Even Reese Witherspoon finds it difficult to globe-trot at her leisure.
“It’s hard to travel when you have two small children,” she says. But her work as Avon’s global ambassador has taken her around the world in the fight against domestic violence and breast cancer and for emergency-relief fundraising.
A two-day summit on women’s issues brought Witherspoon to the nation’s capital on Tuesday, where she unveiled Avon’s latest fundraising initiative: the empowerment necklace. The small silver chain is an offshoot of last year’s empowerment bracelet, which helped raise $4 million for the Avon Women’s Empowerment Fund.
There is another stunning image of Reese in the April issue of Elle on their site.
Also here is a little write up talk about the cover shoot.
Reese Witherspoon arrived at L.A.’s Smashbox Studio wearing a sunny ensemble of boyfriend jeans from RRL, a creamcolor henley, and beaded gladiator sandals from Sigerson Morrison. The Elle team presented racks of airy, clean-cut classics, including a beige Rodarte gown the star vowed to wear at her next red carpet engagement. The mother of two swayed to a mixture of the White Stripes and Maroon 5 (her own iPod), while photographer Carter Smith snapped her in a sharp Calvin Klein blazer and skinny trousers. When boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal made a surprise visit to the set, the couple embraced, and as Witherspoon’s mix turned to a Jack Johnson tune, the two dropped everything and started slow dancing. Do we hear wedding bells?
– Photoshoots: Elle (2009)
An Oscar, a divorce, and a guy named Jake have made Reese Witherspoon larger-than-life
On her divorce: “Very humiliating and very isolating…But, by the way, if it’s not painful, maybe it wasn’t the right decision to marry to begin with. Those are the appropriate emotions. When people get in your face and say, ‘This will pass,’ you think, Are they crazy? I’m never gonna feel any better than I feel right this minute and nothing’s ever gonna make sense again. And I still have moments where I’m like, Nothings ever gonna make sense again.”
On dealing with the pain that stems from divorce: “You see a lot of people play this blame game. Blame, blame, blame. You know? And it’s a really easy thing to do, and I’m certainly guilty of it. [You have to] look at yourself and go, ‘What part of this do I need to own? Which part of this is my responsibility? And that’s the painful work that you have to go through to hopefully get some real life knowledge out of it.”
On boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhaal: “He’s fabulous. He really is a fantastic guy. Unfortunately, he’s not in the movie, so we can’t really talk about him.”
Reese Witherspoon, global ambassador and honorary chairperson of the Avon Foundation for Women, announced at a press conference before the Global Forum a new Avon fundraising product: the Women’s Empowerment Necklace.
Launched as a companion piece to the 2008 Women’s Empowerment Bracelet, the Necklace is accessibly priced at just $5.00. It will be sold through Avon‘s Sales Representatives and on www.avon.com. All net proceeds of the Necklace will support domestic violence programs, building upon the $4 million already raised by the Bracelet in one year. In the US every Women’s Empowerment product sold will include a free Domestic Violence Resource Guide to increase awareness of this epidemic of violence and encourage everyone to speak out so it stops.
In the gallery you can view pictures of Reese at the conference. She looked very pretty and classy in a dark dress and wearing her own empowerment necklace. Thanks to Mariana for lending many photo donations of this event!
– Public Events: Avon Launches Global Mobilization Effort Against Domestic Violence
Monsters vs. Aliens makes it’s way to theatres in a few weeks (March 27th) and there have been several updates including new stills, posters and new trailers and clips. Check out all the clips at ComingSoon.net. There are even a few featurettes floating around, which I’m trying to get to make caps of. Reese is lending her voice to Susan Murphy aka Ginormica in the movie.
Reese and Avon have launched the Women’s Empowerment Necklace. It’s meant to serve as a companion piece to the 2008 Women’s Empowerment Bracelet, and the necklace is priced at just $5.00.
“I am proud to introduce the Avon Empowerment Necklace. Thanks to you, 2008 sales of the Empowerment Bracelet raised over $1 million for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and generated more than $2.5 million in additional funds for local programs in the US and globally to help victims and their families. Purchase the necklace now and let’s help stop the violence – together. Thanks for your support.” – Reese Witherspoon
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Avon Empowerment Fund to end domestic violence against women. It may be purchased on www.avon.com.
“Nearly a billion women worldwide are affected by violence. The Empowerment Necklace is an easy way for all women to take action and demonstrate solidarity to reduce the worldwide epidemic of violence against women. As Honorary Chair of the Avon Foundation, as a woman, and as a mother, I am proud to support this effort.” – Reese Witherspoon
– Avon: Women’s Empowerment Necklace
Alexander Payne is putting the finishing touches on the social satire Downsizing a script about small people, and has put together a big-name cast.
Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon have all committed to star in the film, which would likely land at Fox Searchlight, where Payne has a first-look deal.
Giamatti, who previously teamed with the director on Sideways, is on board to star as a man low on money who decides he can have a much nicer life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself.
Witherspoon, also a Payne alum, whose career took off after starring in Election, would play a woman Giamatti meets on his journey as a small person. Cohen would play a pint-sized foreigner.
There are no deals in place for the three principals, and no negotiations will take place until Payne finishes his screenplay, which he is penning with Jim Taylor. Jim Burke is producing alongside Payne.
Unlike previous Payne pics, Downsizing would require considerable special effects and could push the budget out of Searchlight’s realm.
Project marks Payne’s first pic since “Sideways,” which was a Searchlight pic.
Rumor is Alexander Payne (director of Election) might be getting into a new film soon and it’s being strongly gossiped that Reese Witherspoon will be one of the stars. The film also may feature, Sacha Baron Cohen, Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep. It’s all evidently in the preliminary stages but we’ll keep you informed. It could certainly be interesting with that cast/crew behind it!
“Nothing is locked down at this juncture, not even script, certainly not cast,” Wells’ source says. “[Payne is] still working on screenplay, although he’s close.”
Source: Hollywood Elsewhere