The Hollywood Reporter has put together a list of the Top 50 female characters in film and television – voted for by Hollywood professionals – and naturally, Elle Woods features in the Top 10.
Do you think any of Reese’s other characters should have made an appearance?
(link via Rachel McAdams Online)
Hollywood’s 50 Favorite Female Characters
No good roles for women? Not always. THR’s industry survey shows how Olivia Pope to Annie Hall become possible when the industry actually writes with 51 percent of the population in mind.
Whatever else one can say about gender equality in Hollywood, there’s clearly no shortage of female roles for space princesses, alien hunters and flying nannies.
For THR’s latest intra-industry poll, the editors asked Hollywood professionals — actors, writers, directors and others — to take an online survey of their favorite fictional female characters. More than 1,800 participated — twice as many women as men — but the results proved there isn’t such a great divide between the sexes after all, at least when it comes to what types of females we enjoy watching on screens. By comfortable majorities, both genders picked a certain Hogwarts know-it-all as their No. 1.
Naturally, the poll was anonymous, but some industry pros don’t mind sharing. “The tough Angelina Jolie characters in Wanted and Salt — and whoever Ava Gardner played in capri pants,” offers Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hunger Games franchise producer Nina Jacobson confesses to having a “soft spot for Katniss Everdeen,” while Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy admits that as a child she worshiped Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. “I used to think I was her,” she says.
Chances are, there’s at least one character on these pages who you once imagined being, particularly if you’re female — and maybe even if you’re not. After all, who hasn’t dreamt of bitch-slapping an alien, owning a pet dragon or even traveling by umbrella?
9/50 – Elle Woods, ‘Legally Blonde’
Played by: Reese Witherspoon
Witherspoon nearly turned down the role of Elle, thinking the 2001 part was a “frivolous sorority girl.” Then she saw Gloria Steinem in a documentary praising Goldie Hawn’s turn in Private Benjamin. “She spoke about how seeing a different side of feminism changed people’s ideas of what women could accomplish.”
Witherspoon, who played Woods in the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde as well, tells THR that fans from all over the world still come up to her to say they were inspired to go to law school because of her performance as the perky modern feminist character, “a sorority girl who valued her femininity and her own strength.”
Reese and Matthew McConaughey attended a screening of Sing in Los Angeles today, in aid of their respective charities Girls Inc. and the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation. Reese posted some photos on her social media pages which you can see below. Hopefully we’ll have more pics for you soon …
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) December 12, 2016
Here’s a 30 second clip of Reese and Nick Kroll’s version of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ from Sing – to listen to the full song you’ll need to sign up to Spotify…
Reese will be appearing on the following TV shows in the coming weeks to promote Sing:
Tuesday 13th December – The Ellen Degeneres Show
Friday 16th December – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Check back for coverage from each appearance!
Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts Team for ‘Penguin Bloom’ Adaptation
Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Watts and Bruna Papandrea are teaming up for an adaptation of the best-selling Australian book Penguin Bloom.
The story follows Sam Bloom, a Sydney-based mother of three who, following an accident, becomes paralyzed from the chest down and receives help from an unlikely source — a magpie named Penguin that helps the family adjust to Sam’s new condition.
New York Times best-selling author Bradley Trevor Greive wrote Penguin Bloom, which features photographs from Sam’s husband, Cameron.
Watts is set to star in the feature, which also is being produced by Aussie-based producer Emma Cooper.
Penguin Bloom will film in Australia. The production is still looking for a screenwriter and a director.
Even though Witherspoon and Papandrea have gone separate ways as producing partners under their Pacific Standard banner, which is responsible for hits like Gone Girl and Wild, the duo are still set to produce a number of projects they have in development. This includes an adaptation of Jessica Knoll’s Luckiest Girl Alive.
Watts will next be seen in Colin Trevorrow’s The Book of Henry and will star opposite Brie Larson in the adaptation of The Glass Castle.
Here are a batch of interviews with Reese on the red carpet of the recent LA premiere of Sing:
Access Hollywood: Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey & More Bring Their Kids To ‘Sing’ Premiere
Talk about a family affair! “Sing” stars Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Hudson all hit the red carpet with their respective children at the animated film’s Los Angeles premiere. Watch Matthew tell Access Hollywood how his kids helped him pick out what to wear! And, Reese admits which pop hit she was most nervous to belt for the movie.
Reese and Matthew McConaughey talk Sing and parenting to Entertainment Tonight:
Reese talks to ET at the recent Sing LA premiere: