An Academy Award-winning actress with a string of iconic performances behind her, Reese Witherspoon takes on perhaps her most challenging role yet in “Wild” - based on the bestselling and strikingly honest memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by author Cheryl Strayed.
While audiences will perhaps forever remember her as the charming lead of “Legally Blonde” - the film that first propelled her to stardom - or as the redoubtable winning performance as June Carter Cash in “Walk The Line,” now they will see her in a startling new light in “Wild.”
“Reese’s love for the book was so clear and deep, she really had a profound grasp on who this woman was. She was also up for an incredible challenge, ready to go completely out of her comfort zone. She came at it with a very moving humility. There was no ego, just a desire to get inside this woman alone,” director Jean-Marc Vallée shares. Witherspoon came at Cheryl as someone who takes a seemingly naïve, possibly even ridiculous, go at the Pacific Crest Trail because, no matter how far she has fallen in her life, deep down she still believes she can kick-start her own salvation.
There was little uncertainty that the part would bring with it amazing sports requests as Cheryl explores crosswise over rock, waterway, ice and snow. Witherspoon brought an affection and appreciation for the outside that helped her to handle them, however even in this way, playing Cheryl implied experiencing the wild – in the cruel deserts, high mountains furthermore her own head – in different sorts of new ways.
"On the off chance that I would have been an individual who didn't cherish the outside, this part would have been inconceivable," she giggles. "As it might have been, it was to a great degree testing on every level, and much more physically difficult than I ever expected. There was moving up the side of a mountain and adjusting in waterway intersections and walking through midsection profound snow and falling into a solidifying stream. I had no clue it was going to be as hard as it genuinely seemed to be. Yet it was likewise, extremely remunerating."
A large number of those prizes originated from minutes that took Witherspoon into the darkest corners of her mind. Shooting the minute that opens the film – when Cheryl grievously loses her boot on a high pass – had a craving for approaching a real life junction to Witherspoon.
"I need to say the spot where we shot that scene is one of most delightful spots I've been a major part of my life," she reviews. "Being on the edge of that mountain while examining all that was occurring to Cheryl in that moment was strongly enthusiastic. It's the first minute when she doesn't decid anything is going to have the capacity to shred her. It appears to her that the universe continues attempting to shred her to pieces. What's more now she chooses she simply totally won't let it."
The heart-blending vistas overflowing all through the shoot were a steady motivation for Witherspoon, and an indication of why the untouched spaces of wild called so unequivocally to Cheryl, even at rock bottom. "It tops you off," the performing artist says. "To see the staggering excellence of our reality makes you think everything may truly be OK. I feel that is the way Cheryl came to feel."
Having Strayed herself on the set likewise made a difference. "She was a genuine touchstone for me," Witherspoon clarifies. "Now and then the main thing that provided for me a toe-hold in a scene was looking over at Cheryl and seeing in her face that she survived this. You see all that she's been through in her eyes. Furthermore you hear it in her voice. Furthermore emulating that was the greatest blessing to me as a performing actor.