Reese Witherspoon Couldn’t Help Bringing “Wild” Home to Her Husband

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Reese Witherspoon’s big-screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s beloved autobiography, Wild, was among the most-anticipated films screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. There, we caught up with Reese, who explained how hard it was to leave the character of Cheryl on set — even her husband, Jim Toth, would ask, “Are you being Cheryl right now?” Cheryl herself spoke to us about the process of making the movie with Reese, and Laura Dern weighed in on bringing an emotional, true story to life.

    Female Speaker: Reese Witherspoon's big screen adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's book 'Wild' was one of the most anticipated movies to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Going to such mental and physical depths for this role, at the end of the day did you keep it with you or did you release in some certain way?

    Reese Witherspoon: No, there were definitely days when I came home and my husband was like, are you sure you are all right? I would be like cursing and mad about things and he was like oh! No, I definitely carried Cheryl with me for a long time.

    Female Speaker: Auctioning this movie and taking control of it from an early start, do you believe that's important for women to sort of take control of their careers and make things for themselves?

    Reese Witherspoon: Yeah, you can't really wait around for people for bring you the perfect thing, so it's great to sort of get busy and start making things you want to see in movies. I am very lucky to have that opportunity, because I have had great success and I have been so blessed with the relationships that I have.

    Cheryl Strayed: Right from the start our very first conversation, we talked really deeply about what does this book mean, why do you want to bring this to the screen? I wanted to put it in the hands of an artist who had artistic intentions and Reese really did. The first time I saw it I was sitting between Reese Witherspoon and Jean-Marc Valle, and we all just cried and we laughed and we went through that whole range of emotion.

    Female Speaker: Equally emotional is Laura Dern's portrayal of Cheryl's mother Bobbi. Laura Dern: Learning from her, listening to everything she would share, and being guided by Jean-Marc, who has such a generous and genuine hearts, as well as being an extraordinary filmmaker, so that combination made for a very safe discovery of Bobbi.