Getting to ‘Know’ Reese Witherspoon Witherspoon plays struggling athlete caught in love triangle in new comedy
Reese Witherspoon steps out of her comfort zone for her newest comedy, “How Do You Know,” opening Friday.
In this film from James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment,” “As Good as It Gets”), Witherspoon, 34, plays Lisa, a fading softball champion who juggles two suitors (Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd). The role takes her leagues away from the lovably perky Elle Woods of her “Legally Blonde” hits.
“The biggest challenge for me was that she’s not verbal, and I’m used to playing really talkative characters, women that speak about their relationships and talk about love and dynamics and boys with their girlfriends,” the Oscar-winning actress (“Walk the Line”) told reporters recently in New York.
“She’s like, ‘Shut up. I don’t want to talk to you right now. I have to go.’ That was a new character for me.”
But true, she discovered, for the female athletes she met.
Changing the subject from How Do You Know to Water For Elephants for a few minutes, news has emerged that the first official teaser trailer for Water For Elephants will debut in cinemas this Friday before How Do You Know. Entertainment Tonight will show a teaser tonight, and last night showed a teaser of the teaser…
Fans have seen Jack Nicholson play everything from a retired astronaut in ‘Terms of Endearment’ to a raging alcoholic in ‘The Shining,’ but in his new movie ‘How Do You Know’ Jack plays a character that causes the actor to reveal a softer side of himself that audiences aren’t necessarily used to.
‘How Do You Know’ follows Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) a young woman caught in between two men: George (Paul Rudd), a businessman, and Matty (Owen Wilson), a professional baseball player.
Jack plays Paul’s father in the movie, who showers his son in kisses. The Oscar winner tried to describe how he felt locking lips with Paul.
“I kissed him so many times,” said Jack, at the Hollywood premiere on Monday. “I had all kinds of emotions.”
Paul called his smooch scenes with Jack an experience he’ll never forget.
“I think I kissed him in every scene,” said Paul. “I think that might be a record for me.”
Owen savored his role as a man who doesn’t hold himself to social conventions.
“He’s one of these guys who doesn’t really have a filter,” said Owen. “He just kind of says what comes into his mind.”
While filming, the cast received a surprise that Reese revealed on the red carpet, saying, “We were shooting in Washington D.C. and we thought, ‘Maybe we can get in [the White House]?’ so we called somebody and took a tour. And as we were on the tour we got a message that the President wanted to say hi and he had just seen ‘I Love You Man’ and he loved Paul’s performance, and it was really exciting.”
‘How Do You Know’ hits theaters Friday, December 17.
Reese Witherspoon has already proven that she’s a pro at comedy. So when veteran writer/director James L. Brooks approached the Oscar-winning actress to star alongside Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd in How Do You Know, she jumped at the chance.
Tribute’s Toni-Marie Ippolito sat down with Reese in New York to talk about her love of rom-coms, working with Wilson and Rudd and what happens to her when she falls in love!
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