Reese Witherspoon – Check Her Out

You know her from her movies and successful series, but she is more than a famous actress. Reese Witherspoon has a clothing line, book club, and production company.

Reese: Actress and Producer

In 1990, she landed her first significant acting role in Robert Mulligan’s The Man in the Moon (1991), an excellent movie about family drama and first loves. She continued to act in television shows and films in the early 90s. 

From Wikipedia, “In 1996, Witherspoon starred in two major films: the thriller Fear alongside Mark Wahlberg as Nicole Walker, a teenager who starts dating a man with obsessive tendencies, and the black-comedy thriller Freeway, alongside Kiefer Sutherland and Brooke Shields, in which she played Vanessa Lutz; a poor girl living in Los Angeles who encounters a serial killer on the way to her grandmother’s home in Stockton.” In the late 90s, she starred in Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions, and Election.

Her mainstream success came in 2001 when she starred in Legally Blond. Reese’s performance in this movie earned her praise from critics, new fans of her work, and a Golden Globe nomination. In 2006, she won an Academy Award for her performance in Walk the Line.

She’s starred in several rom-coms, dramas, comedies, and animated movies. Read her extensive list of credits on IMDb.

Erin Simkin/Apple TV+

The Morning Show is my favorite television show she has produced and starred in.

Her production company: Hello Sunshine

Hello Sunshine’s Reese Witherspoon (right) and Lauren Neustadter PHOTOGRAPHED BY MACKENZIE STROH

From Hollywood Reporter: Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter Are Doing Just Fine Without the Boys Club.

Witherspoon owned her own production company in 2000 called Type A Films. The Legally Blond movies were made by this company. “Witherspoon wanted to start her own company to be able to produce quality films for young women.Wikipedia. Type A Films later merged with another company and was renamed Pacific Standard. In 2016, Reese founded Hello Sunshine and kept Pacific Standard as a subsidiary.

In early August 2021, Witherspoon sold part of the company to a Blackstone backed media company, Candle Media, led by former Disney executives Kevin A. Mayer and Tom Staggs for $900 million. The transaction resulted in Witherspoon and Harden retaining a stake in the new company and a seat on the board. Wikipedia

The movies and television shows created by Hello Sunshine have strong female leads and female-centered stories. From Hello Sunshine, “Hello Sunshine aims to broaden perspective and empower women by giving them authorship, inspiring agency, and creating a platform to help them shape culture and the world around them.

The Books, Movies, and Series

Hello Sunshine created a book club called Reese’s Book Club. Reese is an avid speed reader. Her book club promotes books written by women.

I have read several of Reese’s picks. See the full list:

Reese’s book club picks are perfect for reading by the pool.

Several of Reese’s projects took books and made them into movies or television shows. In my opinion, her movie adaptations were pretty close to the books.

The movies and series she created from books include:

Wild (2014 drama/adventure movie, streaming on HBOmax), Based on the book by Cheryl Strayed about her 100-mile solo hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Gone Girl (2014 mystery/thriller movie, streaming on HBOmax), Based on the book by Gillian Flynn. In Carthage, Mo., former New York-based writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his glamorous wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) present a portrait of a blissful marriage to the public. However, when Amy goes missing on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. The resulting police pressure and media frenzy cause the Dunnes’ image of a happy union to crumble, leading to tantalizing questions about who Nick and Amy truly are.

Where the Crawdads Sing (2022 mystery/romance movie, on-demand), Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2022 American mystery drama film based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Delia Owens. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina.

Something from Tiffany’s (2022 romance/comedy movie, streaming on Prime Video), A woman gets up-ended when an engagement ring that was for someone else leads her to the person she’s meant to be with.

Big Little Lies (2017 drama series, on HBOmax), Based on the same-titled bestseller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif.

Little Fires Everywhere (2020 drama series on Hulu) Based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Celeste Ng. Following the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Set in Shaker Heights, Ohio in the 1990s.

From Scratch (2022 drama series on Netflix) is a true story based off the book From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily and Finding Home by Tembi Locke. Amahle “Amy” Wheeler, an American student studying in Italy, meets and falls in love with Lino, a Sicilian chef.

Daisy Jones and the Six (2023 drama series on Prime Video), Based on the novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid about the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s rock band with a female lead singer.

Tiny Beautiful Things (2023 drama series on Hulu), based on a book by Cheryl Strayed. A woman Clare who becomes a revered advice columnist when her own life is falling apart.

The Last Thing He Told Me (2023 thriller series on Apple TV+), Hannah must forge a relationship with her 16-year-old stepdaughter, Bailey, to find the truth behind why her husband has mysteriously disappeared. Based on the novel by Laura Dave.

A few more projects from Hello Sunshine:

Lucy in the Sky (2019 drams/sci-fi on Hulu), After an awe-inspiring experience in outer space, an astronaut returns to Earth and starts to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small. Starring Natalie Portman.

Truth Be Told (2019 legal drama series on Apple TV+), The murder case that propelled a true-crime podcaster to nationwide fame comes back to haunt her when new evidence arises that suggests her original suspect may have been wrongfully convicted.

A White Lie (movie coming soon), A light-skinned African-American woman convinces the admissions board at Vassar College that she’s Caucasian in order to attend school there. Starring Zendaya.

The Morning Show (2019 drama series on Apple TV+), An unapologetically candid drama that looks at the modern workplace through the lens of the people who help wake America up, pulling back the curtain on early morning TV.

Surface (thriller series on Apple TV+), After suffering a traumatic head injury that leaves her with serious memory loss issues, Sophia embarks on a quest to piece her life back together. However, she realises that the people who are helping her may not have her best interests in mind.

The Business

Draper James. Reese created her clothing line because she was struggling to find a Southern-style clothing company.

Reese’s Picks: Our founder Reese Witherspoon’s shortlist to the must-haves of the season: festive dresses, cozy sweaters and the perfect accessories to tie it all together.

Her Book

Sale $28.00 Ballard Designs

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits

I have her audiobook, and it was fun to listen to her tell her stories and tips for entertaining and decorating.

Listen to her on the Smartless podcast. Reese Witherspoon. Well aren’t we surprised by the miraculous Reese Witherspoon, who pops onto the show to discuss her new business venture “Reese’s Peaches,” amongst a variety of other things, like life. “Welcome to Hollywood, people!”

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