A Minute With: Reese Witherspoon on going to "War"

Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:39am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES Feb 15 (Reuters.com) - In her new romantic comedy "This Means War" Reese Witherspoon portrays a woman who returns to dating after a failed relationship only to find herself torn between two men, who happen to be friends and CIA operatives.

The film, which opens in theaters on Friday, tucks some dating drama in between a lot of action as the two men, played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, find their friendship put to the test when competing for the attention of Witherspoon's character, Lauren.

Witherspoon's real life is more stable and less dramatic than Lauren's. The 35-year-old actress is nearing her one-year wedding anniversary to Jim Toth. She spoke with Reuters about the film, her hunky co-stars, her commitment to representing her southern heritage and helping female filmmakers.

Q: You won an Oscar for drama "Walk the Line," and the "Legally Blonde" comedies were big hits. This movie is all out action. Would you say it is a departure for you?

A: "It was a great opportunity to try something new, yet I felt like it had enough comedy that it felt fresh. Combining it with this very viable spy story made it feel new. But I had a few stunt doubles because there were things like driving cars, jumping off buildings, cars tumbling towards me, things on fire...(laughs)."

Q: So you didn't get to partake in all the action?

A: "I did do the trapeze work on this movie because I had been in circus training for 'Water For Elephants' and the shooting was very close between the two movies."

Q: Tell me about your two co-stars. What is Tom Hardy like?   Continued...

Cast member Reese Witherspoon poses at the premiere of "This Means War" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California February 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni