‘From Book To Script To Screen,’ Reese Witherspoon Is Making Roles For Women
Actor Reese Witherspoon became famous in her 20s after starring in films like Election and Legally Blonde, but by the time she entered her 30s, the film landscape had shifted. DVD sales had shrunk and smaller, female-centered movies were in short supply. It was nearly impossible to find good leading roles for women.
Witherspoon began asking different movie studios what projects they were developing for women. “With the exclusion of one studio, everybody said ‘Nothing. Nothing with a female lead,’ ” she says.
So Witherspoon decided to start a production company and began adapting books with complex female characters into films and TV shows. The idea was to create better parts for women — and to help female authors get their stories sold.
Witherspoon’s company spearheaded the adaptation of Gone Girl, Wild and Big Little Lies, among other titles. Looking back, Witherspoon describes her shift into producing as “betting on myself.”
With the awards season coming up, Reese and Nicole Kidman have been doing some more promotion for Big Little Lies! They took part in a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversation together on Monday, and you can watch the interview below – it’s a treat!
On Friday, Reese and Jennifer Aniston appeared on The Graham Norton Show to promote The Morning Show. They were joined on the show by Julie Andrews and Ian McKellan, and Reese chatted about fame, her Oscar, producing, how she kept her costumes from Legally Blonde, Friends, and Big Little Lies. They also had a Friends quiz! Watch some clips from the episode below, and find screencaptures in our Gallery.
Reese appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier in the week, as part of her promotion for The Morning Show. She chatted about Big Little Lies, why she started producing, TikTok and The Morning Show. She also took part in a game of ‘Can You Feel It’, which was hilarious! She wore a black dress by Andrew Gn, with Wolford tights and YSL heels. Reese was at her most charming and funny, and it’s a must watch appearance!!
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Reese Witherspoon is proud of her wrinkles as she opens up about loving her 40s
Reese Witherspoon may have been acting in Hollywood since the age of 15, but as she embraces her 40s, the actress revealed that her career has definitely got better with age.
The mother-of-three spoke to Closer about her time working on HBO’s hit drama Big Little Lies and explained how her life experience helped her become a better, more well-rounded actor.
‘One of the things that struck me about Big Little Lies was how I saw my own life reflected in each of the characters,’ the 43-year-old said, ‘because I was a divorced woman, I’d been a single mother, a married mother, and I had another child in a second marriage.’
Having also taken on a producer role in the show, Reese said: ‘When I saw the first version of it in the editing room, I immediately noticed the little lines on my face and said to myself, “I like them, I got them one by one… I worked hard to get these wrinkles.”
‘Now I can play women who have lived more and gone through a lot of changes, not simply because I’m in my 40s but because I’ve gone through that kind of evolution myself.’
However, age hasn’t just brought on physical changes for the actress, but emotional and mental ones that she also sung the praises of, saying: ‘I think the 40s are the best years for women. You have a much clearer idea of who you are and you know exactly what you want.’
The story behind Reese Witherspoon’s brown hair in The Morning Show
In The Morning Show, Apple’s upcoming drama series all about the inner-workings of morning news shows, Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston play Mitch Kessler and Alex Levy, two famous news anchors living in New York City. At least until Carell’s Kessler is fired following allegations of sexual misconduct. Meanwhile, outside the Big Apple, Witherspoon plays Bradley Jackson, a rough-around-the-edges local reporter in West Virginia. And as viewers quickly realized when the series’ first trailer premiered, Witherspoon is rocking both a Southern accent and a brown wig for the part.
“[The wig] was Reese’s idea,” showrunner Kerry Ehrin recalls. “I think we tried the blond and then we tried a brown wig and when we saw it, it felt so different. And Bradley is just a little bit of a darker character. We just saw her as a little more dark and sarcastic and cynical.”
Witherspoon explains, “I had just gotten done playing Madeline in Big Little Lies and I wanted to do some stuff that was different. I didn’t feel like my character would be concerned with her hair or maintaining a certain hair color. She’s a very low-maintenance, pragmatic person. She’s an on-air traveling news reporter when we first meet her, so she literally has to be ready on the fly.”
The Morning Show premieres on Apple TV+ on Nov. 1.
Reese made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, to celebrate the new season of Ellen’s show and to promote The Morning Show. Reese chatted about The Morning Show, her love of dogs, and teaching her son to drive; she and Ellen also played a fun Big Little Lies-themed game! Here are a few clips from the episode:
Reese and Draper James’s Head of Design Kathryn Sukey appear on the cover of the Fall/Winter edition of Editorialist magazine this month. Editorialist is an online magazine focused on luxury accessories and jewellery. In the magazine, Reese and Kathryn pose for a new photoshoot, and talk about the inspiration for Draper James and upcoming plans for the brand.
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