Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) and “Birdman” actor Michael Keaton trade stories about their careers and current acclaimed roles at the Variety Studio: Actors on Actors presented by Samsung Galaxy.
Congratulations to Reese on her Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for her work in Wild!! This was the only nomination for Wild from this awards group.
This is Reese’s 2nd nomination from the SAG Awards, her first of which was for Walk The Line back in 2005/2006 which she then won.
The awards ceremony will take place on January 25th 2015, and will air live on TNT/TBS.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – “CAKE” (Cinelou Films)
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – “GONE GIRL” (20th Century Fox)
REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – “WILD” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Reese Witherspoon Talks ‘Wild’ New Role
Fans get to see another side of Reese Witherspoon in her new film Wild, and she opened up about the role with ET.
Reese plays the real-life Cheryl Strayed, whose bestselling memoir of the same name details the brutal solo hike Cheryl took at the age of 26 along the Pacific Crest Trail. In the movie, the character goes nude and does heroin. Reese told us what she hopes her 15-year-old daughter Ava and 11-year-old son Deacon take away from the movie.
“If they can see this film and feel, both my daughter and my son, that they don’t need to be embarrassed or ashamed of themselves and that they’re going to be great, no matter what on their life, I think that’s a great thing to see in a film,” said Reese.
In fact, it was Cheryl’s candid approach to telling her story left an impression on Reese and drew her to playing a part so different from anything she’s ever done before.
“Part of the book that really struck me as an important part of the story was how Cheryl addressed her own sexuality,” said Reese. “She not only described these experiences but she also said, I’m not going to feel bad about them.”
The Oscar winner was fiercely committed to the role. Cheryl was even on the set to help Reese with authenticity.
“The director [Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee] would often times say cut, and he’d look at me and say, ‘What do you think?’, and I said, ‘I think Reese is not wearing a heavy pack,'” Cheryl said with a laugh.
Wild is out now in limited release.
As part of her Wild promotion, Reese graces the cover of the January edition of US Glamour magazine! Check out the scans in our Gallery and read the text interview (Reese is interviewed by Cheryl Strayed) at Glamour.com.
The magazine is on newsstands today.
“I don’t think I realized [in my twenties] that no one else makes you whole. You have to take responsibility for your own happiness. That took me until I was about 31 to know. It wasn’t easy to realize, Oh, wait, I am purely responsible [for my life]—no relationship, no children, no nothing is going to make you a happy person. Every day you have to choose to find and cultivate your own happiness.” – Reese Witherspoon
Reese attended the Wild premiere in Portland yesterday and the HQ photos can be found in our gallery:
Watch a clip of Reese in her other new movie, Inherent Vice, below. You can find more at RopeOfSilicon.com.
Inherent Vice hits US cinemas on December 12th and will have a screening in LA on December 10th.
Witherspoon’s ‘Wild’ Opening Weekend Treks Into Solid Box-Office Territory
Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir of a life-changing hike, blazed a trail into solid box office territory, opening in 21 theaters over the weekend with a $630K gross. The feature, which Witherspoon also produced under her Pacific Standard label, was easily the weekend’s biggest newcomer with a $30K per-theater average. Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, meanwhile, once again took the weekend’s highest PTA numbers as it added locations in its second week.
The Searchlight title opened in New York and L.A. Wednesday, expanding for the weekend to 21 theaters in 7 markets. Director Jean-Marc Vallée‘s previous film, Dallas Buyers Club, opened in November 2013 with a nearly $29K PTA, and went on to cume nearly $27.3M and three Oscars, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey. Searchlight said it plans to keep Wild hiking through theaters for a lengthy period to come.
“The reviews have been phenomenal and the response at the box-office this weekend was great as well,” Searchlight said in a release. “The film performed well in both Art/Specialty venues as well as in upscale mainstream complexes indicating to us that the film should be able to reach a very broad audience. We are very encouraged by this weekend’s results,” the company said Sunday reporting its numbers. Wild will open in 13 additional markets and expand in some cities where it’s currently playing, playing up to 100 theaters by Dec. 12, and as many as 900 theaters by Christmas Day.
Scans from several of the magazines Reese has been featured in over the past few months have been added to the Gallery, including Vogue, People, People Style Watch and Relevant. There are more to come, including a full set of scans from the new Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour issues.
Palm Springs Film Fest: ‘Wild’ Star Reese Witherspoon to Receive Chairman’s Award
Reese Witherspoon will receive this year’s Chairman’s Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3 in recognition of her work in the Fox Searchlight drama. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.
The Oscar-winning star of Wild, which opened in select theaters on Wednesday, joins illustrious company with Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman all previous recipients of PSIFF’s Chairman’s Award.
“Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,” said PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “[She] brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters.”
Witherspoon’s other acting credits include The Man in the Moon (1991), Fear (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Election (1999), Legally Blonde (2001), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), Walk the Line (2005), Just Like Heaven (2005), Rendition (2007), Mud (2012) and, this year, Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.
PSIFF previously announced that Boyhood’s writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Visionary Award; The Theory of Everything’s lead actor Eddie Redmayne and Still Alice’s lead actress Julianne Moore will receive this year’s Desert Palm Achievement awards; Whiplash’s supporting actor J.K. Simmons will receive this year’s Spotlight Award; that Rosamund Pike will be honored with its Breakthrough Performance Award.
Reese had a busy day promoting Wild in New York earlier this week. She attended a special Luncheon, the official Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences screening for Academy Award voters and an Apple panel hosted in the SoHo apple store. HQ photos have been added: