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Romantic comedies are nothing new for Reese Witherspoon, but her role in James L. Brooks’ new film, How Do You Know, presented some interesting challenges.
“This character is a woman who has a hard time conveying her emotions — and doesn’t even really want to talk about things,” Witherspoon says of professional softball player, Lisa.
“The biggest challenge for me was she’s not verbal, and I’m used to playing really talkative characters and women who speak about their relationships and talk about love and dynamics and boys with their girlfriends,” the actress explains.
“And she doesn’t really have that Greek chorus of women around her,” she adds. “So that was a new character for me, and really interesting. And I had to meet a lot of women like that.”
The film follows Lisa as her affections pinball between a commitment-phobic baseball player (Owen Wilson) and an honest-to-a-fault businessman (Paul Rudd).
“It’s a tough job, ladies, but someone’s got to do it,” she says of working with Wilson and Rudd. “How lucky am I to work with two of the most talented, funny, attractive, hysterical men?”
On set, Witherspoon found her own feelings mirroring that of her character, making it hard to choose between the two co-stars.
Reese Witherspoon says “chasing boys” is good fun, especially when you’re young.
The 34-year-old actress has previously romanced film star Jake Gyllenhaal and was married to actor Ryan Phillippe with whom she has two children; Ava, 11, and Deacon, seven.
Reese is currently dating Hollywood agent Jim Toth, and admits she has become wiser about romance as she has grown older. The beauty thinks flirting and pursuing potential suitors can be really enjoyable, and shouldn’t be taken too seriously during a person’s young, free and single days.
“Because boy is it fun, chasing boys – especially when you’re young,” she laughed.
Reese recalled a moment when one of her pals explained to her how essential it is to realise when a man is attracted to you. The friend warned Reese it’s far more important to consider men who are chasing you, rather than wasting efforts on those who aren’t interested.
“You know, don’t follow the guy you’re chasing, look at the guy who’s chasing you. I think that takes time, and sort of life experience to notice,” explained Reese.
Female athletes aren’t typically the subject of American movies. In a culture where sex, action, and 3-D sells tickets and wins big at the box office, it’s hard to imagine an athletic heroine winning over an American audience. But in the new romantic comedy, “How Do You Know,” Academy Award-winning writer and director, James L. Brooks, takes a risk and places a professional woman softball player at the center of his plot.
In the film, Reese Witherspoon plays the protagonist, Lisa, who is consumed with her sport and at 31-years-old has no plans to get married and have a family. When she is cut from the national team because she is deemed too old to play, Lisa finds solace in a casual relationship with Matty (Owen Wilson), a major league pitcher who is so much of a womanizer that he keeps an assortment of new women’s clothing in his closet as emergency morning-after attire for his conquests.
At the same time, Lisa goes on a blind date with George (Paul Rudd), a businessman who runs a company started by his father, Charles, (Jack Nicholson). George is recently the subject of a federal investigation and now a nervous wreck. Unemployed and emotional, Lisa soon finds herself in the midst of a love triangle with two equally handsome and complicated male suitors and she wonders if she’s even the marrying type.
Sunday afternoon in the basement of the Ritz Carlton in Manhattan, Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, Kathryn Hahn and James L. Brooks gathered for a press conference to promote their new non-traditional romantic comedy, in an intimate and ornate room with chandeliers and impressionist paintings on the wall.
Witherspoon, a petite blonde, sat sandwiched between Wilson and Rudd, and instantly broke the ice, admitting, “I’m really not that athletic. [Brooks] wanted … [me] to work with coaches and train so I did that for four months [and] three hours a day. … I’m still not any good at softball but I learned a lot.”
Reese Witherspoon’s two children were left horrified when they saw their mother knocked to the ground in a freak softball accident, which left her with a black eye and a bloody nose.
The Hollywood actress was practicing for her role in new movie “How Do You Know” last year by playing a game of softball at home with her family and friends.
But the game ended in agony for Witherspoon after she was hit in the face with the ball.
The “Legally Blonde” star fell to the ground and was left covered in blood, much to the horror of her daughter, Ava, and son, Deacon, who both witnessed the shocking injury.
Witherspoon tells Access Hollywood, “I got popped in the eye. I got a black eye. Oh, I got a bloody nose… I was just practicing at home with friends and stuff and I just, you know, throw to keep my arm in shape and stuff…
“They (my kids) were there when I got it and I hit the ground – that freaked them out a little bit.”
But Witherspoon admits her kids later felt proud of their mom’s wounds, adding: “They thought it was cool. It’s like I’m the only mom at school with a black eye!”
Reese Witherspoon has revealed her number one turn-off is men correcting her grammar.
The Oscar-winning Tennessee-born actress – who is dating agent Jim Toth – revealed her pet hate at a preview for her new movie James L Brooks’ How Do You Know.
Reese told People: “I had someone correct my grammar on a blind date once, and I knew within the first 10 minutes that the date was over.
“I don’t even remember what I said – I probably said ‘ain’t’.
“Just don’t correct my grammar. I’m from Tennessee. I probably say everything wrong.”
In the film Reese’s character is caught in a love triangle between two men played by Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.
As well as knowing when she is not in love, Reese claims she now knows when she is.
She told Entertainment Tonight: “I’m old enough to know that I don’t know anything about love or relationships. I just try to go with my instincts and advise other people to do the same.
“My friends are a barometer for my relationships. “I kind of look at them to reflect to me how I seem.”
The 34-year-old mother to daughter Ava, 11, and son Deacon, seven, split from her ex-husband and children’s father Ryan Phillippe in 2007. She dated Jake Gyllenhaal for almost two years until 2009 and began dating Jim in January.
Reese is currently in attendance at the event to honour her with a Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star, and photos have started to surface! Reese looks pretty in a little black dress with red dots, and, in a surprise move, has her kids with her! Also with her are her parents Betty & John, her boyfriend Jim Toth, and directors James L. Brooks (How Do You Know) and James Mangold (Walk The Line!). It’s great to see Reese celebrating this special day with her family.
Below are a few preview photos from the event – there are bound to be many, many photos around from this event, so I will leave you with these previews for now, and be back with full coverage from the event for you tomorrow! Be sure to check back for all that wonderful Reese goodness!
And congratulations once again to Reese on her Star!
What a perfect start to the magazine year – Reese graces the cover of the January 2011 issue of US Glamour, with an interesting new interview inside and a red-hot new photoshoot. Reese is promoting How Do You Know! You can view the cover to your left, and I’ve added the photoshoot pictures to the Gallery. Read the full interview under the cut.
If anyone can provide Glamour Reese Witherspoon with a full set of scans from this interview then please get in touch! We’d all be very grateful!
Reese Witherspoon has starred in 25 films (and produced five), birthed two kids and won an Oscar. So why does it seem like Reese’s life is just beginning? She talks to Glamour about men, moves and finding her mojo. Read the interview, then check out the pics from her photo shoot.
by Skip Hollandsworth
Reese Witherspoon walks into Cookshop, a restaurant in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, bearing a gift: a small box of chocolates. When I say I’ll always cherish them, she cocks her head, levels her blue eyes on me and cheerfully snaps, “You’d better eat them.” At the age of 34, she is as tiny as a kitten, barely 5’2”. But it doesn’t take long to realize there is nothing fragile about her. She whips off her gray sock hat, orders chicken soup and is soon recounting the seven months she spent training with the UCLA softball team to prepare for her latest romantic comedy, How Do You Know, in which she plays a former star athlete transitioning out of her twenties. Witherspoon, too, went through a significant transition as she entered her thirties: a divorce from actor Ryan Phillippe, the father of her two children. Afterward, she took a break from acting; a two-year relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal came to an end in 2009. But now she is quietly involved with Hollywood agent Jim Toth (who, at press time, she tells Glamour she’s not engaged to) and back to working full-time. And she’s ready to open up. Maybe it was all that softball, but Witherspoon happily took a swing at every question thrown at her.
Reese Witherspoon has insisted good manners cost nothing.
The Hollywood actress, who grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, said that her mother Betty made sure she grew up knowing the importance of being courteous.
She told The Sun: “I was always taught that good manners cost nothing – but are worth such a lot. My mother even sent me to etiquette lessons. It was close to the old-fashioned English upbringing, where you learn where to place the knives and forks. I had that bred in to me, even though we lived in Nashville, Tennessee. I was taught to be polite in conversation, smile a lot and treat people with respect.”
She admitted her childhood in the South left her with a need to be a people pleaser. “Whenever I talk about what it means to be a girl from the American South, I always end up talking about guilt. We can’t stand anyone not liking us. I send a lot of thank-you notes and buy plenty of gifts.”
“Extra’s” AJ Calloway laughed with actress Reese Witherspoon at the Avon Foundation for Women event in NYC, chatting about her new movie with Jack Nicholson (“How Do You Know”), her shoes (Louboutin) and doing a mini-triathlon (with her 11-year-old daughter, Ava).
“It was hard,” Witherspoon said of the triathlon. “My results showed my lack of training. Ava pointed out that a 5th-grader passed me.”