Jennifer Coolidge will forever hold a special place in every millennial’s heart for being the woman who taught us – and Elle Woods – how to bend and snap. In Legally Blonde, she was sassy, hilarious and pivotal in keeping Elle away from her gross ex-boyfriend. But, as it turns out, Coolidge is just as legendary in real life, too.
In a recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show to promote her new movie, Promising Young Woman – the Carey Mulligan-starring and Margot Robbie-backed drama which just got nominated for a Golden Globe – Coolidge recalled the time, “quite a few years back,” when she visited Hawaii by herself. During the trip, Coolidge ran into a pair of good looking best friends and instead of picking between them, decided to use her acting skills to have her cake and eat it too.
How, you might ask? By pretending to have a twin sister also on the trip.
“When you come and you’re on vacation alone, you can kind of create anything you want,” she told Clarkson. “I ended up meeting these two guys that were best friends, and I liked them both, so I told them that I had an identical twin, and I dated both guys.”
Naturally, a Parent Trap meets Mrs Doubtfire situation instantly springs to mind, specifically the scene in the latter film where Robin Williams is forced to run back and forwards to a restaurant bathroom getting changed in and out of his disguise. How did Coolidge get away with avoiding these unassuming best friends suggesting a double date? How many outfit changes did she have to do?
Of course, when you’re young and… dumb, you’ll do anything for love. Take the friend of mine who flew from Australia to London for a date, for example, or the other who drove a 12-hour round trip across Australia just for a hook up. Then there’s the one who, trying to hide the fact that she was seeing ‘Don’t Pick Up’ again from her housemates, backed her car out of the driveway and down the street with the engine off and her seat back, like an undercover cop (spoiler: they watched the whole thing through the window).
Me? Aged 17 I implored The Secret – the 2006 self-help book based on the belief of the law of attraction – to will a boy I liked into texting me. Surprisingly, he did. Even more surprisingly, I never used the technique again for anything actually somewhat significant (and no, of course it didn’t work out).
In short, we can all sympathise with Coolidge, she’s just far more professional than all of us put together. Could you imagine her driving across the country for a man? Never.
The most impressive part is that Coolidge managed to keep the ruse up for a full two weeks. While Clarkson was stunned by the confession, replying “That seems exhausting,” Coolidge said, “I don’t know if I would have the guts to do that now. But at the time, it was sort of a great decision because when you’re younger, you just get away with anything.”
Unfortunately for us, Coolidge didn’t clarify whether she ended up getting caught, or whether her holiday was just over after a fortnight. But either way, I hope these two best friends are happy, well and look back fondly at their time with the twins.