Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, Wildly Close
The actresses, who star in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” developed a tight friendship after playing “sort-of awful people” and then mother and daughter.
A mutual friend introduced Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern in front of a restaurant in the Brentwood Country Mart complex in Santa Monica, Calif. They were already aware of each other; it was 2011, and both were movie stars of many years. They had also each played antiheroines in back-to-back late-1990s Alexander Payne films to unforgettable effect: Ms. Dern as Ruth Stoops in “Citizen Ruth” and Ms. Witherspoon as Tracy Flick in “Election.” But it was merely a quick hello.
They reunited in 2014 to play mother and daughter in “Wild,” a film based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir that garnered them both Oscar nominations. A friendship blossomed quickly — playing family, as luck would have it, made them so. They now star (and spar) as rival Monterey power mothers in the new HBO mini-series “Big Little Lies,” of which Ms. Witherspoon is also an executive producer.
Speaking by telephone and email, Ms. Witherspoon and Ms. Dern talked about their fast-tracked friendship, multiple collaborations and conversations with their mothers (Ms. Dern’s is the actress Diane Ladd). This conversation has been edited and condensed.
REESE WITHERSPOON I was with Howell outside a restaurant. Howell Caldwell’s our friend who’s a first assistant director, who’d worked with Laura, and he’s this big, funny guy from Texas, and he’s like: “You gotta meet Laura Dern. You’re gonna love her, you’re gonna love her mom.” Her mom is, like, the quintessential Southern mom, and I have a real Southern mother, too. He said, “You guys are gonna be best friends.” And I remember thinking: “Could I be best friends with her? I don’t know.”Continue reading this entry »
Reese appeared on US talk show ‘Conan’ on Tuesday night to promote Big Little Lies. It was a very funny interview, and Reese chatted about A Wrinkle In Time, Oprah Winfrey, her surprise Irish heritage, her kids, and of course Big Little Lies. I loved her Irish accent and Oprah impression! Plus, did you know that Reese is 63% Irish?! “It just makes so much sense!” she said, as she’s a great drinker and loves St Patricks Day 😀 We have lots of HD screencaptures for you in our Gallery, and within this post are videos from the interview:
Reese celebrates her 41st birthday today, and we’d like to wish her a very Happy Birthday!! She’s had a fantastic year with the success of Big Little Lies, and we wish her even more happiness and success in the year ahead! Thanks for sharing your talents with us and making us smile and laugh Reese!
The 5th episode of Big Little Lies aired this past Sunday on HBO and we have coverage for you within this post. I didn’t think Madeline’s storyline/development was as compelling in this episode as it has been in previous episodes, although it was nice to see a new aspect of her relationship with Ed. No doubt Madeline will place herself at the centre of whatever is going to happen in the last two episodes, as the drama builds! Further down this post are clips from the episode and the regular ‘inside the episode’ featurette, and in our Gallery you can browse through over 500 gorgeous HD screencaptures…
The penultimate episode of Big Little Lies, entitled, ‘Burning Love’, will air on Sunday March 26th on HBO. Here’s a preview:
Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) worries about the can of worms she’s opened for Jane (Shailene Woodley). Jane confronts Renata (Laura Dern). Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) tells Nathan (James Tupper) about a secret project Abigail (Kathryn Newton) has been working on. Meanwhile, Ed (Adam Scott) and Madeline have a frank conversation about the lack of passion in their marriage.
Reese attended the opening of the Planet Hollywood Observatory at Disney World in Florida yesterday, accompanied by Mickey Mouse and wearing a cute little red dress by Draper James. Here are a couple of videos, and we’ll have photos for you tomorrow…
HBO’s “Big Little Lies” is generating big buzz, and that’s no lie! With a powerhouse female cast including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, plus a twisted murder mystery, it’s keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Access Hollywood breaks down what makes the series such a must-watch. “Big Little Lies” airs Sundays at 9 PM on HBO.
Reese appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden last night, to promote Big Little Lies. Reese chatted about her shared exercise regime with James Corden, the potential for a Legally Blonde 3, Big Little Lies, and Fear, and she and fellow guest Tony Goldwyn then took part in a special ‘Wig Little Lies’ game. Reese was particularly perky, and the interview was very funny! Further down this post are a few clips from the show, and we have HD screencaptures in our Gallery: