With Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon became a girl power leader by showing that women can be both very beautiful and very intelligent. Since then, both in front of and behind the camera, she’s been making entertaining movies with empowering messages for women. As she describes in a roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, she is interested in projects that detail the lives of women in a way that goes beyond “just wives and girlfriends.”

During the roundtable, which also featured Jessica Lange, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Elisabeth Moss, and Chrissy Metz, Witherspoon discussed the power of showing female narratives in television. Asked what she wanted to be when she was five years old, she immediately blurted out, “The first female president of the United States of America.”

“I remember saying it and I remember being in kindergarten in Nashville, Tennessee, and saying it, and I had a female teacher,” Witherspoon recalled. “Some of the boys laughed, and she said, ‘I’ll be the first one to vote for you.'”

Witherspoon is obviously meant for leadership, and she’s always known it, apparently. In the meantime, before her presidential campaign, we’ll be here rewatching Sweet Home Alabama.

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(h/t Harper’s Bazaar UK; photo via Frederick M. Brown/Getty)