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Reese Witherspoon is getting ready to take a seat in the director’s chair. The Oscar winner tells me that she may be directing soon.
“I’ve actually been thinking about it,” Witherspoon exclusively told me today at Variety’s Power of Women gala. “I’m actually working on a project right now.”
She wouldn’t spill on details, but we can’t wait to hear what she has up her sleeve. Witherspoon jumped into the producing world recently with her first movie being the box office hit Gone Girl. Next up, she produced and is starring in Wild, and adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Both movies are already being buzzed about for Oscars.
“The place and the position that I’ve had I feel a responsibility to take care of others, help tell more women’s stories [and] get the word out there that women are complex, dynamic [and] interesting,” said Witherspoon, who was honored at the gala for her work with The Malala Fund. “We’re not just one thing or another.”
Oprah Winfrey, who selected Strayed’s book as the first pick for the launch of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, has already thrown her support behind Wild. She was a surprise guest when the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival this summer. “Oprah is amazing,” Witherspoon told me not long after Telluride. “She is really unbelievable. She is such a force and the fact that she decided to come and support us for Wild, we were thrilled and honored.”
In August, Deadline Hollywood reported that Witherspoon’s production company Pacific Standard and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films were set to co-produce the upcoming movie adaptation of the New York Times bestselling novel Big Little Lies. Both actresses will also co-star in the movie.
Reese looks gorgeous in a Dolce&Gabbana red dress dress while attending the 2014 Variety Power of Women presented by Lifetime on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles. She was an honoree at the event for her work with the Malala Fund. The event just so happened to take place on the day it was announced Malala Yousafzai will be receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
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“A huge heartfelt congrats to #Malala on winning the #NobelPeacePrize today!!!” Reese wrote on Instagram. “At 17 years old, you awe and inspire so many children and adults with your strength, hard work and powerful message. It’s equally inspiring to see, on days like today, how people around the world are actively supporting and pushing you closer towards your goals – of getting children everywhere to get to go to school, of women’s equal rights, of spreading messages of hope and non-violence, and so much more. @malalafund #Hope #StrongerThan.”
Reese just posted on her Facebook account the new official poster from Wild movie with the following words: “Introducing… The official #WILDMovie poster! What do ya think?!?? Countdown to Dec 5th #Excited”
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In the sixth annual Power of Women issue, Variety celebrates five women who are using their clout to bring attention to worthy causes: Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Fonda, Viola Davis and Donna Langley.
It was Reese Witherspoon’s 15-year-old daughter, Ava, who introduced the actress to the story of Malala Yousafzai, the girl from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban for advocating the right to an education. “My daughter brought her book to me and said, ‘Mom, you’ve got to hear this woman’s story,’” recalls Witherspoon. “It’s so incredible, all she’s overcome.”
Yousafzai was only 11 when she began anonymously blogging for the BBC about her struggles. She was 14 when Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, and shot her in the head and neck. The girl survived and was flown to the U.K. for treatment. Since then, Yousafzai, now 17, has spoken at the United Nations, met President Obama and been nommed for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Co-authored with Christina Lamb, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” details her story and also talks about the Malala Fund, which aims to secure education for all women, no matter what their income level or where they live.
“It’s incomprehensible to me sometimes how few opportunities women have in some areas,” Witherspoon says.
An actress known for strong female characters, Witherspoon also runs a production company with Bruna Papandrea, Pacific Standard, that specializes in dynamic roles for women with films like “Wild” and “Gone Girl.” Which makes the Malala Fund a natural fit.
“Bruna and I really connect through our love of books and reading. And I think to encourage that in places where women don’t have the same opportunities is extraordinary.”
In August, Witherspoon and her daughter hosted a dinner for Yousafzai. “She’s an incredible speaker, she has such humor, and she’s doing incredible things in the world,” says Witherspoon. “And she’s only just begun.”
We’ve added new outtakes from Vogue Photoshoot, including the amazing photo of the cover. You can already find the magazine on newsstands. But now, make sure to check out these outtakes in our gallery:
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The first official trailer from Inherent Vice just has been released. Reese plays a prim blonde secretary named Penny who gives him the stern look over when he bursts into her office unannounced. She immediately quizzes him with an ‘Are you all right?’ and he replies sardonically back ‘Are you?’. Watch the trailer below: