To celebrate their 25th anniversary, In Style have gathered several of their most famous cover stars from the past 25 years to each take a trip down memory lane and look back at their previous In Style covers. As well as talking us through their covers, the stars have been photographed for the current issue in a way that reflects their current selves. Reese tells us about her covers from 2002, 2004, 2009, 2015, 2016 & 2019, and for the latest photoshoot was snapped in May in New York City.
You can browse through all of the featurettes at InStyle.com. Read Reese’s article at InStyle.com or below, and find the photo in our Gallery. We’ll have scans for you asap.
Reese Witherspoon Doesn’t Want You to Worry
“In my early 20s I used to worry a lot. I was worried about being a good mom. I was worried about being a good actress. I worried about whether or not people respected me, or if I was kind enough. But in the end it all works out. Really!”
I was on my first InStyle cover in 2002, when I was 26. I had always been a fan of the magazine, so it was a big deal. Looking at that cover now, I can’t help but feel tender toward baby Reese and anyone else who’s going through that phase of life when they’re discovering who they are, especially in the public eye. I know what she’s about to go through and endure and triumph over, but she has no idea what’s to come, despite the fact that she does look all coy and knowing. I’m an actor: I might look like I know things sometimes, but I don’t.
Since then I’ve been on the cover of InStyle five more times. I guess you could say I’ve been swimming in the soup. It’s been a huge privilege and an honor. Sometimes I do cringe when I look back [at images of myself], but it’s only because I can’t believe I cut my hair or plucked my eyebrows a certain way. More than that, I usually just think about what a lovely way it is to remember milestones in my life, like finishing a project I was really proud of or having kids. It’s crazy how time flies, but I’ve learned so much about myself over the years. There’s a pretty good quote in my 2002 cover story where I said, “Listening to other people’s ideas about who you are can eat you up. Do they like me? Do they hate me? You could think about it all day long.” That’s something people say in their 20s. Once you’re in your 40s you don’t care what people think.
I came up in a time when Hollywood was about one body type, one beauty standard [blond hair and blue eyes]. Still, I was confident that the substance of what I had to say was more important than any external validation. I was always just being myself: a young mom, a comedian, a goofball. I’ve always been a goofball. I feel more comfortable making funny faces than serious faces, and even at 26, I wasn’t appearing on the covers of men’s magazines. That kind of hypersexualization made me feel awkward, and if I felt that way, I didn’t want to make other women feel that way.
To finish our run of TV appearances updates we’ve added some additional stills & screencaptures from Reese’s TV appearances in 2017, 2018 & 2019. We had coverage from most shows before but there are few new additions from this period in which Reese was promoting Big Little Lies, Home Again & A Wrinkle In Time.
This ‘completes’ the Talk Show section – for now! It’s been so much fun watching Reese’s interviews from over the years – she’s always so charming and funny! We are missing several of Reese’s appearances which we hope to be able to track down sometime – if you have videos or photos from appearances we don’t have we’d really love to hear from you.
A slightly smaller update today than previously – the 2016 TV Appearances section of the Gallery has been updated. We already had photos from most of the appearances but there are a few additional photos & screencaptures, including from Reese’s interviews on Ellen & Jimmy Fallon. Reese did a bit of promotion for Draper James and Sing in 2016, but was relatively low profile compared to the previous few years!
Most available videos have already been posted – browse through our 2016 news archives to watch them, and find the clip from The Project below.
Following on from our previous 2014 TV appearance update, we have an even bigger one for you this weekend! Over 6,000 photos & screencaptures from Reese’s TV appearances in 2015 have been added to our Gallery in the last few weeks. Reese started off the year with a couple of appearances to promote Wild during awards season, then promoted Hot Pursuit, and within that did some promotion for Draper James. She and Sofia Vergara also did the rounds of various Mexican talk shows which was fun to watch.
We’ve also added a few sets of screencaptures from some online interviews released this year. The Fandango interview is particularly great – Reese and the interviewer watch a scene from Wild and talk through it in depth.
I loved Reese’s interviews this year and she looked amazing! There are so many fabulous photos to browse through in this update, including rare photos from the Mexican TV shows. My favourites are the Despierta America, Good Morning America and Live With Kelly & Michael photos Many of the interviews are posted further down this post for you to watch, and enjoy browsing through the screencaptures in the Gallery:
The season 2 finale of Big Little Lies aired last night! It was a tense episode full of revelations and decisions. There were a couple of really nice scenes highlighting the friendship between Madeline & Celeste, but for us the highlight was again the Madeline & Ed scenes – although we won’t spoil it for those that haven’t seen the episode yet! Reese looked beautiful in her flower head-dress! Although this season was not on a par with season 1 for us, kudos goes to Reese for her incredible work as a producer on the show, and for her performance that just reminds us what a versatile and heartfelt actress she is. Seeing Reese spar with Meryl Streep on screen has certainly been a highlight of Reese’s career for us!
Just FYI, Big Little Lies was not eligible for the Emmys this year as it premiered after the May cut-off date the TV Academy have. It will be eligible for the Emmys this time next year in 2020, and the Golden Globes, SAGs etc. in 2019/2020.
A clip from this episode plus a behind the scenes look for the season from Hello Sunshine can be watched below. We have gorgeous HD screencaptures in our Gallery for you – remember that they obviously contain spoilers:
Season Two Finale. Celeste questions Mary Louise about a tragic event from Perry’s childhood; Madeline worries their lie is tearing the Monterey Five apart.
The penultimate episode of Big Little Lies‘ 2nd season – ‘The Bad Mother’ – aired on HBO on Sunday night. Madeline seems to be taking more of a back-seat this season which is a shame, but she again had a couple of nice scenes attempting to make up with Ed. The season finale airs next Sunday … how do you think it will end?!
We have HD screencaptures in our Gallery, and you can watch a preview for the finale below (HBO have not posted any clips from this episode, unfortunately).
Celeste is blindsided by Mary Louise. Renata learns that Gordon’s missteps are more than financial. Bonnie contemplates a solution to her mother’s suffering and her own ongoing guilt. Ed entertains an unusual proposition from Tori, before catching Madeline in an unguarded moment. The Monterey Five feel the pressure of increased scrutiny of Perry’s death.
The 5th episode of Big Little Lies‘ 2nd season, entitled ‘Kill Me’, aired on Sunday night. It was the least Madeline-focused episode we’ve had and her storyline did not really advance … but Reese & Adam Scott are a fantastic on-screen pairing!! HD screencaptures are in our Gallery, and below is a clip from this episode (Nathan & Ed bickering) and a preview for next week’s episode.
Renata (Laura Dern) deals with the fallout from Gordon’s (Jeffrey Nordling) legal troubles and attempts to help Celeste (Nicole Kidman). Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) relives painful memories from her past.
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