‘Big Little Lies’: Reese Witherspoon Considers a Co-stars to be Her Sister

Good actors can bring chemistry to the screen even when they aren’t actually all that close, but there’s something magical about getting to watch friends  perform alongside one another and bring a new dynamic to that relationship in front of the camera. The sets of television shows are particularly rich ground for developing long-lasting friendships.

The long duration of the program means the characters will see one another over months, years, or even decades. Of course, that can also make for some awkward moments when stars are trapped alongside someone they really don’t like, but real-life friendships still make for some of the best on-screen interactions. 

That’s the case with Reese Witherspoon on Big Little Lies. While the entire cast seems close and has come together to tell an emotionally-charged story with lots of ups and downs, there is one co-star Witherspoon considers to be her “sister.” 

Reese Witherspoon opened up about her recent work 

Witherspoon recently landed the cover of Vanity Fair, and the accompanying interview gave her the chance to open up about her work. The actor has been in the spotlight since the age of 15 — when she had a starring role in The Man in the Moon. 

By the time she hit her mid-20s, Witherspoon was a megastar who had brought to life such iconic characters as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Tracy Flick in Election, and June Carter Cash in Walk the Line (a performance that earned her an Oscar). 

Her career started to fizzle out around that time,  however. Many (perhaps even Witherspoon herself) wondered if the pressure of Hollywood had once again ground down a young female actor early and left her with no roles as she entered middle age. The fears were unfounded, though. Witherspoon came roaring back into the spotlight and is now once again at the top of her career. 

Production gave Reese Witherspoon renewed energy

Reese Witherspoon
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Witherspoon invested in her own production company, and the results speak for themselves. She optioned the rights for Gone Girl and Wild (which she also starred in), and the two films demonstrated her impeccable creative eye and talent.

When she used that talent to turn Liane Moriarty’s novel Big Little Lies into a series for HBO, she showed the world that she was a force to be reckoned with and that she was here to stay. The show has been critically acclaimed, and it features a female-centric cast of heavy-hitting actors like Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Zoe Kravitz. Focusing on the complex and interrelated dynamics between the characters these women bring to life, the show offers a depth that really resonates with viewers. 

Reese Witherspoon really connected with one ‘magical’ co-star

In the Vanity Fair piece, Witherspoon reveals that she has a close group of professional friends who build one another up and share contract negotiation information to ensure they all have fair pay. This group includes America Ferrera, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava DuVernay, Nancy Meyers, and Laura Dern. 

While Witherspoon makes it clear she values all of these women and her other co-stars, she has a special relationship with Laura Dern. “You know, you meet people, you’re friends with people, but I say about a few women in my life, they are my sisters. I don’t have a sister and I found my sister in Laura. No one makes me laugh like Laura. She’s magical,” Witherspoon explained. 

Dern feels the same way about Witherspoon. “Reese is a miracle,” Dern explains. “She is the gold standard of what it means to be a champion. She has always been a champion of art, and other artists, as well as friends and family. But discovering how she will never stop until other women are honored for their voices and their skills with not only a seat at the table, but paid and paid well for it, is a rare marvel. Because of her, so many other women in positions of power have followed suit. As an only child, finding family has always been very important to me. And that I get her in both areas of my life—personal and professional—is an outrageous blessing.”