Reese Witherspoon Slates Actors Who Won’t Play Gay Characters

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Reese Witherspoon thinks actors who refuse to play gay roles need to “lighten up”.

During an interview with PrideSource, the actress – who is currently promoting in Hot Pursuit – insists it is the job of actors to “transform” and be “malleable” and become many different characters.

I think gay people are able to play straight roles; straight people are able to play gay roles. The whole point of being an actor is to transform. If people don’t understand that we need to be malleable in our sexuality, then I think they need to lighten up.”

In her new movie she shares an intimate embrace and even a kiss with Sofia Vergara.

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She added:

I have a ton of lesbian friends, and I think any kind of women who relates to us or enjoys the movie – that’s awesome! The whole movie is: It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what your sexual orientation is, what you do for a living, what your ethnicity is – women are women, and we all have a lot in common. It’s liberating because it’s not all about our characters’ romantic lives or that we’re chasing men – it’s that we’re running for our lives and we have to figure out a way to get along so that we survive.”

Witherspoon shared a girl-on-girl smooch with Brittany Murphy in 1996’s Freeway.

Head here to check out the full PrideSource interview with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.


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