modern take on the 18th-century French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses.The San Francisco Chronicle praised her performance as Annette Hargrove: "Witherspoon is especially good in the least flashy role, and even when called upon to make a series of cute devilish faces, she pulls it off." She also appeared in a music video by Marcy Playground for the film's soundtrack.The following year, she starred in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, which emerged as her biggest live-action commercial success.In 2005, she portrayed June Carter in Walk the Line, which earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Critics Choice Award for Best Actress.She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.Witherspoon was raised as an Episcopalian, and has said she is proud of the "definitive Southern upbringing" which she received.She portrayed Jennifer, the sister of Maguire's character who is mainly concerned about appearances, relationships and popularity.Her performance received good reviews and garnered her the Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance.