Christina Applegate has some regrets in her career and they seem to be coming out during the promotional tour for the reboot of Vacation. It would seem that Applegate was up for the iconic role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, the Reese Witherspoon vehicle that eventually turned into a popular sequel and a musical of the same name.
“The script came along my way and it was right after I had just finished, Married [With Children], and it was a blonde who in that first script is dimwitted but ends up going to Yale, or Harvard, I don’t remember,” Applegate revealed. “I got scared of kind of repeating myself.”
While Applegate, understandably, was hesitant to play another ditzy blonde like she did for 10 years as Kelly Bundy on Married… With Children, she now admits that turning the part down may not have been the wisest decision.
“What a stupid move that was, right?” she said.
Can you blame her? Kelly Bundy was likely one of the most recognizable dumb blonde characters at the time and has certainly held the title in the annals of pop culture. Kelly Bundy goes to Harvard would be fun, but it’d be hard to believe that she managed to overcome it all by the end.
It worked out in the end with her excellent turn in Anchorman and a few other choice roles along the way. Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar.
Thankfully, the Oscars don’t matter.