Reese Witherspoon was candid about being taught about homosexuality after she auditioned in Los Angeles earlier in her career.
“That great experience of being able to look at a moment 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 told me that maybe they were true or not? How insensitive? ‘”The actress reflected in a conversation with Regina King for Variety.
She continued: “No one spoke to me about sexuality when I was a teenager. I did not understand what homosexuality was. My grandparents did not explain it; my parents didn’t explain it. “
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The “Big Little Lies” star was born in Louisiana and grew up in Tennessee.
“I had to learn [about homosexuality] from someone I met at an audition in Los Angeles, ”said the actress.
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Witherspoon, 44, currently stars in “Little Fires Everywhere,” which takes place in the 1990s.
On the show, the Witherspoon character has a lack of knowledge about homosexuality.
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“We incorporated part of the conversation I had with my grandmother afterward,” said Witherspoon. “She said, ‘Homosexuality is very rare, Reese. That’s not something that happens very often. ‘ And we put it in the script. “