Getting to ‘Know’ Reese Witherspoon
Witherspoon plays struggling athlete caught in love triangle in new comedy
Reese Witherspoon steps out of her comfort zone for her newest comedy, “How Do You Know,” opening Friday.
In this film from James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment,” “As Good as It Gets”), Witherspoon, 34, plays Lisa, a fading softball champion who juggles two suitors (Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd). The role takes her leagues away from the lovably perky Elle Woods of her “Legally Blonde” hits.
“The biggest challenge for me was that she’s not verbal, and I’m used to playing really talkative characters, women that speak about their relationships and talk about love and dynamics and boys with their girlfriends,” the Oscar-winning actress (“Walk the Line”) told reporters recently in New York.
“She’s like, ‘Shut up. I don’t want to talk to you right now. I have to go.’ That was a new character for me.”
But true, she discovered, for the female athletes she met.
Changing the subject from How Do You Know to Water For Elephants for a few minutes, news has emerged that the first official teaser trailer for Water For Elephants will debut in cinemas this Friday before How Do You Know. Entertainment Tonight will show a teaser tonight, and last night showed a teaser of the teaser…
Jack Nicholson Reviews His Kiss with Paul Rudd
Fans have seen Jack Nicholson play everything from a retired astronaut in ‘Terms of Endearment’ to a raging alcoholic in ‘The Shining,’ but in his new movie ‘How Do You Know’ Jack plays a character that causes the actor to reveal a softer side of himself that audiences aren’t necessarily used to.
‘How Do You Know’ follows Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) a young woman caught in between two men: George (Paul Rudd), a businessman, and Matty (Owen Wilson), a professional baseball player.
Jack plays Paul’s father in the movie, who showers his son in kisses. The Oscar winner tried to describe how he felt locking lips with Paul.
“I kissed him so many times,” said Jack, at the Hollywood premiere on Monday. “I had all kinds of emotions.”
Paul called his smooch scenes with Jack an experience he’ll never forget.
“I think I kissed him in every scene,” said Paul. “I think that might be a record for me.”
Owen savored his role as a man who doesn’t hold himself to social conventions.
“He’s one of these guys who doesn’t really have a filter,” said Owen. “He just kind of says what comes into his mind.”
While filming, the cast received a surprise that Reese revealed on the red carpet, saying, “We were shooting in Washington D.C. and we thought, ‘Maybe we can get in [the White House]?’ so we called somebody and took a tour. And as we were on the tour we got a message that the President wanted to say hi and he had just seen ‘I Love You Man’ and he loved Paul’s performance, and it was really exciting.”
‘How Do You Know’ hits theaters Friday, December 17.
Jack Nicholson referred briefly to Reese and his other How Do You Know co-stars in a recent press interview for a film:
He [writer-director James L. Brooks] is kind of close to me. I’ll always work with Jimmy. He’s probably the best screenwriter in the world. You know you are going to get great material. He always casts wonderful actors, look at us all [in How Do You Know]. That, plus you really get to work with, and I accent the adjective, a dear friend. A couple of Oscars didn’t hurt [laughs]. That cemented the relationship. Then, you know you’re in love [laughs].
Oh yes, I learned a lot from this cast. I’ll tell you a story about Owen Wilson. As soon as I got to the set, he asked me if I wanted to go out and shoot machine guns [laughs]. I’m like, “Oh my God, this guy thinks I’m adventurous!”
Reese Witherspoon was starstruck working with acting legend Jack Nicholson on her new comedy How Do You Know.
“Oh my gosh, it blows your mind when you walk on set and there he is,” the actress admitted on the red carpet at the film’s LA premiere.
“He’s standing there and he’s laughing, smoking a cigarette, and you’re like ‘Oh my god this is not really happening’,” she laughed.
In the film by Oscar-winning writer-director James L. Brooks, Reese stars alongside Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd who she claims were equally in awe of Nicholson.
“I think Owen and Paul and I were all pinching ourselves every day we worked with him,” she joked.
Paul and Owen’s characters in the movie are pitted against each other in a love triangle with Reese’s character at the centre.
Of working with the pair, Reese said: “They’re just guys, they’re really funny you know, Owen tells funny jokes.”
She added: “It’s nice to come to work and be able to laugh and have people around you that are just inherently funny.”
Reese Witherspoon – How Do You Know Interview
Reese Witherspoon has already proven that she’s a pro at comedy. So when veteran writer/director James L. Brooks approached the Oscar-winning actress to star alongside Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd in How Do You Know, she jumped at the chance.
Tribute’s Toni-Marie Ippolito sat down with Reese in New York to talk about her love of rom-coms, working with Wilson and Rudd and what happens to her when she falls in love!
Director Brooks knows romance
When Reese Witherspoon feels her love life is veering off track, rather than call a girlfriend, she turns to 70-year-old director James L. Brooks for guidance.
“He’s been a really great confidante and is really caring and interested in people’s lives,’’ the actress says during an interview at a hotel. “I tell him a lot and he gives me romantic advice, especially when I’m dating. He has a wealth of knowledge about romantic dynamics and I don’t know where it comes from.’’
It could stem from more than four decades of guiding fictional women through rocky personal and professional terrain. Brooks created “The Mary Tyler Moore Show’’ and “Rhoda’’ in the ’70s and went on to write and direct several films, including “Broadcast News,’’ “Terms of Endearment,’’ and “As Good as It Gets.’’ So who better to dish with than the man who walked Mary through countless dates, finally found Rhoda a husband, and, in “Broadcast News,’’ helped Holly Hunter’s character understand that her career would always be her first love? Brooks, who wrote and directed “How Do You Know,’’ which opens Friday, says he spends a lot of time thinking about romance, so he’s happy to share his perspective. In fact, in his latest film, he makes the case that in the face of life’s uncertainties and pitfalls, love has become an increasingly important commodity.
“Everybody went to war on our ability to trust, so I think the last stand is, ‘honey, give me your hand,’ ’’ he says in his hotel suite last week. “The truth is people are so afraid to make sentimental films, but the point of this film is true. It’s the fact that really bad things can happen to you and the right person can walk through the door and make things better. The problem remains large, but your spirit rises and the problem shifts in position a little. It doesn’t quite occupy center stage and I think that’s true and romantic.’’
As posted about earlier, Miss Reese attended the world premiere of her new movie How Do You Know in Los Angeles last night, and I now have the first batch of photos for you! 48 HQ photos have been added to our Gallery, and there are plenty more to follow. Reese looked super pretty in her Zac Posen cocktail dress with Yves Saint Laurent Trib Too suede pumps, and she posed with her co-stars Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Kathryn Hahn, as well as their director James L. Brooks.
There are some gorgeous photos in there, but I have to point out this photo (and the one after it), of Reese being shown the DVD for Overnight Delivery, her first movie with Paul Rudd released back in 1998, and a classic old-school Reese movie! Wonder what she said to reporters when shown the DVD … (If you haven’t seen that movie then I’d definitely recommend it, it’s really funny!).
Be sure to let us know your thoughts on Reese’s look by leaving a comment here!
Stay tuned for more coverage from the premiere tomorrow (all being well), including videos, articles & quotes, and more photos!
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Reese Witherspoon is always in the ‘Know’ about her life
Reese Witherspoon, actress and mother of two, is well-versed in the mysteries and mores of love, and she spends hours discussing and debating them with her girlfriends.
“I’m literally the girl who talks constantly about relationships. I hang up with one (friend), and I pick up the phone and call another one. It’s an ongoing dialogue all day long,” she says. “I don’t understand a woman who doesn’t talk about love and relationships.”
She has been through a divorce (from actor Ryan Phillippe) and breakups (most notably with actor Jake Gyllenhaal), but Witherspoon isn’t one to get hung up on past amorous calamities. She views them as life lessons.
“You gotta be glad that you went through them, and you gotta be glad that you learned from them,” says Witherspoon, 34. “You gotta learn what you want.”
And like so many of the romantically challenged, you have to figure out if he’s the one for you. That’s the perplexing question Witherspoon toys with Friday in How Do You Know, a rom-com with the actress playing a past-her-prime softball pro who gets cut from Team USA and finds herself torn between two guys: a self-absorbed jock (Owen Wilson) and a somewhat neurotic businessman (Paul Rudd). But unlike Witherspoon, who exudes certainty and self-assurance, the character of Lisa is a romantic naïf.
“She’s not very good at articulating her feelings. She’s never been in a serious relationship. She’s almost an innocent,” says Witherspoon. “She doesn’t care if (men) call her back if she slept with them. She’s having sex for fun and sex for sport.”
Reese looked beautiful at the premiere of How Do You Know in New York City last night, wearing a little black and pink lace cocktail dress with her blonde hair styled naturally and left down. Below is a preview photo from the event, and I will be back later today to add many more!