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Reese Witherspoon on Portraying Hillary Clinton, Finding Great Roles for Women
Reese Witherspoon offered plenty of encouragement to fellow producers on Saturday morning by stressing the need to focus on the female audience — as demonstrated by her recent producing efforts, “Wild,” “Gone Girl” and “Hot Pursuit.”
“Women make up 50 percent of the population,” she said. “We should make up 50% of the movies we see.”
Speaking at the Producers Guild of America’s 7th annual “Produced By” conference on the Paramount lot, Witherspoon said the success of her Pacific Standard company stems partly from Hollywood knowing what to expect from the shingle. Witherspoon noted that she and partner Bruna Papandrea created the banner out of frustration with a lack of interesting roles for actresses.
“It is great to have specificity because people know what to send you,” Witherspoon noted. “We are looking for great female parts.”
But Witherspoon also noted that Pacific Standard wants to succeed on the basis on story. “The films we make are not chick flicks,” she insisted. “‘Wild’ is just about a human being.”
Speaking to a capacity crowd of more than 500 at the Paramount Theater, Witherspoon also addressed the question of whether she’d ever portray Hillary Clinton. She responded by saying that she’s been asked to do so several times and wryly pointed out that she portrayed a young version of Clinton as Tracy Flick in 1998’s “Election.”
“When I did meet Hillary Clinton she said, ‘Everybody talks to me about Tracy Flick in ‘Election,’” Witherspoon added.
Asked by moderator Will Packer if they believed they had made any mistakes with “Wild,” Witherspoon responded: “Shooting 55 locations in 30 days was probably not the best way to start, but we were determined.”
Both producers noted that they were also pregnant at the time. Papandrea said being a mother is not a disadvantage.
“I make better decisions because when I’m leaving my children, I want to do something I love,” she said.
Congratulations to Reese for receiving an Oscar nomination for her performance in Wild!! Her co-star Laura Dern also earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the film. One of Reese’s fellow Best Actress nominees is Rosamund Pike, for her performance in Gone Girl which Reese produced.
This is Reese’s 2nd Oscar nomination, following her win for Walk The Line in 2006.
The Oscars will take place on February 22nd and air live on ABC.
Actress In A Leading Role
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
Reese attended the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Sunday where she received the Chairman’s Award. The HQ photos of Reese arriving on the red carpet, during the award ceremony and after party are added in our gallery:
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Congratulations to Reese for receiving a nomination for Best Actress – Drama at the Golden Globe Awards! This was the only nomination for Wild from the Globes.
See the full list of nominees here.
The Golden Globe Awards will be held in LA on January 11th 2015.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
JENNIFER ANISTON: CAKE
FELICITY JONES: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
JULIANNE MOORE: STILL ALICE
ROSAMUND PIKE: GONE GIRL
REESE WITHERSPOON: WILD
“I’m extremely thankful that the film is being recognized in this way. Wild is truly my baby and was a labor of love from the beginning. Cheryl Strayed was so brave in putting her life’s journey into words and it makes me happy that this type of recognition will hopefully drive more people to experience it on film.” – Reese’s reaction to her nomination
December 11, 2014 • Category: "Wild"
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Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) and “Birdman” actor Michael Keaton trade stories about their careers and current acclaimed roles at the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors presented by Samsung Galaxy.
Congratulations to Reese on her Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for her work in Wild!! This was the only nomination for Wild from this awards group.
This is Reese’s 2nd nomination from the SAG Awards, her first of which was for Walk The Line back in 2005/2006 which she then won.
The awards ceremony will take place on January 25th 2015, and will air live on TNT/TBS.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – “CAKE” (Cinelou Films)
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – “GONE GIRL” (20th Century Fox)
REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – “WILD” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
December 11, 2014 • Category: "Wild"
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Reese Witherspoon Talks ‘Wild’ New Role
Fans get to see another side of Reese Witherspoon in her new film Wild, and she opened up about the role with ET.
Reese plays the real-life Cheryl Strayed, whose bestselling memoir of the same name details the brutal solo hike Cheryl took at the age of 26 along the Pacific Crest Trail. In the movie, the character goes nude and does heroin. Reese told us what she hopes her 15-year-old daughter Ava and 11-year-old son Deacon take away from the movie.
“If they can see this film and feel, both my daughter and my son, that they don’t need to be embarrassed or ashamed of themselves and that they’re going to be great, no matter what on their life, I think that’s a great thing to see in a film,” said Reese.
In fact, it was Cheryl’s candid approach to telling her story left an impression on Reese and drew her to playing a part so different from anything she’s ever done before.
“Part of the book that really struck me as an important part of the story was how Cheryl addressed her own sexuality,” said Reese. “She not only described these experiences but she also said, I’m not going to feel bad about them.”
The Oscar winner was fiercely committed to the role. Cheryl was even on the set to help Reese with authenticity.
“The director [Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee] would often times say cut, and he’d look at me and say, ‘What do you think?’, and I said, ‘I think Reese is not wearing a heavy pack,'” Cheryl said with a laugh.
Wild is out now in limited release.