“I didn’t have control over it”: $400 Million Rich Reese Witherspoon Wanted to Change Her Career Path After Uncomfortable Moments With Mark Wahlberg

"I didn't have control over it": $400 Million Rich Reese Witherspoon Wanted to Change Her Career Path After Uncomfortable Moments With Mark Wahlberg
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Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon has cemented herself as one of the most desirable and popular celebrities in Hollywood. After breaking through as a teenage star, Witherspoon went from strength to strength to star in blockbusters like Legally Blonde and reached the pinnacle of critical acclaim by winning an Oscar for her performance in Walk the Line.

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Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon

While the Big Little Lies actor has always been seen as a powerful advocate for change especially about women in cinema, there were times when she was compelled to give in to certain conditions while filming. Witherspoon, in an interview, spoke of a particular film with Mark Wahlberg that left her feeling extremely uncomfortable owing to a particularly intimate scene.

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Reese Witherspoon Was Uncomfortable While Filming Fear

In 1996, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg starred in Fear, a dark psychological thriller about a young teenager who discovers her lover’s dark side. While the film was a stepping stone for both stars to reach greater heights in Hollywood, Witherspoon, then only 19, confessed that she had some uncomfortable experiences in the film that made her time on set a tough one.

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Reese Witherspoon and Mark Wahlberg in Fear

Speaking of a particular scene in which her character had to make love on a roller coaster, the Oscar-winning revealed that she had requested a body double as she was reluctant to film the scene. The segment which wasn’t explicit in the script, ended up being a rather graphic one which Witherspoon was against doing. The actor though, wasn’t given a choice to back down.

“It wasn’t explicit in the script that that’s what was going to happen, so that was something that I think the director thought of on his own and then asked me on set if I would do it, and I said no. I didn’t have control over it. It wasn’t a particularly great experience.”

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Reese Witherspoon will star in Legally Blonde 3

The Legally Blonde star went on to add that this experience resulted in shaping her future assertive personality and was instrumental in making the actor stand up for herself and for other female actors to voice their opinions regarding their rights on set.

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Reese Witherspoon’s Legally Blonde 3 Is In The Works

In June 2018, Reese Witherspoon who played the iconic Elle Woods in the first two Legally Blonde films, confirmed that she will be reprising her role in a third installment of the beloved franchise. Cut to 2023, the film is yet to see the light of day but the Sweet Home Alabama star is reported to have said that it is very much in the works though official filming is yet to begin. Sending out a message to eager fans to hold on to their patience for just a while longer, the Oscar winner released a statement saying,

“They waited a long time to make another version of that movie, and I loved the nostalgia piece they incorporated in it. That gave us a lot of inspiration about what we would want to do with Elle Woods and make sure that we had all those same touchstones that mattered to people [back] then”.

Witherspoon also added that she valued the characters in the films like her own family and wanted to ensure that Legally Blonde 3 will honor all of them in the best way possible. The star was also determined to make a film of the highest quality while leaving no room for mediocrity.

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Also Read: “I said no”: Reese Witherspoon Felt Horrible During Her S*x Scene With Mark Wahlberg When She Was Only 19 Years Old

Source: Harper’s Bazaar

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