The actress hired a hypnotist for sex-scenes in the movie.
Reese Witherspoon is covering the October issue of Vogue magazine to talk about her upcoming role in the new movie she is promoting.
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The 38-year-old actress is breaking away from her sweet side to perform a new role in her upcoming drama "Wild," based off Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" in which she chronicles her journey of self-discovery across the Pacific Crest Trail following the sudden death of her mother.
Witherspoon spoke with Vogue about breaking away from her usual characters that fans have normally seen her as on screen in movies "Four Christmases" and "How Do You Know."
"When people underestimate me, it's actually a comfortable place for me," she explains to the mag while looking stunning on the October cover in a chic red dress. "'Oh, that's what you think I am; well, no, I'm not.' I'm a complex human being. I have many different shades."
The film follows the life Strayed detailed in her book as a heroin addict, who has hit rock bottom and is willing to try almost anything to escape from her life including a string of one night stands as she tries to cope with her mother's passing in the film.
"I just didn't want to hear, ‘Oh, we don't want to see Reese have sex. . . . Oh, can we not have any profanity?' " the actress recalls. "I wanted it to be truthful, I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real."
Strayed went as far to teach Witherspoon how to properly shoot heroine on the set before the actress had to do it on film.
"I was like ‘Come on, people, haven't you guys ever done this?'" the author recalls—and, according to Vogue, the blond stunner even brought in a hypnotist to help calm her nerves before shooting her sex scenes.
Witherspoon also goes into detail about her character and how she drew upon her own experiences in life to fill the role.
"Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, but I think there's a general sense now that I've lived a pretty textured life," she admitted. "So many of the things that Cheryl goes through in the book I've been through, you know? I've been married, I've been divorced. I haven't lost my mother, but my mother's mother died in a very similar way, of an aneurysm very suddenly...Cheryl has this idea that the things that have happened to you are part of you. There's something really beautiful about that idea."
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The drama "Wild" is set to open in theaters on December 5th of this year.