Reese Witherspoon attends Tiffany & Co. 2017 Blue Book Collection Celebration in the St. Ann’s Warehouse on Friday, April 21, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Reese Witherspoon often feels afraid.
In a new interview with Marie Claire, the actress opened up about her insecurities and how she deals with the “beast” they fear calls.
“I see [fear], like this little creature, that lives in my life, and I can pay attention and not something done or I can march straight ahead and ignore it,” said Witherspoon. “Sometimes I just have to jump with two feet in a cold pool and go, ‘OK, I believe in myself enough, I know that I work hard. I know that I can always bet on myself.”
In the past few months, the “Wrinkle In Time” actress is vulnerable after revealing to the world that she was sexually abused by a director while on the set of the movie when she was 16 years old.
“I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate many of the feelings that I have are the about anxiety, to be honest, the fault for it does not say, rather,” Witherspoon told women at the annual Elle Women in Hollywood back in October. “[I feel] true disgust of the driver who attacked me when I was 16 years old and anger on the agents and the producers that made me feel that silence was a condition of my work.”
After her revelation, in the wake of the #MeToo motion, the actress went with co-star Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shonda Rhimes to discuss Time’s Up and a woman in Hollywood on the CBS “Sunday Morning”.
Witherspoon spoke to her friend and “Wrinkle In Time” co-star, Oprah, and said: “As you can see I am very emotional about it, but I’ll go back. Someone sent me this Elie Wiesel quote that said, ” Silence helps the tormentors. It does not help the tormented, and neutrality helps the oppressor not the oppressed.’ And there are times that you need to evaluate whether the silence is going to be your only option, and in certain times that was our only option, but now is not the time for it.”
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Currently, Witherspoon is in the process of returning to television in her long-awaited show with long-time friend of Jennifer Aniston.
“It is a show about women in the media – the morning news in particular,” she explained to Marie Claire.
According to People, the upcoming show, which is produced by both actresses, is planned to be the first shows produced by Apple and will be Aniston’s first return to the small screen since her hit ’90s comedy, “Friends”, where Witherspoon guest star as Aniston’s little sister.
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