“Whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed.”
More like whoever said Oscar darling Reese Witherspoon was America’s Sweetheart was seriously disturbed!
Okay, maybe that’s a bit too aggressive (sorry, RW—please don’t take our Wreath Witherspoons away!). Reese, up for yet another Best Actress statue this year, isn’t the total opposite of the wonderfully upbeat, colour-conscious and giving character who once uttered *those immortal words* we just mentioned (that would be Elle Woods of Legally Blonde, FYI). But when you look back at her history, both professionally and personally, she actually kind of lives up to the name of the movie that earned her yet another nomination. She’s a little bit wild.
Shall we look at the Reese’s pieces (yeah, we went there) of evidence?
She’s played “bad” in a lot more movies than you think
While, sure, she started off with some more family-friendly stuff in her early teens (i.e. tearjerker Man in the Moon), she quickly moved into some seriously risqué territory with movies like this:
ICYMI, that’s Freeway, where she played a young prostitute who gets picked up by a sexual predator played by Kiefer Sutherland and ends up in a real messed up Red Riding Hood scenario. And no, this is not the most violent scene in the movie BY A LONG SHOT.
Oh, and she followed up that hard R-rated flick with another overtly sexual thriller, Fear co-starring Mark Wahlberg where she was seen gettin’ hers on a roller coaster.
And then, of course, there was Election, where she not only played the insanely driven high school student with a penchant for having hallway temper tantrums and staring you down something fierce from the school bus…
And we can’t forget about Cruel Intentions, where she was technically the virginal good girl, but also had a definite devilish side.
Or that she agreed to be in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde. (Sorry, but we all know how painful it is next to Legally Blonde, the best movie of all the time.)
She’s technically got a criminal record
In addition to committing some career crimes, Reese has committed some actual ones too.
Okay, so that’s a screenshot of her mug shot from Sweet Home Alabama. BUT Reese also got arrested in real life. Back in the spring of 2013, she and her hubby, agent Jim Toth, were pulled over for drunk driving.
He was eventually charged with Driving Under the Influence. And she—get this!—was booked for Disorderly Conduct after drunkenly arguing with the police officer and repeatedly asking him if he “knew who [she] was.”
You gotta wonder if she’s just doing this new movie with Sofia Vergara where she plays a cop just to show up the boys and girls in blue who just hadn’t gotten around to watching Four Christmases on Netflix yet.
She knows how to partay
We might not want to admit it, but we were all more shocked that Reese was drunk during that DUI incident than we were that she was kinda know-it-all-y in the face of authority. But the truth is, she’s no stranger to getting smashed and lettin’ it all hang out.
Remember that time Cara Delevingne posted a video of her, Reese, Zooey Deschanel and Kate Upton having slurry, nonsensical conversations in an elevator at the Met Ball?
“[You know] what’s the most important thing in a name—for a girl? It’s that a man can whisper it into his pillow.” (Oh, Reese, don’t we know!)
And then of course there’s the fact that when she gets a few dranks in her, she’s fully willing to make fun of herself while also having a very anti-Best Actress snack attack.
Reese, you’ve just been pulling the J. Crew wool over our eyes this whole time, haven’t you?