Win! Reese Witherspoon’s latest movie
Plus catch up with the Oscar-winning actress…
The Good Lie starring Reese Witherspoon is out on DVD this week – we’ve got two copies to give away!
Based on real-life events and directed by Oscar nominee Philippe Falardeau, the film stars Reese as a brash American woman assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees known as Lost Boys [and Girls] of Sudan who won a lottery for relocation to the United States in the 1990s.
This is a spectacular season for you with Oscar talk, this movie, producing and acting. Did you plan it all to come at once?
No, it wasn’t planned. I think for a few years, I was a little bit lost, not making choices I was ultimately very happy with. What started this whole string of things was just getting back to wanting to playing interesting, dynamic female characters.
What made you want to be in this particular movie?
I remember when I met the director, the first thing he said to me was, “This movie isn’t about you. And I just want to be really clear about that.” And I’ve never had a director say that to me before. But it made me happy, because I didn’t want to make a movie where it was just an American girl, coming to save African people.
Did you find filming inspiring?
At the very end of the film, we got to go to the Kakuma Refugee Camp. So even though I didn’t shoot any scenes there, I didn’t want to just do the part in Atlanta and be done and go home to my life. I really wanted to see what the experience was like, so I took my teenage daughter, and we went. It was very emotional, seeing over 250,000 people displaced. Sleeping on concrete slabs, and just the sprawl of that many people living together. There were twelve different languages being spoken; seven different kinds of religions. There was very little health care, very little food.
It just really brought it all home to me – this is an opportunity to raise awareness, but it’s also an opportunity to create change. It’s been really educational for me to learn about refugees, and their contribution to society, and how we hopefully lift more of them up out of those situations.
What rules do you try to live by?
I’m one of those people that has post-its everywhere, like, the six evils in the world and how to avoid them; I really do. Desire, greed, envy. I try to tell myself all those things to avoid. For the positive affirmations, I have to say that judge not less ye be judged is a pretty good one that’s guided me through life.
Was there any advice were you given early on in your career that turned out to be either right or wrong?
I really wanted to be a Broadway kid and so I went to all these camps in the Catskills and I had to sing and dance and act and I remember getting through the singing coaching session at the end and I had my evaluation and they said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t sing!!’ I told that story when I won an award for ‘Walk The Line.’ I was like, ‘Thank God I didn’t listen to them!’ Frankly, it was hard to get over that mental block because someone had told me, ‘You don’t know how to do that. Don’t do it.’ So you have to be careful what you say to people.
Do you remember the first time you stepped in front of a camera?
I had a really great experience in my first film, ‘The Man On The Moon,’ and worked with such a wonderful director, Robert Mulligan, and I thought all movies were like that. We finished two weeks under schedule and we only worked from eight o’clock in the morning until five o’clock at night, and I thought, ‘This movie thing is a breeze.’ It was a rude awakening on my next film!
The good lie is available on dvd from 31 August 2015, courtesy of entertainment one.
We’ve two copies up for grabs – please enter by midnight on Friday 11th September to be in with a chance of winning.
This giveaway has now closed.
This giveaway closes 11/09/2015