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Reese Witherspoon Reveals Why She Chose to Do Comedy, Sexual Harassment by a Director

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By Zachary Holt

The Oscar-winning actress, Reese Witherspoon, has never been the type of person to 'exploit sexuality' in the roles she's taken in films over the years. Sure, she's a sight to see, but it was never her intention to be a 'GQ girl' or someone that used their looks to build a career in Hollywood.

Instead, Witherspoon took it upon herself to look to other people in the industry that build their foundation on intelligent comedy. Recently, in an interview for Vanity Fair's April issue, the actress opened up about why she chose comedy over using her body and seduction.

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Witherspoon Explains She's Not a 'GQ Girl' or Someone Who'd Appear in Maxim

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During the interview with Vanity Fair, the topic of sexuality was brought up. It was noted that the photos for the magazine shoot didn't have anything really provocative about them. Witherspoon responded that doing something like showing off a little extra skin just wasn't her thing.

"When I came up in the business, there were all these men’s magazines we were told to cater to," the actress explained during the interview. "I was never in 'Maxim.' I was never picked as a 'GQ' girl, and I’m okay with that because that’s not how I wanted to be viewed. That’s not how I see myself."

The Actress Revealed Why She Chose to Do Comedy Over More Seductive Roles

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As for why Witherspoon wanted to stick to comedies? According to the actress, no matter how much a person ages, the comedic foundation doesn't erode like the body, again, throwing shade at those individuals that use their bodies to build a career in acting or entertainment.

"I always say, ‘Funny doesn’t sag.’ I always just wanted to be funny, you know?" she said. "And you can’t be rendered obsolete if you just keep being funny. Guess what gets rendered obsolete? Your boobs go south, your face goes south, your ass goes south, but you can always be funny."

Witherspoon Shares That She Was Sexually Assault as a Child Actor

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While most of the interview was light-hearted and produced quite a few laughs, at one point, things became much more somber. Witherspoon eventually opened up about being sexually assaulted and harassed as a child actor. It's only because of the #MeToo movement and support that she's been able to talk about some of those dark times at the beginning of her career.

"Bad things happened to me. I was assaulted, harassed. It wasn’t isolated," she said. In 2017, Witherspoon revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a director at the age of 16.

'There Wasn't a Public Reckoning 25 Years Ago When This Stuff Happened'

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"You tell your story in your own time when you’re ready," Witherspoon explained. "There wasn’t a public reckoning 25 years ago when this stuff happened to me. There wasn’t a forum to speak about it either. Social media has created a new way for people to express themselves that I didn’t have. That’s the great strength in power and numbers."

"I think we have a lot of judgment and that’s unfortunate because we’re all tender-footed in these new times. We’re trying to find our identity," she continued. "That’s what I really like about ‘The Morning Show.'" In the Apple TV+ series, her character deals with sexual misconduct and harassment on a regular basis.

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