Reese was in Washington D.C yesterday to take part in the Avon Communications Awards, which honoured various campaigns for their amazing work in publicising the need to end violence against women. Reese looked chic and pretty in a little black dress, and posed with the winners and Avon CEO Andrea Jung, as well as speaking on stage.
As you will read in the press release below, Reese has also filmed a new video campaign for Avon, sharing 3 ways to speak out against domestic violence.
Read about the Avon Communications Awards and Reese’s new campaign video in the press release below, plus watch the official video footage from the event. Photos from the event and screencaps from the three ways video can be seen in our Gallery!
Avon Global Ambassador & Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women Reese Witherspoon and Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung today awarded four global non-governmental organizations with the inaugural Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for their campaigns that are bringing attention to the need to end violence against women. Witherspoon and Jung presented the awards, funded by the Avon Foundation, at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., which brought together more than 1,400 advocates, activists and leaders from 96 countries to collaborate to change attitudes about such violence. The awards are part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which has donated nearly $40 million globally to end violence against women.
The film fans amongst us will know that today is Oscar day, and while our Reese is not involved in this years ceremony (she might attend, I don’t know – I’ll keep you posted), I thought it would be fun to do something here to mark the big movie event. So I racked my brains for an Oscar special with a difference, and came up with a big Election update! Many people think that Reese was overlooked for an Oscar nomination for her performance as Tracy Flick in this movie, but not only that, it’s director, the great Alexander Payne, is nominated at this years ceremony for Best Director for The Descendants.
Reese says she has remained friends with Alexander Payne over the years, and even mentioned in her recent live iVillage chat that they had talked about working together again. Just last week she presented him with the Filmmaker Of The Year Award at the ACE Eddie Awards. Of their movie together, Reese thinks that it has a “wonderful sense of honesty and reality” and says it’s director has a “unique voice”. She recalls her casting in the movie, saying “We had this weird meeting, then suddenly, the next week he offered me the role. He’d only seen `Man in the Moon’ and he was sure I could do it! I didn’t want to call him and say, `That was nine years ago, things have changed a little.’ But it worked out.” To this day Alexander says he still receives compliments on Reese’s performance in the movie, and has said of his Election star “She’s going to be interesting for a long time”.
Tracy: “Dear Lord Jesus, I do not often speak with you and ask for things, but now, I really must insist that you help me win the election tomorrow because I deserve it and Paul Metzler doesn’t, as you well know. I realize that it was your divine hand that disqualified Tammy Metzler and now I’m asking that you go that one last mile and make sure to put me in office where I belong so that I may carry out your will on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.”
We’re sure Reese is rooting for him at tonight’s event, and he certainly deserves to be recognised for his funny, moving and relatable movie The Descendants. As well as that movie, Reese has also recently revealed that she loved The Artist and Beginners.
TRIVIA:Did you know? Director Alexander Payne wanted to associate Tracy Flick with straight lines, and Mr McAllister with circles. He admitted that he didn’t think he did that very well throughout the film.
I’ve updated the Gallery with lots of Election-related photos, including stills, posters, a promotional shoot and pictures from the premiere. Check out our still-a-work-in-progress filmography page for the movie to read some interesting trivia about the movie. And scroll further down this post for videos from a few interviews Reese gave for the movie plus a couple of trailers.
Enjoy all these Election updates! And as always, don’t be shy – if you have something to say/if you want to share your thoughts on this movie etc. then leave us a comment!
Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine talk ‘This Means War’ and their real-life competition (Q&A)
Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy star in the action comedy “This Means War” and sat down with OnTheRedCarpet.com to discuss and joke about their real life rivalry.
Witherspoon, 35, stars in the film with Pine and Hardy. The actors play two CIA agents who are best friends fighting over the same woman, played by Witherspoon. The agents wage an epic battle against one another while Witherspoon’s character tries to determine which man is a better match for her.
While their characters competed on the big screen, they joked that it carried on in their real lives too.
“Oh yeah,” Pine responded when asked if the rivalry was real. “[There were] a lot of games of Go Fish off set, just you know, Old Maid, Scrabble, Words with Friends…Cribbage, Mahjong.”
Pine and Hardy were also open about transitioning from their more action-inspired roles in “Star Trek” and “The Dark Knight” to a more light-hearted comedy.
“I enjoyed it very much,” Pine said. “I liked the fact that we had a great script that Simon Kinberg had worked on and gave us, but really the fun of it was getting to know people and kind of working off one another, taking our cue off of Chelsea Handler…She is fun to watch.
“Yeah, it’s really nice to do something where I’m not taking myself too seriously and just have light banter,” Hardy added. “I really can’t help but to default switch to being really serious about stuff. I have a lot of fun laughing, which I do normally on other films anyway, but on this I think a lot more in this aspect, with that hysterical laughter. It’s almost a little bit out of my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed it.”
The film was released on February 17 and also features comedian Chelsea Handler, actress Angela Bassett and Abigail Spencer.
Check out what else the starring trio had to say about their film and romance in general, as well as their Oscar picks and favorites.
To celebrate our 16 years online, here we are spotlighting 16 of our favourite Reese things from the past 16 years. You will see a new one upon refreshing or changing the page.
"It took me years to be the woman my mother raised. It took me 4 years, 7 months and 3 days to do it, without her. After I lost myself in the wilderness of my grief, I found my own way out of the woods."
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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