20 April 2011

Sing it sister: Reese Witherspoon in Elle UK

Reese Witherspoon used to bore me a little bit. But then I read what she had to say about Hollywood awards shows, in the May issue of Elle UK:

“I feel for these women,” she says. “The guys get dressed and it’s no big deal, and they’re there because they’ve given a great performance. For every woman it’s, ‘What is she wearing?’ And, ‘But did she wear that to the last awards show?’ And, ‘What will she wear to the next awards show?’ And none of it is about her performance or how hard she worked—and those are the women who did extraordinary work.”

“I’m not going to lie, it’s fun to watch. But at a certain point, I go, ‘Wait, strip it all down.’ These girls—I shouldn’t say girls, these women—worked really hard, really hard, and now it’s reduced to … ‘She looks frumpy.’ How hard we are on people who are just doing their best. When we start measuring women on their appearance … We’re just too hard on each other. Women need to be more supportive of each other, stop tearing each other apart. There’s plenty of room for all of us. There’s plenty of men for all of us. There’s plenty of jobs. There’s plenty of room! I really believe it. Another actress out there has a number-one movie? They’re going to make more movies about women. A female writer sells a script? They’re going to look at another script from another woman. The better one woman does, the better all women do.”

For a Hollywood movie star, wow, Reese Witherspoon is making a hell of a lot of sense. The fresh-faced 35 year old actress is doing the rounds to promote her new film Water For Elephants - out any day now - in which she co-stars with reluctant teen dream, Robert Pattison. 

It’s not a once-off thing either, this whole talking sense malarkey. I’ve done a bit of digging and it seems Ms Witherspoon has a habit of making honest, thoughtful and intelligent remarks. Here’s another few quotes from this refreshingly down-to-earth actress over the years: 

"Certain people are systematically ripping feminism down because of their lack of regard and their ignorance about what the women before us had to go through. I don't think these women are stupid. I think they're selling a personality that's very marketable: 'Wouldn't it be fun if we were all gorgeous and didn't have a care?' But creating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, 'I'm stupid, isn't it cute?' makes me want to throw daggers at them! I want to say to them, 'My grandma and mother did not fight for what they fought for so you can start telling women it's fun to be stupid.' Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter? It's not okay."

“What gets me is how many women – young women – give up their power and their sense of self. Thinking they’re going to get more out of life if they take off their clothes and objectify themselves, instead of functioning on the principle that they’re smart and capable, that you can be an actress and not be on the covers of T&A magazines. I’m flabbergasted by how many legitimate actresses do that. It blows my mind."

“I love books.”

What do you think of Reese, boring or brilliant? Or somewhere in between?


Sara K said...

"Im stupid, isn't it cute?" from the lady responsible for the legally blonde films? Ha. But yes. i agree. ten points Reese. Well said.

fluff and fripperies said...

Elle's not dumb! She's a Harvard educated lawyer! Who just wears a lot of pink.

"For Robyn R.Warhol, professor of English and a feminist theorist at the University of Vermont, Elle is what she calls a post-modern feminist heroine. "Everyone laughs at her because everyone else is wearing a blue or green suit and she's wearing pink, but that's who she is," Warhol says. So what if she has perceived "effeminate" characteristics? Those should not be considered inferior or a pejorative."


Rosemary said...

I quite like Reese Witherspoon, and I thought that interview in Elle was good, if a little . . . ill-tempered? She seemed to kind of be tolerating the interviewer throughout. But the photographs were beyond odd. In one she looked like a skeleton, and in the others she looked like a linebacker. It's not difficult to make her look gorgeous so I don't get why they didn't.

Laina said...

Bloody refreshing, is what it is! Well done, Reese.

cornflakegirl said...

Is it strange that I find her boringly brilliant?

Yes she speaks a lot of sense but there's still something about her that I find a bit meh.

Molto ❤ Fashion said...

Amen Reese. Really great interview. I like her- she seems so down-to-earth and she has a fresh and refreshing look. So I think she cuts a positive figure in the Hollywood scene.

Jo said...

I never found her boring and think brilliant is a bit of a stretch (although Legally Blonde is brilliant as is her performance in it. Also in Election. Also in Walk the Line.) but I like her. I might just have to buy Elle. The photos sound odd but then again, 'when we start measuring women on their appearance....'

Anonymous said...

I love this lady even more now. Good on you, Witherspoon!

Joanne Hegarty said...

I like her I must admit. She is certainly talking alot of sense here. God, can't believe she is 35 already !