Academy Award winner REESE WITHERSPOON (Rosita) has created
the kind of unforgettable characters that connect with critics and audiences
alike, making her one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses.
Witherspoon recently wrapped production on the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies,
adapted from the 2014 novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty. Witherspoon will
star opposite Nicole Kidman, who is co-producing the miniseries under her
Blossom Films production banner alongside David E. Kelley, who has adapted the
script. Directed by Jean Marc Vallee; Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Alexander
Skarsgard will also star.
She will soon start production this fall on the Nancy Meyers-produced feature
Home Again. Written and slated to be directed by Meyers' daughter, Hallie
Meyers-Shyer, Home Again centers on a single mother who relocates to Los Angeles
and finds herself living with three younger men who become part of her
Witherspoon was most recently seen on the big screen in the Warner Bros. comedy
Hot Pursuit, which also starred Sofia Vergara. Produced by her production
shingle Pacific Standard Films for Warner Bros. and directed by Anne Fletcher,
the comedy follows the story of a police officer, played by Witherspoon, who
goes on the run in Texas with a prisoner (Vergara). The film was released on May
In 2014, Witherspoon starred in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's
eponymous memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail," which
was also produced under the Pacific Standard banner. Directed by Vallee (Dallas
Buyer's Club), Witherspoon portrayed Cheryl Strayed on her 1,100-mile hike along
the Pacific Crest Trail to help cope with her mother's death, a failed
relationship and a drug addiction. For her portrayal, Witherspoon received
Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, Critics'
Choice Movie Award and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award
That same year, Witherspoon starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice
alongside Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Joaquin Phoenix and Maya Rudolph; and in
Warner Bros.' The Good Lie, directed by Academy Award winner Philippe Falardeau.
She also served as a producer of the critically and commercially successful film
In May 2015, Witherspoon launched Draper James, a retail brand with a focus on
fashion, accessories and home decor inspired by the American South. The brand is
named after Witherspoon's grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James
Witherspoon, who remain among her greatest influences today. Manufactured and
designed in-house, the brand recently launched direct to consumers online at
DraperJames.com, followed by its first brick-and-mortar store which opened in
Witherspoon's hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2012, Witherspoon founded her production company Pacific Standard, which has
focused on producing female-driven projects, which include the Oscar-nominated
films Wild and Gone Girl. Pacific Standard will also produce Walt Disney
Pictures' Tinker Bell, a live-action take on the classic Peter Pan character
Tinker Bell in which Witherspoon will star in the title role, and Pale Blue Dot
for Fox Searchlight. Their development slate also includes Ashley's War for Fox
2000, Luckiest Girl Alive for Lionsgate and All Is Not Forgotten for Warner
That same year, Witherspoon starred in Jeff Nichols' coming-of-age drama Mud
alongside Matthew McConaughey. The film premiered to rave reviews in competition
at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and at its domestic debut at the 2013 Sundance
Previously, Witherspoon was seen in 20th Century Fox's romantic comedy This
Means War. Directed by McG, she starred alongside Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, who
play two CIA agents and best friends who discover that they are dating the same
woman. Witherspoon was also seen in the period love story Water for Elephants
with Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz.
In 2009, Witherspoon was heard as the voice of Susan Murphy in the animated film
Monsters vs. Aliens, and in 2008 starred opposite Vince Vaughn in the hit comedy
Four Christmases. In 2010, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Witherspoon strongly supports the passage of the International Violence Against
Women Act, which creates a comprehensive approach to combat violence.
Witherspoon has been active on behalf of the Rape Treatment Center at the Santa
Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Save the Children. She currently serves on the
board of the Children's Defense Fund, with whom she has been involved for many
years, raising money and awareness for their many programs. Since 2010,
Witherspoon has been actively involved in Stand Up To Cancer and recently hosted
their annual benefit.
In 2006, her extraordinary performance as June Carter Cash in the 20th Century
Fox bio-pic Walk the Line earned her the Academy Award for Best Performance by
an Actress in a Leading Role as well as the BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG
Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association
Award and People's Choice Award, among many others.
She is also known for her indelible performance as Tracy Flick in Alexander
Payne's Election and as the loveable Elle Woods in the break-out hits Legally
Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.
Other notable films include Sweet Home Alabama, which had the largest opening at
the time for a female-driven romantic comedy, Mira Nair's Vanity Fair, Gary
Ross' Pleasantville and the teen cult classic Cruel Intentions.
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