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Reese Witherspoon On ‘Fox News Sunday’: ‘Women Aren’t Just Girlfriends And Wives’

Actress Reese Witherspoon will appear on “Fox News Sunday” this weekend in a pre-recordered interview with Chris Wallace. As the Power Player interview, Witherspoon and co-star Ger Duany sit down with Wallace to discuss their upcoming film, “The Good Lie.”

Withersoon, known for playing a dumb blonde in her Legally Blonde movies, talks about her evolution in Hollywood. Witherspoon counts comedic actress Tina Fey among those who’ve influenced her most.

“One of the biggest inspirations for me was reading Tina Fey’s book,” said Witherspoon, who plays a straight-talking brunette in film. “It was a very — she said, you know, if I can help one other woman create something in Hollywood, I’ve done my job. And I hope to have that same goal, you know, just to create opportunities for other women to tell their stories, because women aren’t just girlfriends and wives, you know, in movies, to big leading men. Those are great roles, but I feel like women are much more complex than that.”

Going forward and promoting another new film in which she stars — “Wild” — Witherspoon said she sees herself as “much more in charge of her life.

Now that she’s older, the 38-year-old says she’s more discerning about which parts she accepts.

“You know, I have three kids, so leaving to go do a film shoot for three months, it has to be material that really moves me,” she said. “And I really want to put interesting creative characters into the world and create opportunities for audiences to see complex women on film. So I get excited when I go to work. And I read new books. And I think about characters that are really going to change the way people think about marriage or what women are capable of bearing. And ‘Wild’ – I’ve never seen a woman on film outside in the wilderness all alone. And it’s a true story. But it’s something I’m really proud of and I’m excited to show my daughter.”