Reese Witherspoon: My daughter often mistaken for me

Feb 10, 2017, 08:15 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Actress Reese Witherspoon has said people often confuse her daughter, Ava Phillippe with her

Reese Witherspoon with daughter Ava
Reese Witherspoon with daughter Ava

Actress Reese Witherspoon has said people often confuse her daughter, Ava Phillippe with her.

The 40-year-old actress, who arrived with Ava on the premiere of "Big Little Lies" says the mother-daughter duo have often been mistaken for each other.

"People come up to her (all the time). We were at a premiere and they were congratulating her on her performance. She's like, 'I'm not in the movie'," Witherspoon said.

After the show, the 17-year-old shared a picture with her mother, where she congratulated the team for the HBO TV series.

She wrote, "So proud of my awesome mama and her passion for this project. It is so nice to see these wonderful, talented women in roles just as dynamic as they are. #biglittlelies".

Witherspoon admitted Ava doesn't want to do become an actress but she is "very supportive, and I love that she's here to help me".

'Big Little Lies' star cast
'Big Little Lies' star cast

The mother and daughter duo stunned in metallic frocks that brought out the best in both of them.

Reese looked positively thrilled to be accompanied by her eldest daughter, who was the spitting image of her mom on the event's grey carpet. The Oscar winner styled her golden blonde hair at the back of her head while Ava's hair was slightly rosy and worn in a messy up-do.

She's playing the perfect wife in the series. But Reese Witherspoon says she wasn't content with just playing perfection, in a new interview which sees her appear on the cover of Variety opposite the series' director, Jean-Marc Vallée.

Reese actually asked the screenwriter David E. Kelley if they could actually change the story arc of her role, Madeline Martha McKenzie, 'because I didn't have anything to play but perfection, and I just think those people who are perfect [are] all full of s**t.'

On why she chose Jean-Marc as the director: “I feel safe with Jean-Marc — more safe than I’ve ever felt with anybody, because he’s my brother, he’s my partner; I know he’s always going to demand the best, but I’m always going
to bring my best,” she says. “We hold each other to those standards. We don’t have
any artifice between us.”

On the female-heavy script: “I thought that was a really unique opportunity to have so many incredible parts for women in one piece of material... Any woman who’s trying to lift other women up and create more work for women is literally just looking for parity. We’re not looking to completely take over projects. It’s just nice to have 50-50. You need male energy and female energy on every project. You need different races on every project. The deep mission to understand each other is what creates great art.”

On film vs TV: “What is film? What is TV? What is digital? I think probably within four years we’re not going to be talking about that anymore. It’s just content. Content is content. Because as an artist, the most important thing is you want to have work that reaches people.
I don’t care how it gets to them. I don’t care if it’s in their living room, their laptop, their mobile phone — I just want them to see it.”

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