On the official Elle website you can watch a behind the scenes video and interview of Reese shooting for the October cover! She looks so happy and smiley, it should put a smile on your face so be sure to watch it. We’re trying to save the clip so we can make captures and make a downloadable file, if you can help, please contact us. But for now enjoy it on their site and enjoy the behind the scenes photos. Read on for more of the published article.
Wild At Heart
By Holly Millea
The fact that you’re drinking is making me very, very happy,” Reese Witherspoon says, eyeing the glass of white wine on the table. “I think it’s great to drink in the middle of the day. I would join you, but I gotta drive to pick up the kids. You’re taking taxis everywhere. You could get drunk!” This cracks her up. “You could go from appointment to appointment highly, highly smashed!”
You can bet Witherspoon is the best time going—when she isn’t the designated driver. “I am. I’m fun. I can be really fun. I can tell we’d have a lot of fun if the tape was off.” The former cheerleader, debutante, Harpeth Hall girls’ school graduate, and Avon’s newly appointed “global ambassador” laughs like, Ohmygod, you have no idea.
In her white Seaton baby-doll dress, white sweater, and gold T-strap sandals, Witherspoon, 31, sits aglow in the sunlight streaming through the floor-length windows of the L.A. Getty Center’s hilltop restaurant. She has a heart-shaped face with a spray of freckles so faint they can’t be seen unless you’re near enough to smell the scent of shampoo in her creamy blond hair. When she gets excited, her blue eyes fire up and her eyebrows dance. The sparkly smile with its teensy underbite erupts into all kinds of laughter, underscoring emotions obvious and otherwise. “Why do Southern women make bad prostitutes?” she asks, answering: “’Cuz we have to write so many thank-you notes!” This sends her into stitches. It’s her mother’s favorite joke. “And so true!”
Mention of the tabloids elicits an ironic chuckle. “Everybody is hung out to dry now,” Witherspoon says. “It’s one thing if you’re up for it and you want it, and you go out without your panties on. But if you’re wearing your panties—gosh darn it, leave me alone!” Chuckle. Chuckle. Tight smile.
Sometimes she can’t help but laugh, like when she’s discussing moments that were defining for her children. “‘Mommy, where did the frog go?’ ‘The frog went to frog heaven, where there are a lot of flies and people don’t forget to feed the frog the right-size crickets, and Mommy’s not responsible for it.’” Guilty giggle. “Apparently, the crickets were too big. Now we’re thinking about a turtle.”
She howls when talking about her favorite films: “Oh my god, Joe Versus the Volcano? Dan Hedaya: ‘I know he can get the job, but can he do the job?’ So funny. And About Schmidt? I know every frame of that movie. The relationship he has with his daughter and how he really, really wants to help with the wedding reminds me so much of my dad. That he doesn’t know how exactly to be part of it, but he wants to.”
Then there’s the laugh that makes you want to cry. The one evoked by a memory of a defining moment of her own, which occurred a month after her marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe ended. “Right around Christmastime I was sitting in a parking lot,” Witherspoon begins. “And I felt like I just couldn’t get out of the car. It was like, I can’t get out of the car.” She laughs sadly, pressing her ringless hands to her cheeks. “And I thought, Okay, half of the parking lot has dealt with this. More than half of the parking lot has dealt with this. Okay, let’s make it a little bigger. Half of this city has dealt with this. Okay, let’s make it a little bigger—half of this country, until I finally got out of the car. It was like, It’s okay. It’s okay.
“There’s this moment in Walk the Line where June Carter says, ‘I was never very aware of how much I was seen.’ I was very aware of how much I was seen. It was this moment of self-discovery and loss of identity and who was stepping out of the car—you know? Who is that person?” Witherspoon knits her brow, concerned: “Should I not be this honest?
Check out the full article in the October issue of Elle magazine! On newstands now!