Today it’s Reese’s turn. That is to say, today’s the day we continue our look at the 2012 People’s Choice Favorite Movie Actress nominees.
By the way – don’t forget to vote because the polls CLOSE TONIGHT!
So now we’re all about Reese Witherspoon, the (legally) blonde, blue-eyed Oscar- winning actress who’s undeniably one of the most popular – and talented – starlets in America. Nominated for five People’s Choice Awards, winner of three, she won an Academy Award for Walk The Line, which was in and of itself a remarkable victory (especially since it came out of nowhere, and the focus was all on Joaquin Phoenix. Who himself did a wonderful job, but Reese here was the major revelation.)
Neither tall, nor leggy, and rarely goofy, if and when they decide to remake The Philadelphia Story or High Society (which they shouldn’t ever do) here’s your girl. Elegant, sophisticated, charming and Southern, this tiny powerhouse moves quite seamlessly from drama to comedy. She also typifies everything hardworking, organized and committed – while making it look rather cheery and easy. Known as a perfectionist, her childhood nickname was “Little Miss Type A” and the term stuck – she even named her own company after the moniker and has publicly acknowledged her overachieving ways. Nor is her work ethic without priorities (not always the case in Hollywood) – she’s stated on numerous occasions that family comes first and that her number one responsibility is to Deacon and Ava, her two young children.
When did you first become aware of Reese Witherspoon? I actually remember seeing her in The Man In The Moon (1991!) when she was just 15 and thinking that here was a young lady definitely wise beyond her years with talent to spare. She went on to make Pleasantville and Cruel Intentions, while working on the latter she met Ryan Phillippe who would subsequently become her first husband. She then made a quirky little film called Election, starring opposite Matthew Broderick, in which she actually played a hyper-driven, Type-A type student to perfection, winning countless awards in the process. If Election put her on the map, Legally Blonde jettisoned her into the stratosphere – the movie, about a spoiled Beverly Hills law school student, was a massive hit and with it Witherspoon definitely found her comedic niche. She followed this up with the blockbuster Sweet Home Alabama and by then of course she was already one of the most popular (and most highly-paid) actresses on earth. In 2005 she starred in Walk the Line, playing country music firebrand June Carter Cash, whose rocky marriage to Johnny Cash produced extraordinary music and a heartbreaking story of addiction. Also noteworthy about this role is how humbling Witherspoon says the actual singing was – nor had she any confidence about it. She studied with music teachers and voice coaches for six moths before tackling the role, and still admitted that:
“… it gets exponentially horrifying when extras show up and have to watch you and you have to pretend you’re at a concert and singing and they like it.”
Could have fooled us, and of course, the results do speak for themselves.
In 2012 audiences will get to watch Reese in a new romantic espionage thriller This Means War, where she’s an operative torn between two spies played by Star Trek’s Chris Pine and Batman’s Tom Hardy (I’ll be buying tickets on the earlier side of that opening night). Is Reese Witherspoon your favorite Movie Actress? Let us know what you think, weigh in on her movies, and don’t forget to vote!
2) Legally Blonde
3) Sweet Home Alabama
4) Walk the Line