And, according to Coolidge herself, viewers were drawn to the actress both on and offscreen.
“You know, I got a lot of play at being a MILF and I got a lot of sexual action from American Pie,” she said in a video for Variety‘s latest cover story. “There were so many benefits to doing that movie. I mean, there would be like 200 people that I would’ve never had slept with.”
Coolidge, 60, played the mother of Stifler (Seann William Scott) in the 1999 movie and its sequels, which included American Pie 2 (2001), American Wedding (2003) and American Reunion (2012).
In fact, Coolidge said she’s most recognized for her roles in American Pie and Legally Blonde, noting it’s “kind of a 50/50 thing.” Although, there is one line from the 2003 sequel of the Reese Witherspoon movie that she’s tired of hearing: “You look like the Fourth of July. It makes me want a hot dog real bad.”