Playing a Drug Addict

Playing a Drug Addict

Counting on past experience was not a choice Reese Witherspoon had when she decided to play the role of a former drug addict in her upcoming movie Wild.

"I've never done drugs," she shared. "I was really confused. I didn't know what I was doing."

Despite the lack of knowledge or experience on drug addiction, Witherspoon knew the role was different and unlike what she has done so far.

"It just required being in a really raw emotional place that didn't feel good," she added.

Regardless of the difficult moments, Witherspoon knows that roles like these don't exactly come around every day for women. As a result, she had to follow through and do her absolute best.

‘It wasn't as if there was a lack of roles being offered to me. It was the dynamic aspect of playing a really interesting, complicated person that was not readily available," the 38-year-old explained. "It's strange that you don't see many complicated women on film; complicated meaning complex, I should say."

Based on her recent role, does the proud mom want to stay away from dramas in the future? Not so fast! She will, however, happily enjoy a comic role.
"Dramas are always going to require something that doesn't feel good, some sort of challenge or emotional gutting. It's not a fun space to live in a lot of the time," she admitted. "It's why I enjoy doing comedies. It's much easier, thinking of what rhymes with truck."

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