Reese attended Elle Magazine’s Women In Hollywood Celebration last night, to honour the most influential women in Hollywood. She introduced her friend and Wild & Big Little Lies co-star Laura Dern, who was one of the honourees of the night. In her introduction speech though, Reese spoke about the topical issue of the moment, and revealed that she experienced sexual assault at the hands of a director when she was just 16 years old. You can read Reese’s impassioned speech within this post. There is a short clip from her speech available online, and this post will be updated when a full one becomes available.
Reese wore a black dress from Calvin Klein Collection, with Louboutin shoes and Irene Neuwirth earrings. The first photos have been added to our Gallery, and we’ll have more for you soon
Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Women In Hollywood Celebration speech
“I didn’t sleep at all last night. This is going to be a real emotional rollercoaster because, before we get started honoring one of my very favorite people in the whole world, I just want to say, this has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, for men in a lot of situations and a lot of industries that are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths.
I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I found it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate. A lot of the feelings I’ve been having about anxiety, about being honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier or taking action. True disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger that I felt at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment. And I wish I could tell you that that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly, it wasn’t. I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault, and I don’t speak about them very often, but after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight, the things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I felt less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my entire career.
And I’ve just spoken to so many actresses and writers, and particularly women who’ve had similar experiences, and many of them have bravely gone public with their stories. And that truth is very encouraging to me and to everyone out there in the world because you can only heal by telling the truth. Very smart, wise women have told me that in the past three days, and I feel very encouraged by this group of people tonight who have created a community of people who are champions now of a new attitude toward harassment in our industry and every industry that’s going to address the abuse of power in this business and every business and I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal.
For the young women sitting in this room, life is going to be different for you because we have you, we have your back. And that makes me feel better because, gosh, it’s about time. I just also want to say as a course of action because sometimes people, they talk about things but I was really thinking last night, what can we do, what can do we do? And I just want to say, there’s a lot of people here who negotiate quite frequently with different companies and heads of companies, and I think maybe during your next negotiation, this is a really prudent time to ask important questions like, who are your top female executives? Do those women have green-light power? How many women are on the board of your company? How many women are in a key position of decision-making at your company? Asking questions like that, I found, it seems so obvious, but people don’t ask those questions.
If we can raise consciousness and really help create change, that’s what’s going to change this industry and change society. So I’m so sad that I have to talk about these issues, but it would be, I would be remiss not to.”
Reese appeared on UK chat show The Graham Norton Show last night, alongside Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. During the interview, they spoke briefly about Big Little Lies and The Emmys, Home Again, Reese’s producing work and how she has developed this over the years (she admitted that Legally Blonde 2 was not as good as the first!), her Mum’s short but to the point film reviews, and the US president plagiarising Elle Wood’s graduation speech. It was unfortunately a really awkward interview that re-hashed old subjects and offered nothing new, however, it was fun to see her with these 3 other stars! Reese wore a little black dress by Altuzarra for the show. Find HD screencaptures in our Gallery, and a few clips further down this post:
As part of her Home Again promotion, Reese has taped an appearance on UK chat show The Graham Norton Show that will air tomorrow, September 29th. On the show she is joined by other guests Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Margot Robbie, and Bananarama – what a great line-up! Be sure to tune in to watch the episode tomorrow night! In our Gallery are a few HQ stills from the show and we’ll have videos and screencaptures for you over the weekend.
Reese celebrated her Draper James Fall Collection by making an appearance at the South Coast Plaza Nordstrom in Costa Mesa, California yesterday. She posed for photos and took the microphone to introduce the collection. She wore a little blue floral dress from the collection for the event. Find HQ photos in our Gallery:
Reese appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast Show With Nick Grimshaw to promote Home Again this morning. They also chatted about Reese’s daughter and English slang, and Big Little Lies and the Emmys. Below are a couple of clips, and you can listen to the full interview here (Reese comes in at about 1hr 40mins):
Reese attended the London premiere of Home Again earlier this evening, and she looked very glamorous in a dramatic black dress by Stella McCartney (accessorizing with Louboutin shoes and Cartier jewellry). On the red carpet Reese talked to reporters about what drew her to the film and what she enjoyed about working with a female storyteller; she was also congratulated on the Big Little Lies wins at the Emmys. We have the first HQ photos in our Gallery for you:
Wow, massive congratulations to the entire cast and crew of Big Little Lies who cleaned up at The Emmys last night!! They won a total of 8 awards, including Best Limited Series – which was a personal win for Reese as an executive producer – acting awards for Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard and Laura Dern, and directing for Jean-Marc Vallee. Find their full list of wins further down this post. On behalf of all Reese fans I think I can say how proud we are of her for the wonderful work she did both in front of and behind the scenes of Big Little Lies – this was clearly a passionate project for her and we’re so happy for her and the success and impact it’s having! And the same goes for the entire cast and crew who put together this fantastic show.
Reese was accompanied to the event by her husband, Mum and daughter, and posed on the red carpet with Nicole. Reese looked smart in a blue satin jacket dress by Stella McCartney (Reese wanted to wear a female designer), with a Tyler Ellis purse, shoes from Christian Louboutin, and David Webb jewellry.
This post will be updated with coverage from the night over the next day or so. To start with, we have a ton of videos from the red carpet. Photos are coming very soon….
Reese attended CAA’s Pre-Emmys Party in Beverly Hills last night to celebrate Big Little Lies‘ 16 nominations. Reese looked chic in a little black dress and posed with her Big Little Lies writer David E. Kelly and co-star/friend Laura Dern, as well as Geoffrey Rush and A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay. Find the photos in our Gallery:
Untitled TV Project with Jennifer Aniston
Luckiest Girl Alive
Tiny Beautiful Things
Barbie origins project
In A Dark, Dark Wood
Untitled Rob Long Project
The Thing About Jellyfish
All Is Not Forgotten
Three Little Words
Pale Blue Dot
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