Reese Witherspoon was introduced to the entertainment industry at a very early age. In 1990, she landed her first major acting role in Robert Mulligan’s The Man on the Moon. Her role as a 14-year-old tomboy earned her rave reviews. Roles in bigger films such as Jack the Bear and A Far Off Place followed shortly after. Reese decided to put her acting career on hold and attend Stanford University where she would major in English literature. However, her collegiate plans were shortly dashed when she accepted roles to star in two major motion pictures: Fear alongside Mark Wahlberg and Freeway with Kiefer Sutherland. Although neither film was a huge box-office success, they did help establish Reese as a rising starlet in Hollywood and open the door for bigger and better film roles.
Those bigger roles came in movies such as Pleasantville, Election and Cruel Intentions. Her breakthrough role came as ‘Elle Woods’ in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde. The movie was a huge box-office smash and established Reese as one of the top female draws in Hollywood. The next year, she scored a follow-up hit with Sweet Home Alabama, which went on to gross over $100 million as the box office. In 2006, she took home the best actress Oscar for her role as June Carter Cash in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. Reese’s other credits include Hot Pursuit, The Good Lie, This Means War, Water for Elephants, Mud and Inherent Vice. Her production company, Pacific Standard, is behind the acclaimed films Gone Girl, Wild and Hot Pursuit. Most recently she received her second Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Cheryl Strayed in Wild.