Reese Witherspoon has won an Academy Award as best actress for her performance in the film Walk the Line (2005), and numerous other awards including a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award.
Her career takes off permanently in 2001. After that year we find her in several comedies with significant response from the public in the United States, making her “the new America’s Sweetheart,” as happened to Meg Ryan fifteen ago. It was offered the role of Elle Woods, a fashion passionate girl who decides to become a student of law in order to follow her ex-boyfriend to Harvard University, in the film Legally Blonde. The film was a commercial success and her performance was praised by critics and brings her a second Golden Globe nomination and an MTV Movie Award. In Sweet Home Alabama in 2002 she revisits ironically her origins.
Always in the same year she participated in two films in costume, The Importance of Being Ernest, based on Oscar Wilde (2002) and Vanity Fair, adapted from Thackeray’s novel, where she starred in the title role of Rebecca “Becky” Sharp. The actress is pregnant during the filming of this movie and believes that pregnancy helped her interpretation of the character.
Reese Whiterspoon won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2006 for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk the Line by James Mangold and opposite Joaquin Phoenix, for which she also received the Golden Globe for best actress in a movie comedy or musical. When she learned that she would have to sing live in front of an audience, she was so scared that asked to terminate the contract. Later, she had to study singing for six months to prepare for the role.