The Real Story Behind Reese Witherspoon’s Return to Romantic Comedies
When the trailer dropped for Home Again, Reese Witherspoon’s newest movie, there was a palpable buzz around Hollywood and among her loyal cadre of fans. Timing was part of it—it’s the first project since the actress’ beloved turn in Big Little Lies. The sneak peek into the flick dropped just weeks before the Emmy nominations made official what everyone was expecting: That Lies was a critical darling in addition to taking over pop culture for much of 2017.
But Home Again also marks a ground-breaking transition for Witherspoon: It’s her return to romantic comedies after a five year hiatus.
She has become a staple in more serious awards material, what with her turns in films like Wild, and her slight retreat into behind-the-camera work (she produced Gone Girl and Big Little Lies), that her start in the industry begs reminding. When Witherspoon broke out onto the scene it was her quirkiness and affability that won over fans and critics (and studio executives). Romantic comedies were here bread and butter, their one-liners her legacy. Quotes like “You have a baby…in a bar” and “Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands” were synonymous with Reese.
One wonders what it would take to get Reese back to her old stomping ground after all this time. (And all that success). It’s easy to imagine that the A-lister is pitched movies endlessly, that she’s turned down countless roles that instead went to other actresses. Was it that she simply missed romantic comedies after all this time, and wanted to return to her roots? Not really.
Was it that she wanted to take a little mental break, to tear herself away from the crumbling marriages and murders of Monterrey? Sort of. As Witherspoon told E! News, there is something desirable about heading to the movies to feel good.
“There’s a lot of hard stuff to process out in the world right now,” said the actress. “I think it’s nice when a movie just makes you feel great, when it’s about family, love, togetherness and romance.”
But really, her motivation was more altruistic and, frankly, straightforward.
Emmys line up Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and others to present
The talent has arrived.
Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are just a few of the A-listers who will be handing out golden statuettes at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 17.
Keeping with tradition, the Television Academy has tapped several of its prospective and past winners to present at this year’s ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The first round of presenters announced Wednesday includes nominees Winfrey (“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”), Witherspoon and Kidman (“Big Little Lies”), Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of,” “Girls”), Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”), Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live,” “Match Game”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”).
Other presenters include TV stars Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”), Edie Falco (“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”), Anna Faris (“Mom”), Rashida Jones (“Angie Tribeca”), Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Lea Michele (“The Mayor”), Shemar Moore (“S.W.A.T.”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Adam Scott (“Ghosted,” “Big Little Lies”).
Stephen Colbert will host the ceremony, which will be telecast live on CBS at 5 p.m. Pacific.
Reese appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show today to promote Home Again. During the very funny episode, Reese chatted about her recent summer holiday with Deacon, her upcoming TV project with Jennifer Aniston, her new movie, and played a fun game of ‘Never Have I Ever’ with Pink and Ellen. Here are some clips from the show, and I’ll update with a full video and screencaptures when I can…
September 6, 2017 • Category: Films & Projects •
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Matthew Davis, who played Warner in Legally Blonde, spoke about Reese and the film in a recent interview:
Legally Blonde took the world by storm when it was released in the early ‘00s — and no one was more surprised by its smash hit success than the cast themselves.
“No one had any idea how huge it was going to be,” Davis said.
“All I knew was it had Reese Witherspoon in it — and I was a huge fan — but no one had any idea of the phenomenon it was going to become.”
So he didn’t quite know how to play it cool when he first met bona fide celebrity Witherspoon.
“I fanboyed out on her and embarrassed myself,” he admitted.
“I felt starstruck by all this because it happened so quickly and I hadn’t adjusted. I definitely wasn’t cool. At the first table read, I just kept going on and on about how much I loved her work, fawning all over her.”
It’s clearly still an excruciating memory for Davis: “I remember turning beet-red and later getting back in my car and just slapping my forehead, feeling like a fool.”
Thankfully, the more-experienced actress took it in her stride despite appearing “kind of surprised” by it and responded politely.
“She was gracious — she was very sweet … Reese is very professional.”
While it’s been nearly 16 years since the movie hit cinemas, Davis admitted he still can’t shake his bad-boy image.
“People are like ‘oh my God, you’re Warner, the a**hole from Legally Blonde! I get a lot of ‘oh, you’re such a jerk’ … but I think it’s funny. I think it’s charming.”
Reese graces the cover of the new October issue of US Glamour magazine, and inside she writes an article for the magazine about empowering women in Hollywood and promoting women’s rights. She touches on some of her female-driven projects including Wild and Big Little Lies, as well as A Wrinkle In Time, her children’s response to her producing work, and her goals with Hello Sunshine. It’s a really good read, and you can find the full article here. The article is accompanied by a fun and fantastic new photoshoot – find that, in HQ, in our Gallery!
Reese Witherspoon Knows Rom-Coms Need an Image Makeover
Romantic-comedy heroines can seldom have it all. They’re either professionally successful and unlucky in love, or great with the kids and unfulfilled at work or in the bedroom.
But in “Home Again,” a comedy due Sept. 8, Reese Witherspoon is a walking empowerment meme, complete with a wardrobe of pristine white blazers: she’s a newly separated 40-year-old, the mother of two precocious girls who starts a promising career as an interior decorator and shacks up with a hot 27-year-old.
“It never would have even crossed my mind that she couldn’t be all those things,” the writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer said, adding, “That wasn’t my experience growing up.”
Ms. Meyers-Shyer, 30, is the daughter of two filmmakers: Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated”) and Charles Shyer (“Baby Boom”). She spent her formative years on movie sets, before making her directing debut with “Home Again.” (Nancy Meyers served as executive producer.)
“In certain ways, Hallie knows more about the movie business than I do,” Ms. Witherspoon said.
Ms. Witherspoon, 41, has lately taken a big leap as a filmmaker herself, starting a production company to focus on projects led by women, with hits like “Wild,” “Gone Girl” and, earlier this year, the HBO mini-series “Big Little Lies,” about mothers in wealthy Monterey, Calif., that starred Ms. Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, among others. (A follow-up is being discussed with Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel on which it’s based, Ms. Witherspoon said.)
Speaking by phone from her Los Angeles home — and pausing briefly to greet Tennessee, the youngest of her three children — she spoke passionately about the changing roles for women on screen and how she wants to be a part of that change. These are edited excerpts from the conversation.
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