Reese Witherspoon gets a little disordered
In ‘Water for Elephants,’ the ordered actress worked with unpredictable animals, including a horse lying on her thigh as she powered through lines.
As far as tightly wound actresses go, Reese Witherspoon tops the list. She insists upon a strict sense of order in her life. Her production company is called Type A, a moniker her latest costar, Robert Pattinson, says fits her strong sense of self perfectly. And even when she appears to be having a spontaneous moment, lamenting that her well-orchestrated career built around an avoidance of bikinis has been breached by her current role as a leotard-clad circus performer, it turns out the line is a well-rehearsed quip that’s been repeated, practically on a loop, to scores of media outlets.
Which makes it all the more confounding that the 35-year old actress would subject herself to the unpredictable behaviors of circus animals such as the nearly 9-ton elephant Tai and a slew of trick horses when she shot the adaptation of the Depression-era romance “Water for Elephants.”
“I have anxiety. I get nervous, and I shake,” Witherspoon says. The night before shooting with the elephant, “I didn’t sleep, and I literally shook and shook and shook,” she says, feigning relaxation in a hotel room chair, still perfectly coiffed in a gray dress and 3-inch heels after a long day of enchanting the international press corps. “But the performances with the elephant were really magical for me. Against my better instincts I decided to ride the elephant with no harness, with no safety equipment. It was pretty great.”
Could it be that Witherspoon is finally loosening up? The native Southerner seems to be doing a lot of leaping without a protective net lately. After ending her eight-year marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe in 2007, she recently began a new chapter in her life, tying the knot with Jim Toth, an agent who represents the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson at CAA where Witherspoon is also repped, in a private wedding ceremony just a week before embarking on a publicity tour for “Elephants,” which opens Friday.
Reese Witherspoon & Robert Pattinson Fall In Love On ‘Water For Elephants’
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson chat with Access’ Shaun Robinson about playing lovers in their upcoming film, “Water For Elephants.” How was their on-set chemistry? Plus, the duo reminisces about working with each other in the 2004 movie, “Vanity Fair,” where Robert played Reese’s son.
Reese Witherspoon Reveals Honeymoon Plans; Las Vegas Road Trip With Robert Pattinson
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson chat about going to Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards after promoting their new film, “Water for Elephants.” So, when will Reese have time to go on her honeymoon?
As expected, Reese is on the cover of the May issue of US Vogue! She’s wearing Roland Mouret, and is looking stunning – I can’t wait to see the photos inside! Below is a low quality preview of the cover, and I’ll post further coverage (quotes, photos, scans etc.) as it pops up online.
If anyone can provide Glamour Reese with scans then you know what to do … and you know we’ll love you for it
‘MakingOf’ have posted a new Water For Elephants featurette, including new on set interviews with Reese!
A behind-the-scenes look at ‘Water for Elephants,’ directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz.
And to top off our massive updates for today, I have something I think you’ll really love Last Saturday Reese took part in the Water For Elephants press conference, and she looked lovely in a little red dress and a new choppy hairstyle. I love her new hairstyle, and based on her expressions in the photos, she looks her usual chirpy self!
This was her first appearance since her wedding, and the photographers of course zoomed their lenses in on her left hand, and we can see her classy wedding ring!
I’ve added 71 photos from this press conference, including 47 gorgeous and exclusive HQs!! There are some really great shots in there, and we’re very lucky to be able to get so many HQs from this press conference. Enjoy all the pretty Reese good-ness!
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Last Sunday Reese attended the Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. She looked super-pretty in a little black strapless lace dress by Marchesa, with black pumps and her blonde hair left down. Reese did not walk the red carpet, but once inside she and Water For Elephants co-star Robert Pattinson presented the award for ‘Female Vocalist Of The Year’, which went to Miranda Lambert. She was also seen posing backstage and in the audience with various stars, including Taylor Swift. Reese and Robert seemed to be having fun joking around backstage too!
Over 100 HQ photos from this appearance have now been added to the Gallery, as well as screencaptures from the show. You can watch Reese presenting, plus a short clip from backstage, below the thumbnail previews.
A ton of new Water For Elephants stills have been released this week! I’ve added them to our gallery, along with a new Marlena promotional banner, and some new-old HQs of Reese on set last year.
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First of all, sorry for the lack of updates here in the last week – I’ve been having computer problems and have been unable to properly update here. Everything seems to be fixed now, so updates will resume! And it’s a busy few weeks ahead for Reese.
People and the UK edition of Hello both have Reese’s wedding on the cover of their current issues. Reese has sold two official photos from her wedding to these magazines – one very romantic shot of her and Jim, and a separate photo of just Reese. Inside the magazines are various ‘sources’ talking about the wedding, although (based on what I read in Hello), there is no official quote from Reese or Jim. Reese looks stunning, and I’m so happy for her!
Below are the covers, plus an snippet article from People.com. If anyone can provide scans from either People and/or Hello, then please get in touch!
Reese Witherspoon’s Wedding Photos
Reese Witherspoon’s country-elegant March 26 wedding to Pennsylvania native Jim Toth, 40, mixed her Southern roots with inspiration from her 1920s ranch estate.
“Timeless California architecture, rustic materials and beautiful gardens,” says a pal, gave the actress the perfect storybook setting for her special day in Ojai, Calif.
Wearing a custom-designed Monique Lhuillier blush-hued gown with a Chantilly lace corset bodice and full tulle A-line skirt, Witherspoon, 35, “wowed,” says a guest. “She took your breath away.”
The gown was adorned with a double-face silk satin ribbon with cascading silk flowers, which matched the dress of Witherspoon’s daughter Ava, 11, who served as maid of honor in her own custom Lhuillier.
The bride changed into a second Lhuillier design – a white silk minidress with a party skirt – for the reception.
“There was a real family feel,” a guest tells PEOPLE of the country-chic wedding planned by event planner Yifat Oren. “There was so much joy in the room and a lot of laughter,” adds another.
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