Reese appears on the cover of the June issue of Fast Company, a US business magazine. She is named one of their ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ (#11 to be exact), and the magazine features an extensive new interview and a new photoshoot. See some behind the scenes videos on the magazine’s website, and find scans and photos from the shoot in our Gallery. It’s fantastic to see Reese recognised for her work like this!
How Reese Witherspoon is flipping the script on Hollywood The Hello Sunshine founder is channeling women’s voices into top-tier entertainment–and altering the dynamics of the entire industry along the way.
When Reese Witherspoon was 17, she had already appeared in four films. Still, she took an unlikely part-time job, as an intern in Disney’s post-production department. “I wanted to learn about editing, visual correction, and sound mixing,” she tells me 25 years later. Not long after, she worked as a production assistant on the 1995 Denzel Washington film Devil in a Blue Dress, helping with casting, among other things. Also: “I parked Denzel’s Porsche!”
That inquisitiveness, as well as nearly three decades in front of the camera, has made Witherspoon one of Hollywood’s most astute producers. She turned Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl into a $369 million worldwide hit in 2014 (that earned Rosamund Pike an Oscar nomination) and did it again, that same year, transforming Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, Wild, into a breakout success ($52 million plus Oscar nods for Witherspoon and costar Laura Dern). Then came HBO’s Big Little Lies, executive produced with costar Nicole Kidman; the cultural bellwether about female relationships and domestic abuse, based on a novel by Liane Moriarty, swept nearly every category for which it was nominated at the 2017 Emmys. After years of hearing from studio executives that there was no market for female-driven films, Witherspoon had succeeded to a degree that proved a hunger was there.
Her instinct for what women want is now being tested on multiple platforms through her 18-month-old storytelling company, Hello Sunshine. She and her team currently have shows in development at Hulu, NBC, and Apple TV (which has partnered on three projects, one rumored to be the biggest deal in history for a straight-to-series show), as well as a film at TriStar/Sony Pictures. But Witherspoon is also laying the foundation for a direct-to-consumer brand, one that is already beginning to speak to women through a website, social media, YouTube and Facebook videos, audiobooks, podcasts, and newsletters—whichever platform she and Hello Sunshine execs think best honors the story being told.
The Vanity Fair section of our Gallery has now been completed, with additional stills, posters, promotional photos, and trailer screencaptures being added today. I really enjoyed this film – Reese really bought Becky to life and carried the film against some prestigious British actors. Director Mira Nair said of casting American Reese in the classic English role: “I cast intuitively – in my films I cast as many non-actors as I cast actors. For me, it is intuition – I have to fall in love with an actor. It is a visceral response. Thackeray describes Becky Sharp as a minx. Also she’s described as someone who’s tiny, red-headed and thin. Reese had that completely minx-like irresistibility about her.” Enjoy the additional photos, and check back soon for more movie updates…
To continue our mission to complete the Gallery, the Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde section has now been updated and completed. Additional stills, posters & super-pretty promotional photoshoots have been added, along with screencaptures from a cute teaser trailer that I hadn’t seen before (watch it below!). As much as I love Elle Woods, this movie felt like a mis-fire and didn’t seem to capture the depth or real character of Elle seen in the first film.
Reese’s recent Disney fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle In Time can now be found on digital download and blu-ray/DVD, and we’ve added gorgeous HD screencaptures from the film! Reese was charming as the inexperienced but enthusiastic Mrs WhatsIt, but I found the film overall to be underwhelming and impersonal. There were some beautiful costumes and set designs though, and as a result we have some very pretty screencaptures:
In the last few weeks the Gallery has been updated with over 250 additional photos from the 2017 Emmys show & HBO After Party. As you will remember, Big Little Lies took home a number of awards, and Reese was honoured for her role as a producer on the show. This batch of photos has some fabulous shots from the show, and of Reese celebrating at the after party with her gold Emmy – I particularly love the photos with her co-stars, and Ava! More photos from the red carpet and press room coming soon…
Reese Witherspoon Launches New Show ‘Meet My Mom’ on Facebook Watch
Reese Witherspoon is adding another show to her growing list of productions.
Witherspoon and her media company Hello Sunshine, which focuses on telling female-driven stories, announced her newest show, “Meet My Mom,” which debuts Thursday (10th) on Facebook Watch. The five-episode, short form series centers on a chat between a celebrity and his/her mom, with the “Big Little Lies” star and her mother Betty kicking off the first episode.
“As a child, it’s sometimes hard to see your mom as an individual with her own life,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “But ‘Meet My Mom’ is the chance to get to know the real person behind the mom and find out what really makes her tick. I’m excited to bring this concept to the Facebook community and to hear from all of the other wonderful, hard-working moms out there.”
The rest of the series will stream throughout May and feature “Westworld’s” Leonardo Nam, YouTube star Lilly Singh, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, and model Ashley Graham in conversations with their families. “Meet My Mom” can be seen on the Facebook site, mobile app, and its TV apps.
This is just the latest project Witherspoon has taken on, as she also has the TV adaptation “Little Fires Everywhere” in the works, which she and Kerry Washington will both executive produce and star in. Meanwhile, Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston will topline a still-untitled morning show drama for Apple. Witherspoon will executive produce Apple’s “Are You Sleeping,” co-produced by Chernin Entertainment, with Octavia Spencer attached to star. She is also set to appear in the second season of the critically-acclaimed HBO series “Big Little Lies,” which she executive produces.
Our quest to complete the Gallery continues. Today the Sweet Home Alabama section of the Gallery has been completed, with additional stills, posters, set photos and promotional photoshoots. This is one of my absolute favourite Reese films! Reese says of the film that it “really represents the Southern values that you really respect”, and that “the similarities with Melanie really drew me to her. She was a lot closer to me than any other character I’ve played in recent years.” And of course her co-stars had a lot to say about her, with Josh Lucas telling the press of his admiration for Reese dating back to her first film – “Once I saw Man On The Moon it was like – and if you’re Southern for me that was like ‘there’s the girl!’ – she was just so glorious and sassy and snappy and smart”. Enjoy all the new photos….
Legally Blonde 3
Untitled TV Project with Jennifer Aniston
Little Fires Everywhere
Untitled Producing Project with Kristin Wiig
Are You Sleeping
Luckiest Girl Alive
Tiny Beautiful Things
Barbie origins project
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