Before the red carpet premiere on Tuesday, the Big Little Lies cast attended a press conference and did several press interviews for their show. Reese looked cute in a little blue Draper James dress, and posed with her co-star/co-producer Nicole Kidman at the press conference – we have 65 gorgeous HQ photos from the conference in our Gallery for you today!
In addition, another 80+ HQ photos from the red carpet premiere have been added to the Gallery, including some cute shots of Reese with Nicole, and her daughter and husband. And lastly for now, our original post covering the premiere has been updated with videos and articles from the night.
The New York Times interviewed Nicole Kidman to promote Big Little Lies, and it features several mentions of Reese and the development and production of the show; here are the Reese-related snippets:
How Nicole Kidman Puts Women First in Hollywood
It makes sense that “Big Little Lies” became a series on HBO rather than a feature film at a major studio. As superhero and other tentpole movies dominate the release schedules of the major studios, even bona fide movie stars like Natalie Portman, Daniel Craig and Bradley Cooper are bringing their projects to places like HBO, Showtime, Amazon and Netflix.
“There’s not as much of a separation anymore,” Ms. Witherspoon said in a telephone interview. “There’s a bigger pool to work in, the talent base is much broader than it used to be, and it’s become sort of a blur — what is television, what is a movie?”
Just two and a half years elapsed between conception to finished project. In the spring of 2014, Bruna Pappandrea, Ms. Witherspoon’s former partner in her production company (Pacific Standard), who is also friends with Ms. Kidman, read a galley of “Big Little Lies,” thought it was great and called Ms. Witherspoon, who was in New Orleans shooting “Hot Pursuit.” Entranced by the book, Ms. Witherspoon got Ms. Kidman, an old friend, to read it, too.
Ms. Kidman said she was drawn in by the many moods of the book, by its strong female characters, and that “as much as it’s about women who are feuding, who are trying to destroy one another, it’s also about friendships.” (The character she plays, Celeste, seems to have a perfect life, including a hunky younger husband played by Alexander Skarsgard, but it’s a facade that begins to peel away as the series goes on.)
She called Ms. Witherspoon back. “I said, ‘I’m in if you’re in,’” Ms. Kidman recalled. “And she said, ‘I’m in. Now all we have to do is get it.’” That meant persuading the author, Ms. Moriarty, at home in Australia, to sell them the exclusive rights.
Ms. Kidman was on her way there for a vacation, and she and Ms. Moriarty met in a coffee shop in Sydney. Ms. Moriarty said she had not expected much from the meeting. “I’ve had other books optioned before, and other authors have said, ‘Never get too excited until the day they start shooting,’” she said by telephone. “And Nicole said, ‘If I option it, get excited because I don’t just option things for the sake of it.’”
Reese attended the red carpet premiere of Big Little Lies in LA yesterday! Reese bought her daughter Ava along for the event, and the twosome posed together on the red carpet … Reese was also snapped with her co-stars Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz. She looked gorgeous and elegant in a dress by Elie Saab, with jewellry from Tiffany’s and Christian Louboutin shoes – I love this shimmery look on her! The Gallery has been updated with over 300 HQ photos from the premiere and after-party, and this post will be updated tomorrow with articles & videos from the red carpet…
The Gallery has been updated with scans from Reese’s recent magazine covers/spreads, including Vanity Fair, Variety and Elle. In addition, she is on the cover of the new issue of People Style Watch – it’s just a basic page on her inside, but we have scans of that for you too.
Reese and her Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallee appear on the cover of the new issue of Variety magazine, to promote their new TV series. Inside is an extensive interview about the production and planning of the show, the characters, and the casting; accompanying this is a sleek new photoshoot with the two. Read the interview and watch a behind the scenes video below, and find the first photos from the spread in our Gallery. We’ll have scans for you asap…
‘Big Little Lies’: Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Twisty Foray Into Television
Blame it on the weather. It was unseasonably cold in Monterey, Calif., when, deep into the 88-day shoot for “Big Little Lies” — after 10 straight days of late nights — the unthinkable happened: The usually unflappable Reese Witherspoon lost her temper. Faced with a difficult emotional scene, she yelled at director Jean-Marc Vallée.
Recalling the incident a few months later over tea at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, the two — who share an easy, effortless camaraderie — laugh at the memory. “I’m so sorry!” she tells him, sheepishly hiding her face in her hands. In his French-accented lilt, Vallée says, “I felt so sad because I knew it wasn’t her.”
But back in that fraught moment on the set, he turned to her and said, “Great! Let’s do it,” pushing her to channel her frustration into her performance. Vallée reports that Witherspoon — perfectly cast as the fast-talking, multitasking mother of two, Madeline Martha Mackenzie, in HBO’s new limited series about the tragic fallout of secrets in a small town — nailed the scene. (Based on the bestseller by Liane Moriarty, the seven-episode series debuts Feb. 19.)
Witherspoon, who serves as executive producer along with co-star Nicole Kidman, handpicked her “Wild” director for this creative reunion. (The 2014 film, based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, chronicles a woman’s journey of self-discovery as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail.) “I feel safe with Jean-Marc — more safe than I’ve ever felt with anybody, because he’s my brother, he’s my partner; I know he’s always going to demand the best, but I’m always going to bring my best,” she says. “We hold each other to those standards. We don’t have any artifice between us.”
It’s not simply the cliché about finishing each other’s sentences (and, yes, they do) but about completing each other’s vision. They may disagree (see above), but starting with “Wild” and now with “Big Little Lies,” they’ve formulated a chemistry that brings out the best in both of them.
Reese Witherspoon: Why the Time is Right for a Third Legally Blonde Movie
It sounds like we could be really close to seeing a third Legally Blonde movie!
“We’ve thought about it,” Reese Witherspoon exclusively told me at the Elle Women in Television dinner at Chateau Marmont. “I need somebody really clever to come up with a great idea and we’ll do it.
“I do think it’s a good time to do it,” she continued. “I think women need that kind of positivity right now.”
Elle Woods running for president? Sounds like a movie to me!
With that I asked Witherspoon what she thinks it will be like for women with Donald Trump in the White House.
“It’s a great privilege to be a woman in America,” she said. “We have many rights and freedoms that a lot of women don’t have all over the world. I try to celebrate that. I try to live that to its utmost, particularly the freedom of speech, being able to express myself, create shows like this to show how important women are in our world. That’s what I try to focus on.”
The shows that Witherspoon is referring to is her new HBO dramedy series Big Little Lies. She stars and produced the series based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel of the same name. The star-studded cast also includes fellow Elle dinner guests Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern as well as Adam Scott and Alexander Skarsgård. It was directed by Witherspoon’s Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée.
“I think diving deeply into issues that affect women so profoundly, it’s not just a sort of desired mission statement,” Witherspoon said. “It’s sort of a mandate in my life. Women are much more complex than what we’re seeing on screen and I feel it’s important to see how women behave with each other. And I think that’s a unique thing about this show. It’s how women really speak to each other about issues that really affect them.”
Big Little Lies premieres on HBO on Feb. 19.
Also attending the Elle dinner were the magazine’s editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, Mandy Moore, Chrissy Metz, Genevieve Angelson, Constance Zimmer, Kathryn Hahn, Lili Reinhart, Lena Waithe, Melora Hardin, Amy Landecker, Lisa Bonet and Kravitz’s Nocturnal Animals actor boyfriend Karl Glusman.
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