LOS ANGELES: Reese Witherspoon is generating Oscar buzz in her latest role as a woman who goes on a solo thousand-mile hiking journey after her life starts falling apart in ‘Wild’.
The film is based the true story of the same name by Cheryl Strayed. When Witherspoon read her memoirs, she immediately asked the author whether she could purchase the film rights.
“I think it explored so many themes that I feel are so important for people to see on film. Whether it’s the exploration of female sexuality, or the idea that you cannot be embarrassed or ashamed about the experiences that you’ve had in your life – that they all are cumulative and they all sort of make up who you have become,” said the Oscar-winning actress.
After the death of her mother led to a heroin addiction and the collapse of her marriage, the 22 year-old Strayed set out to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail alone – walking 1,100 miles on a journey of self-discovery.
In order to accurately portray her story, Witherspoon had to step out of her comfort zone – which involved shooting nude sex and drug scenes.
The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the man behind this year’s Oscar-winning movie ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.
“It was an easy task, you know. I didn’t force her not to wear make-up and to look like nothing and to be naked and to do drug scenes totally naked and topless. It was part of the story. The film is called ‘Wild’. It’s not called ‘Easy and Fun and Safe.’ It’s wild,” said Vallée.
Out now in the United States, ‘Wild’ starring Reese Witherspoon will be on global release from January.