Reese Witherspoon and her iconic Legally Blonde character might have a lot more in common than we guessed!
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter for the mag’s 2019 Girls In Entertainment cover story, the 43 -year-old actress disclosed a little-known, uncomfortable detail about the audition process for becoming Miz Elle Woods.
var RevContentSolo= button_text: “Find Out More”, widget_id: 105180 ; According to Witherspoon, it was hard for studio executives and casting directors at the time to envision her in the lead role because of a fairly harsh, preconceived notion 😛 TAGEND
” They thought I was a shrew .”
Apparently, the star’s standout performance as an overzealous and straight-A student in the 1999 indie drama Election left such a lasting impression, it was difficult to separate her from the proportion. Talk about judging a book by it’s cover!
At the risk of not being type-casted and missing the opportunity, Reese’s management fostered her to kick things up a notch during auditions. She recalled 😛 TAGEND
” My manager eventually called and said,’ You’ve got to go meet with the studio head because he will not approve you. He thinks you really are your character from Election and that you’re repellent.’ And then I was told to dress sexy .”
As if the Golden Globe nominee’s sheer talent wasn’t enough! Unfortunately, though, we’re not entirely surprised to hear this kind of approach considering sex appeal does sell and this was years before more nuanced conversations about women in Hollywood were taking place.
Reese explained that at the time, she was a young mama to her and then-husband Ryan Phillippe ‘ s daughter, Ava Phillippe , and desperately needed more financial support. The desire to provide influenced her to go out for the component despite the icky circumstances 😛 TAGEND
” And you’re 23, you have a baby at home, you need the money and you’re being told that by people who know what they’re doing. It’s funny to think of all the things we were told to do back then because now you’re guessing,’ Oh, God, if somebody told my daughter to do that, she’d be like,’ I really hope you’re joking.'”
Unfortunately, the experience was as problematic as expected by the time she got in the audition room 😛 TAGEND
” I recollect a room full of men who were asking me questions about being a coed and being in a sorority, even though I had dropped out of[ Stanford University] four years earlier and I have never been inside a sorority home .”