The film “Legally Blonde” star Jennifer Coolidge gives credit to Ariana Grande for reviving her film career.
In 2018, Coolidge was featured in Ariana Grande’s music video “Thank u next” as a cartoonish version of her famous “legally blonde” character, Manicurist Paulette.
On January 20, the 61-year-old star appeared on “The Tonight Show”.
Jennifer opened about how Ariana’s music video changed her career.
Coolidge told Jimmy Fallon It was the beginning of a lot of cool things that happened for me,”
I was going through a dead zone — not much was going on,” she continued. “Then, Ariana did this imitation on your show, and you encouraged her, and then this ball got rolling!”
After appearing in the famous Pop star’s music video, Coolidge has been receiving amazing roles in several high-profile projects during the previous years, including the films “Promising Young Woman,” “Swan Song” and “Single All the Way,” and Mike White’s HBO series “The White Lotus” Ior which she was nominated for Golden Globes 2021.
Coolidge also revealed that she reached out to Ariana on her Instagram even though she wasn’t sure if she’ll get a response from Ariana.
“I was like, ‘No! She’s got 260 million followers! Those are robots. The robots answer the DMs,’” she said. “I did it anyway and then this response came back and then the next thing you know, I was like going to her house getting a wardrobe fitting for ‘thank u, next.’”
Last year Coolidge celebrated her iconic film “Legally Blonde”s 20th anniversary along with star Reese Witherspoon.
The duo discussed the scene where they had to do the “bend and snap” dance at the hair salon. Reese quickly learned the choreography, Coolidge didn’t.
Coolidge told the “New York Times”
“One day I said to [the choreographer], ‘I’m not Elle, I’m the other character, Paulette, and I wouldn’t be really good at the ‘bend and snap.’ That’s not who I am,” Coolidge said at the time.
“And [the choreographer] said, ‘Jennifer, you need to learn this dance number and do your very best, because even if you’re trying to do your very best, you will still be the worst dancer.’ It was a very sobering moment. But she was right.”