Reese Witherspoon is “over being bashful” about her success and talent, and she wants the world to know it.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s WSJ. Magazine for its “Innovators” issue, Witherspoon opens up about her acting successes, her lucrative production company and killer fashion line.
“I know I’m good at things,” she told the mag. “And I’m over being bashful about it.”
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Witherspoon, 41, got real about the difference between the way men and woman celebrate their achievements. “Do basketball players have to sit there and act coy? Tell me something: Does LeBron James twiddle his thumbs and say, ‘Jeez, I’m kind of great at shooting, and I guess I’m OK at dribbling and passing?’ No, he’s like, ‘I’m amazing! I rock!’ I wish more actresses had that kind of bravado.”
The “Big Little Lies” star revealed she had to start making her own roles. And that’s why she started her own production company, Hello Sunshine, which was absorbed by her last company. Pacific Standard.
“I wasn’t being offered opportunities to grow my company until I got that third hit,” she revealed about the company’s “hat trick” with “Big Little Lies”, “Wild” and “Gone Girl”, which allowed her to finally solidify herself as a major Hollywood production company. “A guy has one hit at Sundance, and he gets ‘Jurassic World’,” she added.
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Part of her motivation is to create female-driven projects that feature great roles for women. “We women are too talented to be fighting over roles like this,” she said.
Pacific Standard isn’t Witherspoon’s only booming business; in fact, her fashion line Draper James has now landed at Nordstrom.
Her inspiration for the brand is her Southern upbringing. “Well, I was being approached by other brands in the Northeast, and I thought, I don’t really know anything about that, but what I do know is how beautiful the South is, and I had this incredible upbringing there,” she explained.
Witherspoon’s issue of WSJ. Magazine is on newsstands Nov. 4.