In the movie, she plays Cheryl Strayed, a former heroin addict who ends up hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
This is a complete pivot from the roles she is use to playing, telling the October issue of Vogue, “I was like, ‘All right, back to the drawing board.’”
She continues, “When people underestimate me, it’s actually a comfortable place for me. Oh, that’s what you think I am; well, no, I’m not. I’m a complex human being. I have many different shades.”
For her part, she had to learn how to properly shoot heroin along with some racy sex scenes made this sooo NOT what she is use too. Hello Sweet Home Alabama!!
She tells the mag, “I just didn’t want to hear, ‘Oh, we don’t want to see Reese have sex… Oh, can we not have any profanity?’ I wanted it to be truthful, I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real.”
As for her success, she recalls to the mag remember reading a New Yorker article in which is stated that he days of topping the box-office were long gone.
“And there I was thinking I was reading about Ben Stiller!” she says. “Thank God their articles are so long. I was on page six. Nobody can have got that far.”
She adds, “It’s not that the roles dried up. They just weren’t as dynamic or as interesting as anything I felt I could do.”
Got to love her quotes, and her! How could you go wrong casting her, no matter the role.
Read more of her interview after the jump.