While attending the 7th Annual Produced By Conference this weekend in Los Angeles, award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon spoke out on the need for more female-driven movies. She also touched on the topic of portraying Hillary Clinton in the future, stating that she’s been asked several times.
Variety reports that Witherspoon, 39, spoke at the Producers Guild of America’s Produced By Conference, along with producer partner Bruna Papandrea, to a crowd of over 500 attendees. The Legally Blonde actress touched on how women make up half of the population in the world, and therefore movie producers should focus on bringing in more female viewers.
“Women make up 50 percent of the population. We should make up 50 [percent] of the movies we see.”
However, Witherspoon was quick to point out that she’s not talking about common “chick flick” movies, but more so movies that have depth and meaning that a broad audience of female viewers can relate. She recently wrapped up the film, Wild, in which she portrayed Cheryl, a woman who walked over 1,000 miles as a therapeutic way to recover from personal disaster.
“The films we make are not chick flicks. Wild is just about a human being.”
When asked if she’d ever consider portraying Hillary Clinton in a film, Witherspoon indicated that she already did — well, mostly. In the 1999 film, Election, Witherspoon plays the role of Tracy Flick, a highly-ambitious high school student who will stop at nothing to become the student body president.
“When I did meet Hillary Clinton, she said, ‘Everybody talks to me about Tracy Flick in Election.”
She also indicated that’s been asked many times already if she’d ever portray Clinton, but so far, nothing is in the works. Perhaps it’s because the Oscar Award-winning actress has a full plate already, including production projects.
In 2012, Witherspoon launched her own production, Pacific Standard, along with Papandrea. The duo, both mothers, produced Wild together, as well as the 2014 blockbuster hit, Gone Girl. They plan to collaborate on more films in the future.
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Meanwhile, Witherspoon will continue to show off her acting chops. She’s slated to appear in several upcoming projects, including the film Wish List, and the HBO television series Big Little Lies, starring alongside Nicole Kidman.
In other news, Reese Witherspoon hosted Saturday Night Live (SNL) earlier this month to promote her 2015 film, Hot Pursuit. It’s the first time the actress has appeared as host of the show since 2001.
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