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Witherspoon: I try to represent reality

Reese Witherspoon is on a constant quest to find “great female parts”.

The Oscar winning actress has made a move into producing movies in recent years, having been behind hits including Gone Girl and Wild. But the 39-year-old is quick to point out that while the central characters are women, the films aren’t only for the fairer sex.

“The films we make aren’t for women, they’re not chick flicks,” she said during a panel discussion at the Produced By conference in Los Angeles. “Women make up 50 percent of the population, so we should make up 50 percent of the [roles and stories] in movies. It’s not a crazy thought, it’s just a representation of reality."

Reese knew from experience that the right roles for women were hard to come by. When her husband Jim Toth, who is an agent, suggested she start buying books herself and making movies out of them she decided to go for it.

“I was just reading scripts, and the scripts were sort of diminishing. I just started to notice they were making less movies for women, and that meant less parts for women,” she said. “We [she and her producer partner Bruna Papandrea] are looking for great female parts. If she’s the girlfriend or the wife, probably don’t send it to us.”

Reese also revealed how she thinks opportunities for women can be improved in Hollywood. For her, it’s all about getting in there at the earliest opportunity.

“I feel like it starts very, very young. Women aren’t getting those critical internships when they’re 18, 19, 20," she said. “The best way to learn how to make a movie or a television show is to be standing on set.”

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