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Reese Witherspoon “I’m tired of seeing talented women playing thankless parts”

Oscar-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon, shares her excitement about her new TV series, Big Little Lies, and reveals the turning point in her career which changed everything

Even though she’s long been one of Hollywood’s most-respected and well-known actresses, Reese Witherspoon has struggled to overcome her image as an effervescent southern belle. Despite winning the Oscar for her performance in Walk The Line in 2006, she couldn’t convince the studios to allow her to play the serious parts that she so desperately craved.

‘For a few years, I was a little lost as an artist, not being able to find what I wanted to do, and making choices that I wasn’t ultimately very happy with,’ says Witherspoon. ‘I wanted to play dynamic women and be part of stories that would allow me to explore all the doubts and anxieties that I was facing in my own life, and that most women go through.’

Films like Wild and Mud took her in that direction and merely intensified her ambitions. That led her to produce and star in Big Little Lies, the seven-part series based on the eponymous bestseller by Australian novelist, Liane Moriarty, which is now being aired on Sky Atlantic. Centred around a trio of struggling mothers in an affluent seaside town along the coast of California, Witherspoon is excited to be producing something with such strong female leads.

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