Reese appears on the cover of the June issue of Fast Company, a US business magazine. She is named one of their ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ (#11 to be exact), and the magazine features an extensive new interview and a new photoshoot. See some behind the scenes videos on the magazine’s website, and find scans and photos from the shoot in our Gallery. It’s fantastic to see Reese recognised for her work like this!
How Reese Witherspoon is flipping the script on Hollywood
The Hello Sunshine founder is channeling women’s voices into top-tier entertainment–and altering the dynamics of the entire industry along the way.
When Reese Witherspoon was 17, she had already appeared in four films. Still, she took an unlikely part-time job, as an intern in Disney’s post-production department. “I wanted to learn about editing, visual correction, and sound mixing,” she tells me 25 years later. Not long after, she worked as a production assistant on the 1995 Denzel Washington film Devil in a Blue Dress, helping with casting, among other things. Also: “I parked Denzel’s Porsche!”
That inquisitiveness, as well as nearly three decades in front of the camera, has made Witherspoon one of Hollywood’s most astute producers. She turned Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl into a $369 million worldwide hit in 2014 (that earned Rosamund Pike an Oscar nomination) and did it again, that same year, transforming Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir, Wild, into a breakout success ($52 million plus Oscar nods for Witherspoon and costar Laura Dern). Then came HBO’s Big Little Lies, executive produced with costar Nicole Kidman; the cultural bellwether about female relationships and domestic abuse, based on a novel by Liane Moriarty, swept nearly every category for which it was nominated at the 2017 Emmys. After years of hearing from studio executives that there was no market for female-driven films, Witherspoon had succeeded to a degree that proved a hunger was there.
Her instinct for what women want is now being tested on multiple platforms through her 18-month-old storytelling company, Hello Sunshine. She and her team currently have shows in development at Hulu, NBC, and Apple TV (which has partnered on three projects, one rumored to be the biggest deal in history for a straight-to-series show), as well as a film at TriStar/Sony Pictures. But Witherspoon is also laying the foundation for a direct-to-consumer brand, one that is already beginning to speak to women through a website, social media, YouTube and Facebook videos, audiobooks, podcasts, and newsletters—whichever platform she and Hello Sunshine execs think best honors the story being told.Continue reading this entry »
Reese talks about Mrs WhatsIt, her character in A Wrinkle In Time, in this video snippet:
— A Wrinkle In Time (@WrinkleInTime) May 31, 2018
The Vanity Fair section of our Gallery has now been completed, with additional stills, posters, promotional photos, and trailer screencaptures being added today. I really enjoyed this film – Reese really bought Becky to life and carried the film against some prestigious British actors. Director Mira Nair said of casting American Reese in the classic English role: “I cast intuitively – in my films I cast as many non-actors as I cast actors. For me, it is intuition – I have to fall in love with an actor. It is a visceral response. Thackeray describes Becky Sharp as a minx. Also she’s described as someone who’s tiny, red-headed and thin. Reese had that completely minx-like irresistibility about her.” Enjoy the additional photos, and check back soon for more movie updates…
• Movies > Vanity Fair
To continue our mission to complete the Gallery, the Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde section has now been updated and completed. Additional stills, posters & super-pretty promotional photoshoots have been added, along with screencaptures from a cute teaser trailer that I hadn’t seen before (watch it below!). As much as I love Elle Woods, this movie felt like a mis-fire and didn’t seem to capture the depth or real character of Elle seen in the first film.
More movie updates to come 🙂
• Movies > Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
Reese’s recent Disney fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle In Time can now be found on digital download and blu-ray/DVD, and we’ve added gorgeous HD screencaptures from the film! Reese was charming as the inexperienced but enthusiastic Mrs WhatsIt, but I found the film overall to be underwhelming and impersonal. There were some beautiful costumes and set designs though, and as a result we have some very pretty screencaptures:
• A Wrinkle In Time > Film Screencaptures x513
In the last few weeks the Gallery has been updated with over 250 additional photos from the 2017 Emmys show & HBO After Party. As you will remember, Big Little Lies took home a number of awards, and Reese was honoured for her role as a producer on the show. This batch of photos has some fabulous shots from the show, and of Reese celebrating at the after party with her gold Emmy – I particularly love the photos with her co-stars, and Ava! More photos from the red carpet and press room coming soon…
Reese Witherspoon partners with Audible to develop new audio story productions
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, who has recently emerged as a leading film and television producer, is partnering her popular book club with Amazon-owned audio content provider Audible, it was announced today.
Witherspoon’s book club, X Hello Sunshine, an arm of her multiplatform media company which produces feature films and television shows, will collaborate with Audible to create original audio productions in addition to showcasing audiobook stories that are centered around complex female characters.
The first month for Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine on Audible will be June. The first Audible Original by Hello Sunshine will be announced later in 2018.
“When I started Reese’s book club, I wanted to highlight stories with women at the center and I’m so excited to deliver on that mission,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “With our busy lives, it can be hard to find the time to read. That’s why I am excited to work with Audible to provide a fun way to listen to beautiful stories in your free time.”
Witherspoon has starred in a number of literary adaptations, appearing in movie versions of Tom Perrotta’s “Election”and William Makepeace Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” early on in her career. More recently, she produced film versions of Gillian Flynn’s novel “Gone Girl” and Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild,” starring in and earning an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for the latter in 2015.
Listen up! @rwitherspoon’s #bookclub is now on @audible_com. Listen along with #HelloSunshineOnAudible to hear female-driven stories, hand-picked by Reese: https://t.co/4qPWhmmnpy pic.twitter.com/uDykf7I7W0
— Hello Sunshine (@hellosunshine) May 22, 2018
Witherspoon also achieved success in television, producing and starring in HBO’s 2017 miniseries “Big Little Lies,” based on Liane Moriarty’s novel.Continue reading this entry »
Celebrity influencers to world leaders: ‘We put you on notice’
Oprah Winfrey, Madeleine Albright and Reese Witherspoon are among 140 activists, actors, business leaders and philanthropists to sign an open letter to world leaders demanding that they take action to close the gender gap and combat poverty.
“We’re putting you on notice,” the letter reads. “For 130 million girls without an education. For one billion women without access to a bank account. For 39,000 girls who became child brides today. For women everywhere paid less than a man for the same work.”
The letter is part of the “Poverty is Sexist” campaign spearheaded by ONE, an advocacy group co-founded by U2 singer Bono.
“There is nowhere on earth where women have the same opportunities as men, but the gender gap is wider for women living in poverty,” the letter says.
Valerie Amos, Chelsea Clinton, Arianna Huffington and Sheryl Sandberg are among the scores of influential signatories on the letter, ONE says.
The convener of Nigeria’s “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign, Oby Ezekwesili, also signed, as did actors and comedians including Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer and Juliette Binoche.Continue reading this entry »