Reese appeared on Today with Hoda and Jenna on Tuesday, to promote her new children’s book Busy Betty. Reese talked about her early experiences of business – including lemonade stands – and that she was “kooky” and had a “big personality” as a child! She said she didn’t play much with other children as she was too busy performing and singing Dolly Parton to them, and that her kindergarten teacher told her Mom this and her Mom put her in acting classes! She also talked about how she’s always found it important to see how different parts of film-making happen (she worked as a production assistant when she was younger), and the work she is doing now to develop more roles for women. Reese talked about the spirit of Busy Betty, as well as the difference between parenting young children and adult children. They mentioned that it is the 20th anniversary of Sweet Home Alabama and Reese said she’d “make some calls” to get a reboot/sequel made! 😉 Reese’s gorgeous red jacket and trousers are by Alexander McQueen, and her shoes are Christian Louboutin.
Watch the interview below, and find HD screencaptures, still from the show, and some photos of Reese arriving at the studios in our Gallery:
Reese appeared on Good Morning America yesterday, as part of her promotional tour for Busy Betty. She talked about how she came up with the idea of Busy Betty – she was looking through photos of herself as a child during the pandemic and was reminded of all the businesses she started when she was little, and she wanted to write a book to teach children about business concepts. She talked about the influence of her parents on her work ethic, the trouble she got into as a child with her businesses, her kids, how she harnessed her creativity to become successful, and The Morning Show. Reese wore a striking blue jacket and trousers by Alexander McQueen, with a Lafayette shirt and Manolo Blahnik shoes.
Watch the interview below, and find HD screencaptures from the interview and photos of Reese outside the studios in our Gallery:
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Developing ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ Movie With Build-A-Bear This marks the first feature from the kids and animation division of Witherspoon’s company. The reimagining of the classic tale will lean heavily into the title character as a powerful female protagonist.
Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Harden’s production company Hello Sunshine and Build-A-Bear Entertainment are partnering to develop a reimagination of the classic children’s story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The movie — which marks the first feature from Hello Sunshine’s kids and animation division — will be a modern take on the classic tale that leans into the title character as a powerful female protagonist.
Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine’s head of kids and animation, Claire Curley, will executive produce the project alongside Build-A-Bear’s Sharon Price John and Foundation Media Partners’ Patrick Hughes. Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden said the hope is “for this collaboration to provide families a new way to experience and share” the company’s mission.
This is the first partnership between Hello Sunshine and Build-A-Bear, the global family-friendly branded toy and entertainment company.
“Over the last 25 years, Build-A-Bear has created a trusted fanbase rooted in family, personal connection, and storytelling with teddy bears, making them the perfect partner for this project,” Curley said in a statement. “We’re excited to collaborate with them to bring a new perspective to such a timeless tale that we know will inspire young audiences.”
Reese and Lauren Neustadter (Hello Sunshine’s President of Film & TV) have been named The Hollywood Reporter’s TV Producers Of The Year! Congratulations to Reese and Lauren on this prestigious honour! The September 28th edition of the magazine had a new interview and portraits of Reese and Lauren – read the article below, and find the scans and photos in our Gallery. Really great seeing Reese honored for her work so much 😀
Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter Are Doing Just Fine Without the Boys Club
Hello Sunshine’s top creative duo — and THR’s TV Producers of the Year — on that $900 million sale, a rom-com renaissance and the potential return of ‘Big Little Lies’: “I talk to Nicole Kidman about it all the time.”
Reading isn’t only fundamental. Sometimes, it’s incredibly lucrative. Reese Witherspoon proved that in 2021 when she sold Hello Sunshine, the media company she built on the back of her own voracious reading and savvy book rights acquisitions, to Blackstone-backed Candle Media for a reported $900 million. Not too shabby for a production outfit that many might have been quick to write off as another actor’s vanity shingle. But Witherspoon’s tastes — and those of Lauren Neustadter, Hello Sunshine’s president of film and TV — have populated one of the most thriving content suppliers in Hollywood. Blending marquee ensemble vehicles for its founder (Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show) with an aggressive slate of dramas starring the likes of Octavia Spencer (Truth Be Told), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Surface) and Zoe Saldaña (From Scratch, out Oct. 21 on Netflix), Hello Sunshine’s focus on female stories (from female storytellers) has made it a standout.
Further distinguishing the brand is its ever-diversifying portfolio. In February, the company acquired media and merchandising startup The Home Edit. And in July, it saw its first theatrical release since Hello Sunshine’s 2016 founding, Where the Crawdads Sing. The picture, an adaptation of an early Reese’s Book Club selection, grossed $130 million on a $24 million budget. Speaking in mid-September over Zoom, Witherspoon and Neustadter, THR‘s TV Producers of the Year, discussed new areas that they’ve identified for expansion, the biggest obstacle in populating sets with women and why Hollywood should be preparing for the impending rom-com renaissance.
You just hit the one-year anniversary of the sale. How would you describe this era of the company?
REESE WITHERSPOON It’s a big year for romance for us. We have a movie in December with Zoey Deutch called Something From Tiffany’s, a real return of the rom-com. And Ashton Kutcher and I have a movie coming out at Valentine’s Day, Your Place or Mine.
Reese attended the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday, where she was nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for The Morning Show. Unfortunately she didn’t win the award (it went to Zendaya for Euphoria), and The Morning Show went away empty-handed from its 3 nominations, but it’s still fantastic to see her nominated for her performance. Inside the show Reese was pictured alongside her The Morning Show co-star Martin Short (he guest starred in season 1), plus Jason Sudeikis, Laura Linney, and there was a Penelope reunion when she was spotted with Christina Ricci! Reese wore a sparkling blue and black sequin dress by Armani Prive, with Aquazzura heels and Tiffany & Co jewellery – her platinum necklace set had 160 carats of aquamarines, 49 carats of blue zircons, and nearly two carats of diamonds.
Lots of high quality photos from the red carpet, show and AppleTV+ after party can be found in our Gallery:
Buick taps Reese Witherspoon to narrate its vision of an electric future
American actress Reese Witherspoon is voicing her support for automobile brand Buick by narrating ‘Dream with Us,’ a futuristic vision of life in a hi-tech utopia.
Both parties are building a deep relationship with Buick, partnering with Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine to develop women-first messaging, starting with a sneak peek at the Buick Wildcat EV concept vehicle.
In the piece, Witherspoon narrates the technological marvels available to Buick drivers of the future including autonomous parking, the ability to change vehicle color to match your clothing and the use of augmented reality (AR) windshields.
Molly Peck, vice-president, Buick and GMC marketing, said: “We are very excited to continue our work with Hello Sunshine, a company that shares our vision of empowering and celebrating women.
“With the largest percentage share of female buyers in the auto industry, we know that more and more women are making vehicle-buying decisions and we’re thinking creatively about how to offer experiences tailored to them.
Oui by Yoplait teams with Reese Witherspoon and Eve Rodsky to embolden women
A new content series created by General Mills-owned Oui by Yoplait – in partnership with Reese Witherspoon’s media company and best-selling self-help author Eve Rodsky – follows the stories of three real women embracing their creative sides and making time for themselves.
French-style yogurt brand Oui by Yoplait today announced a new partnership with Hello Sunshine, actress Reese Witherspoon’s media firm. The goal? To uplift women and encourage them to ‘Say Oui’ (‘yes’ in French) to themselves and live intentionally.
‘Say Oui’ will center around a new video series featuring Witherspoon, who will star alongside Eve Rodsky, the best-selling author of Fair Play and Find Your Unicorn Space – books designed to help women set meaningful goals, rediscover their creativity, go after what they want and live more balanced lives.
Part of a multi-year partnership, the series will see Witherspoon and Rodsky help real women in different chapters of their lives to realign their priorities and cultivate creativity. The series tells the inspiring stories of three women: a stay-at-home mom makes time to pursue her passion for painting; a woman finds everyday hope and joy in ballroom dancing; another takes a leap of faith and tries out rock climbing.
“I know firsthand how difficult it can be to carve out time to make space for yourself,” Witherspoon said in a statement shared with The Drum. “This partnership and video series are so important as they will inspire women to find their creative passions and say ‘yes’ to themselves every day.”
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