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“…She was really brave and raw and both emotionally naked and physically naked in ways that she’d never quite been before…So much of, for me, writing ‘Wild’ was about being fearless. Not just on the hike but in writing the book. Being fearless about what truth looks like and showing not just the positive parts of myself but also the negative things, writing about some regrets I have some things..the wiser, older self would do differently and not feeling apologetic about any of the life that I lived and I trusted that and the reward was that so many readers came to me and said ‘Thank you, because you told my story.’ So I talked to Reese about that. I do think that when we’re brave in the direction of vulnerability that people respond to that powerfully.”
In anticipation of this week’s release of the film version of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir Wild [I SAW IT LAST NIGHT AND BAWLED THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH -- AMAZING.-- AMELIA] Strayed and actress Laura Dern, who plays Strayed’s mother in the film, sat down to chat on HuffPost Live. Reese Witherspoon plays Strayed onscreen, and when Strayed was asked about Witherspoon’s nudity in the film, the interviewer got a much more emotional answer than he was probably bargaining for. I think most fans of Wild would agree that the honesty in the book, even when it comes to less than proud moments, is what makes it so powerful and relatable. Dern described Strayed’s presence on set as a magic factor that allowed the “Wild” actors to feel uninhibited in their work: “to be in the presence of someone who relieves us all of shame by your fearlessness and being your authentic self, it frees us of everything.” The full interview, available here, is totally worth a watch. [HuffPost] [Image via AKM-GSI]
I find the holidays generally pretty depressing, but oddly enough, I LOVE Christmas music. Like, I could listen to it year round. Nothing lifts my spirits like the opening bars of “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night.” Reese Witherspoon is also a fan of Christmas carols, so she agreed to sing “Silent Night” on “The Tonight Show” — only the lyrics had been changed to random and wonky phrases. The “Wild” actress actually has a decent set of pipes — remember her singing as June Carter Cash in “Walk The Line”? — but the sudden change in lyrics proved to be a bit of struggle. It’s okay, you don’t need to sing in tune to get into the holiday spirit.
Skirts are the item of clothing that most intimidate me, so I rarely wear them and when I do, they’re always of the pencil or voluminous variety. But I might have to branch out and give the trumpet skirt a whirl, as it combines the form-fitting-ness of a pencil skirt with a little girly flare, plus a dose of sex appeal with the mini-length. Reese Witherspoon pairs hers with a lovely rose-printed blouse and a lady-like red bag and navy pumps. The whole looks can be yours at a fraction of the price Reese spent, after the jump! Keep reading »
I just did a massive closet purge in advance of my upcoming move and now I literally have an entire closet’s worth of clothes to either donate or sell. Flipping through the perfectly fine dresses, pants and tops I’ve bought over the years and never wear, I realized just how much I bought into trends that I didn’t actually love. But it was also clear from the clothes I’m keeping that I have found a signature style that I’m most comfortable and feel like myself in — chambray shirts, dark and skinny jeans, well-cut T-shirts, and dresses, lots of dresses. My vow going into this next phase of my life is to only buy things that truly make me feel that way, clothes that if I had my way and people wouldn’t think I was constantly doing the walk of shame, I would wear every day (even if that means buying them in every color). Like this outfit Reese Witherspoon is wearing. I would rock this look every single day if I had the patience to do laundry regularly. Get it for yourself — if it’s something you really like and feel comfortable in and think is awesome, of course — after the jump… Keep reading »