Kinker Jen here, and while we wait for more Water for Elephants news (read: Robowski pics) to start trickling in again, I thought I’d take this opportunity to profess my love for Reese Witherspoon and why I am SO HAPPY that she accepted the role of Marlena in Water for Elephants.
I think Reese Witherspoon first came on my radar in 1997-ish when I saw ‘Freeway’ on HBO. She was just a little older than me and as I watched her slice open a prison guard with a self-made shank and hold her own against Jack Bauer I thought “man, this girl has some serious talent.” Being from Alabama, I loved her authentic, white-trash southern accent. This was pre-Bauer-Hour for Keifer Sutherland, who, by the way, looks just like the chester molester in Lovely Bones in this pic, huh?
The next role I really loved her in was Election – maybe this one was a little close to home for me. I was sorta kinda a go-getter in Jr. and Sr. high, I may or may not have been class and student government president once or three times. As a professional class candidate, I thought she nailed it.
Then Legally Blond came out and I was truly in love with Reese Witherspoon. I think this is the one movie that no matter how many years go by you can turn it on and watch it, it’s a Generation X classic. Bend and snap anyone?
In January 2000, I relocated from L.A. (that’s Lower Alabama) to San Francisco all by my lonesome. A couple of years later, I will never forget driving down Geary Ave. in the inner Richmond district and seeing a bus shelter ad for Sweet Home Alabama. I had been under the impression that Charlize Theron was going to lead in that movie. (BRAGGING MOMENT: before she broke up with Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of Third Eye Blind, I got to be around Charlize a few times because he is my people.) I was pleasantly surprised to see Reese was the lead because she is a true southern belle! I saw it opening weekend and cried into my unsweet tea as I longed to be back in the dirty south.
Since then, I have followed her every move. Reese been MISS RELIABLE for opening up movies. I admit I felt like a proud sister when she won the Oscar for her role in Walk the Line. When I heard she would be starring opposite of His Holy Hotness Robert Pattinson, I knew this would be just the perfect blog for me to contribute to! I’m double-fangirling!
Just for the record: I’ve tried Reese’s hairstyles, her perfume (Avon), and I even have a daughter named Ava!
So, thank you Reese, for all of your inspirations! I can’t wait to see you in action in Water for Elephants! It would be a wonderful thing to meet you and give you a big hug and chitchat over sweet tea one day! I think I’d squeal more at meeting you than RPattz!
Has Reese Witherspoon inspired you too? Let me know, so I don’t feel so crazay about gushing!