‘How Do You Know’ Star Reese Witherspoon Recalls Softball ‘Crash Course’ ‘I’m not a ringer or anything,’ she tells MTV News of her newfound skills.
Because director James L. Brooks has only made six films in his career, most actors jump at the chance to work with him — as was the case when Brooks approached Reese Witherspoon for a role in the upcoming romantic comedy “How Do You Know.”
“[It was] incredibly flattering and terrifying at the same time,” Witherspoon told MTV News recently regarding her reaction to Brooks’ initial interest. “When he called me, I was like, ‘He wants to meet me? And do what?’ We sat down, and he said, ‘I want to write this character, and I want you to play it.’ And I was like, ‘Great!’ And he said, ‘I want you to be a professional softball player. Do you play softball?’
” ‘Yes, of course I do!’ ” Witherspoon recalled responding — but she admitted to MTV News in a whisper: “No, I don’t play softball. But I learned. I did a crash course with the UCLA Bruins, and they taught me. Three hours a day for four months. They really helped.”
Given the fact that there’s not much of Witherspoon’s character playing softball in the film, we wondered what motivated her to commit to such extensive training.
As posted about before, Reese appeared on Live With Regis & Kelly today to promote How Do You Know. I don’t have a full video for you yet (can someone help me with this?! Let me know!) but will of course continue looking for one. In the meantime, here is a short clip in which we see Reese talk about her chickens!
Reese Witherspoon: ‘How Do You Know’ When You’re Not In Love?
Reese Witherspoon’s upcoming movie poses the question “How Do You Know” when you’re in love, but Access’ Tony Potts asks how do you know when you’re not in love? Also, Reese tells Tony she had a “good time” working with co-stars Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson. Plus, how did Reese get a black eye while preparing for the movie?
When she’s not working, Reese Witherspoon is a full-time dedicated mom to her two kids, daughter Ava, 11, and son Deacon, 7. And although plenty of kids would think having Witherspoon as their mom would be considered cool, the 34-year-old recently revealed to MTV News while promoting her upcoming film “How Do You Know” that it’s the other way around: Her kids are the cool ones.
“They’re into the White Stripes right now. They’re both learning to play the electric guitar, and it’s kind of awesome,” she said. “They’re playing ‘Seven Nation Army’ around the house.”
An 11-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy into the White Stripes? We have to agree, she has cool kids.
“That’s the thing too: Having kids that grow up in L.A., the sophistication level is totally different,” she explained. “They are only into songwriters who write their own music, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I was not that sophisticated as a child.’ ”
Witherspoon once told Parents magazine that her kids with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe keep her grounded. “Realizing you’re not anything special to the kids is always a great sort of reminder that you’re just a regular person,” she said. “A regular embarrassing old mom. They know what I do for a living — that I’m an actress — but they haven’t seen any of my movies. Yet.”
Speaking of being embarrassing, Witherspoon said her daughter once asked her not to embarrass her at a Carrie Underwood concert. “She said, ‘Mom I really appreciate you taking me to the concert, but will you please not embarrass me in front of Carrie Underwood by singing because she’s a real singer and you’re just, like, a movie singer.’ ”
In the romantic comedy “How Do You Know,” the people in the story often struggle with questions over true love and loyalty. Lisa Jorgenson (played by Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon) is a Washington, D.C.-based professional softball player who, at age 31, finds herself out of a job when she is cut from her team. Lisa is dating a major-league baseball player named Matty (played by Owen Wilson) and they quickly move in together, but their relationship is often uneasy because of Matty’s self-absorbed ways and because Lisa starts to have doubts about settling down with him.
Before things got serious with Matty, Lisa went on a blind date with a nice-guy businessman named George Madison (played by Paul Rudd) on the same day she learns that she lost her job and the same day that George has been served with court papers for a federal case involving shady financial dealings by his father, Charles Madison (played by Oscar winner Jack Nicholson). After their disastrous first date, Lisa and George go their separate ways, but later they find out they have an attraction to each other. Complicating matters, Lisa has gone back to dating Matty, and George must decide whether to reveal his true feelings to Lisa so that he can possibly start a relationship with her. Meanwhile, George’s loyal assistant, Annie (played by Kathryn Hahn), struggles with being under orders from the authorities to keep confidential information from George as he is indicted on charges of stock fraud.
At a New York City press conference for “How Do You Know,” Witherspoon, Rudd, Wilson, Nicholson, Hahn and Oscar-winning writer/director/producer James L. Brooks sat down together to share their thoughts on the movie and how it related to their own real-life experiences. With so many funny people on the panel, they told plenty of jokes told during the press conference. Rudd had the whole room bursting with laughter when he told a hilarious story about one of the worst dates of his life — and he admitted that the bad date was his fault. Here is what this talented group of people said at the press conference.
The cast of ‘How Do You Know’ sure is packed with A-List stars; it features everyone Owen Wilson to Paul Rudd to Reese Witherspoon.
The movie, in theaters this Friday, is about Lisa, a young woman (Witherspoon) who must choose between two men — the charismatic but clueless Matty (Wilson) and the charming but flustered (George). The only catch: Lisa and George meet under the worst of circumstances, a premise that director James L. Brooks says was the inspiration for the film.
Moviefone talked to the three stars of the movie, along with actress Kathryn Hahn and director Brooks, last week about love, bad first impressions, dating faux and the ultimate question: How do you know?
Winning an Academy Award can make an actor’s career, open doors in Hollywood, or in some cases become a curse.
For Reese Witherspoon, who took home Hollywood’s Golden Boy portraying country singer June Carter Cash in 2005’s “Walk the Line,” it brought something no one — certainly not she — expected. A-list Hollywood writer/director James L. Brooks wrote a role especially for her.
Witherspoon portrays a top female softball player whose love life gets all mixed up in the romantic comedy “How Do You Know.” It hits theaters on Friday with co-stars Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson.
“Director and script are the most important thing (and) this was a no-brainer,” Witherspoon told Reuters. “He writes some of the greatest female protagonists.”
Indeed, Brooks has had a strong track record writing and directing movies with strong women characters, starting with 1983’s “Terms of Endearment” up through 1997’s “As Good as It Gets,” which earned Helen Hunt an Oscar for lead actress.
“Terms of Endearment,” about the relationship between a mother and daughter, won Oscars for best writing, directing and motion picture for Brooks.
In “How Do You Know,” Witherspoon plays Lisa, whose loses her life’s focus when her softball playing days come to an abrupt end at age 31.
She embarks on an affair with fellow athlete Matty (Wilson), a clueless baseball player looking for good times who tries to reform his ways under the sway of Lisa’s allure.
Movie stars often talk about how they aren’t really like the characters they play on screen.
Reese Witherspoon proves the point with silence. Her character Lisa in How Do You Know, the new James L. Brooks comedy opening Friday, is as taciturn as Witherspoon is talkative.
“I’ve never really played a character that wasn’t very verbal,” she said in an interview. “I mean, all I do is talk in movies!
“So this is a nice departure for me, to learn to, as my mother always says, ‘Never miss an opportunity to shut up and listen!’”
Good thing Witherspoon didn’t heed that advice making Walk the Line, the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, where she played June Carter Cash and both talked and sang her way to an Oscar.
In How Do You Know, Witherspoon’s plays a baseball star who would rather get in touch with her ball and glove than her emotions. She amusingly finds herself romantically involved with two men: stereotypical jock Matty (Owen Wilson) and sensitive businessman George (Paul Rudd). (A fourth character, played by Jack Nicholson, is there to complicate their lives in other ways.)
If this were a real-life romantic triangle and not a movie, Witherspoon would be talking the ear off a sympathetic friend or family member.
“Oh, yes. I talk endlessly about my romantic conflicts, my loves lost and gained — my life is a non-stop dialogue with my friends. So this very interior character, who knows she’s feeling things but she’s not sure what they are, really doesn’t know how to talk about them.
“And when people want to talk about it, Lisa wants them to stop talking. It’s a really interesting woman to see on film. Conversely, Paul’s character just can’t stop talking!”
So what would Witherspoon tell her intimate associates, if she were to find herself in the unlikely position of having two suitors at once? Which of the two guys, cocky Matty or chatty George, would she choose?
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