This is how one line from 'Legally Blonde' saved the life of a fan with severe depression
Now, I don't know about you but for me, Legally Blonde is just one of those go-to films. Whether you're contending with heartbreak or career woes, Elle Woods never fails to have your back. You're either chuckling along as she performs the Bend and Snap or crying in bed (also with a whole box of chocolates, of course) about some guy who definitely does not deserve your tears.
But while we derive great enjoyment from the film series, one person got a whole lot more out of it: namely, that it saved their life.
While Legally Blonde and Reese Witherspoon's incarnation of Elle Woods has meant a lot of things to a lot of people throughout the years, for one fan who was battling severe depression, it proved to be a veritable lifesaver.
The two films are packed with memorable and endlessly quotable lines. There's the now infamous "Bend and Snap," the time when Elle quipped "Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed," and of course, "I don’t think I’ve been this excited since Gucci became a publicly-traded company".
However, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the film's co-writer, Karen McCullah, revealed that one line in particular really resonated with a viewer who was going through a serious ordeal.
"I got an email from a guy who said that he was really depressed and was about to hurt himself when a friend called and asked him to go dancing," she explained to the publication.
"He said no, he didn’t want to go out. And then after he hung up the phone, he remembered the line, 'Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.'"
As any Legally Blonde fans will know, this line is spoken by Elle Woods in the first film as she explains in court why her client, Brooke Windham, was innocent of her husband's murder. Woods, who just came to the conclusion herself, confidently asserted "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands."
And it was precisely Elle's conviction that remained in this individual's mind years later, when he was battling demons of his own. As McCullah continued, "So he called the friend back, went dancing, had a great time, decided not to kill himself, and wrote me a letter saying, 'That line saved my life.'"
"What an offhand line to end up being so meaningful to someone. That blew my mind," she added.
Of course, severe depression can't be fixed by a simple night out of dancing, and the individual in question would be best off seeking treatment from a trained professional. But I think we can all agree that the fact that one line was able to resonate so much with someone and energise them when they were otherwise struggling is lovely.
And personally? I think we can all take something from it.
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