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Reese Witherspoon recalled one particularly upsetting incident of sexism that left her in “tears.”
On an August 27 episode of Kristen Bell and Monica Padman’s We Are Supported By podcast, the 45-year-old actress spoke candidly about her reaction to a 2015 cartoon of herself.
In the picture – which appeared on TIME – she was alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba and Lauren Conrad and the headline read “Hollywood’s New Domestic Divas.”
Heartbreaking: the 45-year-old actress recounted a particularly heartbreaking sexist caricature of herself from 2015 that made her “burst into tears”; in the photo 2020
The image accompanied an article about Hollywood figures who had recently become entrepreneurs as Reese was photoshopped wearing an apron and holding a vacuum cleaner.
At the time, she had recently started Draper James, an e-commerce site that sells clothing, accessories and home items with southern accents.
The article described the five women as “peddling the fleeting of their domestic happiness.”
“I think it was in 2015. I had started a clothing business. Gwyneth really cultivated Goop. Blake Lively had a business, Jessica Alba had a business, and they did a caricature of all of us, ”Reese recalls in the interview.
“We were in ball gowns, and they put our heads on us, and Jessica was holding an iron and I was holding a vacuum cleaner. It was all so offensive that I burst into tears.
Offensive: In an August 27 episode of the We Are Supported By podcast, the actress spoke candidly about her reaction to a 2015 cartoon of herself in which she called her a “domestic diva”; in the photo 2019
Business Enterprise: TIME wrote a story about Hollywood personalities who had recently become entrepreneurs and they were written as “The New Hollywood Home Divas”; pictured of Reese at the launch of her Draper James clothing store in 2016
Reese went on to say that the post said “sorry,” but the incident continued to speak to him as an example of a larger cultural issue.
“I’m not even talking about 10 years ago. I’m talking about 2015, when we decided, okay, we’re going to be entrepreneurial, turn a corner, invest our own money, our own time, our own reputation, and try to do something that George Clooney did, Robert De Niro did – and gets taunted for it.
“This message to little girls is, ‘If you’ve been successful in one area, you cannot be successful in another. ”
And to that tune, the Legally Blonde star went on to say in the podcast interview that the incident helped her start her production company Hello Sunshine – which aims to tell female stories – and enabled her to be an actress, producer, director and owner. .
In the TIME article, she said at the time, “As a woman, I don’t think we are as busy as our male counterparts,” as she was alluding to Hollywood ranking women in certain categories. roles at their age.
Driving force: The Big Little Lies star went on to say that the incident prompted her to start Hello Sunshine when she said to herself at the time, “I’m going to self-fund this business because I want to own this business”; in the photo 2016
She told Bell and Padman about creating Hello Sunshine: “I’ve been there consciously for six or seven years,” I’m going to self-fund this company because I want to own this company. ”
It was sold to venture capital firm Blackstone for nearly $ 1 billion earlier this month, and she said the sale made her feel that the “banking world” valued “women’s storytelling. ».
‘What made me happy about the [Hello Sunshine] announcement is that the banking world and the private equity world value something about the women and women who tell stories in such a huge way.
She went on to say that telling stories about women was her “goal”. “I really want to be of service to the next generation of women, to my own generation of women who have not been served well by our business. ”
Reese certainly came full circle with the post when she made the cover of TIME in May as they hailed Hello Sunshine as one of the 100 Most Influential Companies, while also addressing the ‘media empire’ that she was building.
Back in style: In May, she made the cover of TIME magazine and her production company Hello Sunshine was hailed as one of the 100 Most Influential Companies.
Above: The Legally Blonde star exclaimed that she was “recognized by TIME as a business leader”