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America’s sweetheart, who was born in Tennessee, says she had two major strikes against her when she moved to California: In L.A. blondes are supposed to register somewhere between dumb and superficial, she told cinema.com. I have a further strike against me. I’m from the South. That’s not a good combination if you’re an actress trying to be taken seriously.
Carving Her Own Path
“I’m not ‘the next Julia [Roberts]’ or ‘the next Meg [Ryan], she told Marie Claire in 2005. I’m just me. I think there is room for everybody. Not to say that she doesn’t respect her peers, but there are some things the Southern belle won’t stand for. What gets me is how many women give up their sense of self, Reese tells UK Glamour. They objectify themselves I’m flabbergasted by how many legitimate actresses do that.
In one of her most popular roles, Witherspoon capitalizes on the very stigma that once worked against her. Making Legally Blonde (2001) was my own private campaign against a lot of prejudices and stereotypes. It’s important to be able to reach a larger audience, she told the site. It’s hard for directors to cast you if the studio tells them that you’re not box-office material.
A Public Divorce
The 32-year-old actress talked to Elle about her very public split from husband, Ryan Phillippe, with who she has two kids. It was very humiliating and very isolating But if it’s not painful, maybe it wasn’t the right decision to marry to begin with. When people say, ‘This will pass,’ you think, ‘Are they crazy?’ I’m never going to feel any better than I feel this minute and nothing’s ever going to make sense again… And I still have moments where I’m like, Nothings ever going to make sense again.
But she also adds that current beau of two years; Jake Gyllenhaal is fabulous. He really is a fantastic guy.
Type A Productions
I’m not the kind of person who sits on her hands very well, she tells The Ledger in 2002 about creating Type A Productions. It was really about creating the kinds of opportunities I always wanted.
Although her mom dubbed her Little Miss Type A when she was a kid, Witherspoon tells Elle, I don’t think I’m a control freak. It’s so funny to me that somehow I’ve been portrayed as a very, like, closed-off or uptight person. I’m very open.
She Walks the Line
Witherspoon was spot on in her portrayal of June Carter in Walk the Line (2005). She told MSNBC 2007, I wanted to be on Broadway when I was 12, so I had singing lessons, but nothing prepared me for what it’s like to stand in front of a microphone and hear it played back to you, Witherspoon said. It’s so humbling. Reese won the Academy Award for Best Actress for that role.
Body of Work
I have cellulite,” she’s told Vanity Fair. “I have stretch marks. My breasts are not what they were before I breastfed two children. I’m all about trying to make movies that have nothing to do with my body. That doesn’t mean that the young mother isn’t comfortable in her own skin. I feel like there’s a race being run in Los Angeles, she tells Marie Claire, For some unattainable goal – to be the best, the skinniest, the most beautiful. I just admit that that’s what I’ll never be.