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Watch: Reese Witherspoon Says She 'Didn't Understand what Homosexuality was' Until Moving to LA

Friday June 26, 2020
Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon  (Source:Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Reese Witherspoon recently sat down with her "Legally Blonde 2" costar Regina King for Variety's Actors on Actors segment, where the two actors opened up about how their recent TV shows (Witherspoon's Hulu drama "Little Fires Everywhere" and King's HBO hit "Watchmen") impacted them.

During their conversion, Witherspoon called her time on the family drama miniseries "an incredible journey." The show tackles a number of issues, including race, motherhood, class and relationships. Witherspoon went on to say the show helped her reflect on how her parents and grandparents raised her.

"That great experience of being able to look at a time that was actually 30 years ago and think: 'I was a teenager then. What did my mom say about sexuality, race, class? What were the things that I was told that maybe were true or not true? How was I insensitive?'" she said. "No one spoke to me about sexuality when I was a teenager.

"I didn't understand what homosexuality was," Witherspoon added. "My grandparents didn't explain it; my parents didn't explain it. I had to learn from somebody I met on an audition in Los Angeles."

King responded by saying, "Oh wow."

"We incorporated some of the conversations I had with my grandmother afterward. She said: 'Homosexuality is very rare, Reese. That's not a thing that happens very often.' And we put it in the script," Witherspoon said of incorporating the real-life moment into the TV show.

The Daily Mail points out Witherspoon, 44, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1976 and was raised in Nashville, Tenn. before moving to Los Angeles early in her career.

Click here to read the interview or watch Witherspoon and King talk below.

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