See Reese Witherspoon React After Matthew McConaughey Reveals She Was His Childhood Crush

Reese Witherspoon had the most adorable reaction to discovering longtime pal Matthew McConaughey once had a crush on her. And we discovered the rom-com duo we didn’t realize we needed.

By Emlyn Travis Dec 16, 2021 5:30 PMTags

Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon can't stop singing each other's praises.

The two actors, who both star in the upcoming animated film Sing 2, sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show on Thursday, Dec. 16, to play a rapid-fire game that saw them discuss their very first celebrity crushes—and unintentionally create the next great summer rom-com along the way. 

For Reese, that initial infatuation was on a very classic rockstar. "Jim Morrison from The Doors," she said, before adding, "I was a weird kid." 

The Legally Blonde star, who is producing the adaptation of the classic rock-inspired novel Daisy Jones & the Six, had an explanation for why Jim lit her fire. "The Doors movie had just come out and I was maybe 14," she said of the 1991 flick, "and I was like, ‘Oh, he's so hot.' So I guess it was Val Kilmer [as Jim Morrison]." 

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After a moment, she confirmed that it was "really Val" that she had a crush on and that he was very "cute" in the film.

Matthew was impressed by his co-star's response ("Nice call!") which isn't all too surprising when you consider his answer. "I did have a little bit of a crush on the young lady sitting to the left of me from Man in the Moon," he said, referencing the 1991 film that Reese starred in at age 14. 

Reese's mouth dropped open at the casual crush admission from her long-time friend. "What?" She asked, before shouting, "Somebody write this down!"

Matthew explained that she was one of his "early, early crushes" as a kid. "If you've seen the movie, you see [it's] inevitable. I mean, what's not to have a crush on?" 

His co-star appeared very flattered by his comments, calling him "sweet" before inspiration struck, adding, "Now we just have to make a movie about it!"  

As the idea bubbled between them, the two pals began to speak over one another, with Matthew stating that About the First Celebrity Crush would be a "good title" for the film and that it would star "the three of us:" Matthew, Reese, and Val.

Reese chimed in, "It's a triangle!" 

"Oh my goodness," Matthew said about the movie pitch. "Something's gotta move. Something will happen when you've got nothing to lose." Uh, count us in for opening weekend.