Why Reese Witherspoon Had “Panic Attacks” Before Filming Oscar-Nominated Role
- In Wild, Reese Witherspoon performed the position of creator Cheryl Strayed
- For her efficiency in Wild, Reese additionally earned her an Oscar nod
- The movie relies on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, launched in 2012
Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon has revealed that she was “so scared” for her position within the 2014 adventure-drama Wild, which additionally earned her an Oscar nod, that she had “panic attacks for three weeks” earlier than she began filming whereas speaking to actor-producer Tracee Ellis Ross for Interview Magazine. The movie relies on creator Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir titled Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail. In Wild, Reese Witherspoon performs the position of Cheryl Strayed, who hikes alone via over 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in an effort to recuperate from some private tragedies.
Speaking in regards to the position that “changed her the most,” Reese Witherspoon informed Tracee Ellis Ross: “Probably Wild. I was so scared to do that. I had hypnosis, I was so scared. I was having panic attacks for three weeks before I started. There was the nudity, sexuality, and drug-use aspect, but also being alone on camera with no other actors. I hadn’t ever been alone in scenes for days and days. There were probably 25 days of the shoot where I had no other actor opposite me. It was just me and a camera and a backpack.”
She added: “I was like, ‘Is this going to be so boring?’ And Cheryl Strayed’s book was so beautiful and sacred to me because it spoke to me so deeply about how we as women have to save ourselves. There’s no mother or father coming to save us. There’s no spouse. I thought it was radical that at the end of the film, she ends up with no family, no money, no job, no partner, and she’s happy.”
For her critically-acclaimed efficiency in Wild, Reese Witherspoon earned nominations for Best Actress at the 87th Academy Awards and the 68th British Academy Film Awards. Reese’s co-star Laura Dern was nominated in Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress class for her work within the movie.
Wild has “changed” Reese Witherspoon “on a cellular level” and he or she does not know “if she’ll ever work that hard again,” she stated within the interview.
Wild was directed by Jean-Marc Vallee and produced by Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Bill Pohlad. It additionally starred Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae, Michiel Huisman, Gaby Hoffmann and Brian Van Holt in supporting roles.