Young Reese was asked to dress sexy to meet studio head

"They thought I was a shrew", the now-43-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Wednesday.

Reese Witherspoon's production "Big Little Lies" was up for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series, but that wasn't her only celebration on Wednesday.

The actress tell The Hollywood Reporter she once had to meet with an unnamed studio head, who believed Reese was like Tracy Flick, her super-serious, overachiever character in 1999 film Election - and she was told to dress "appropriately".

"I mean, it was just an incredible day to get that call and to see the acknowledgment of Jen and Nicole and Meryl and Laura Dern and it just goes on and on", Witherspoon said.

She told Reuters "It's really deep in my heart because this film really is an ensemble and so getting to celebrate everybody for me is most important". 'And then I was told to dress sexy for the meeting'.

The "Sweet Home Alabama" star was reluctant to even take on the role and had to be coaxed into taking on the part - one that Witherspoon is most notable for today, according to producer Marc Platt.

"She was afraid it was too similar to 'Clueless, ' which had recently come out, in terms of the character", said Marc Platt, who optioned the book for MGM.

'I bear in mind a room stuffed with males who have been asking me questions on being coed and being in a sorority.

Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde".

Legally Blonde was so successful, it not only launched a hit sequel in 2003 (as well as a third installment now reportedly in the works), but it catapulted Witherspoon to movie star status.

She admitted: "I was so used to being underestimated that when I was somehow accepted, I didn't know how to look at material".

Witherspoon is not bothered though. She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter in "Walk the Line" and was also nominated for an Emmy for "Big Little Lies".

Ronan Farrow, whose investigative journalism broke the Harvey Weinstein story creating an outpouring of allegations by women in Hollywood, was honoured with the Equity in Entertainment Award, which was presented to him by Gretchen Carlson.



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