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Reese Witherspoon: “It’s Time That We Start Seeing Women for How Complex They Really Are”

Reese Witherspoon: "It's Time That We Start Seeing Women for How Complex They Really Are"

Reese Witherspoon’s makeover from America’s Sweetheart to America’s Bookworm continues with a segment on 60 Minutes, in which the Wild actress and Gone Girl producer talks to Charlie Rose about her studious childhood (she loved attending an all-girls high school), her new female-centric production company Pacific Standard, and the 16 projects she currently has in development, many of which Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Pappandrea optioned before the source materials’ publication. 

Witherspoon explained the secret to Pacific Standard’s success succinctly: “We read and read and read and read.”

There’s little here that wasn’t already covered in the exhaustive NY Times profile of Witherspoon several weeks ago, but it’s still interesting to watch Witherspoon discuss her post-Oscar slump, the New Yorker article that forced her to start a new chapter in her career, and the feminist priorities she now keeps in mind when she and Pappandrea select a writer and director for their movies: “I think it’s time that we start seeing women for how complex they really are.”

“I’m at a point in my life,” said Witherspoon, “[where] I can make 20 more movies. But I want to make 20 more movies that matter to me. … I feel like my perspective matters, for the first time.”

Watch the 12-minute segment below or read a transcript the interview

And here’s a bonus video in which Witherspoon explains why she didn’t star as Amy in Gone Girl

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