Witherspoon is taking a break from comedies, and delving in to much darker subject matter for her role in Wild.
The film is based on Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on a journey of self-discovery after her mother’s sudden death, the Mud actress had to learn how to look like she was shooting heroin, and employed a hypnotist to get her through the racy sex scenes.
“I just didn’t want to hear, ‘Oh, we don’t want to see Reese have sex…Oh, can we not have any profanity?'” she explained to Vogue of stepping outside her comfort zone for the movie. “I wanted it to be truthful, I wanted it to be raw, I wanted it to be real.”
Witherspoon drew on her own experiences for the film, too. “Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors, but I think there’s a general sense now that I’ve lived a pretty textured life,” she told Vogue. “So many of the things that Cheryl goes through in the book I’ve been through, you know? I’ve been married, I’ve been divorced.”
Vogue also posted a video in which she answers 73 questions, and give a number of amazing answers. Plus she gives some amazing answers while giving a tour of her home, as well as doing a backflip on a trampoline.
Watch it all happen below.
Read the full interview with Witherspoon at Vogue.com.
Photos: Mikael Jansson/Vogue