By: Chris Azzopardi / photos byWarner Brothers
Legally… lesbian? Well, not exactly.
To the delight of their queer-lady fans,
Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara may kiss
up on each other, but it’s all just part of their
newly released film Hot Pursuit. In the film,
Witherspoon portrays Officer Cooper, a bythe-books cop assigned to protect the ultrafashionable
widow of a drug dealer (Vergara of
Modern Family)—at one point faking lesbian to
escape a potentially sketchy situation.
This isn’t Witherspoon’s first on-screen
kiss with another woman, of course. And even
though the Oscar-winning actress couldn’t
recall her pre-fame woman-on-woman debut
during our interview—1996’s Freeway, when
she and Brittany Murphy made out—how
could we forget?
“I don’t think I’ve kissed another girl on
screen,” Reese says, as we’re asked to move
onto the next question.
Here’s what else the budding BFFs had
to say about lesbians, Legally Blonde and female
Dealing with homosexuality in comedy can be delicate and some people take offense to pseudo lesbianism. As actors, how do you know when not to go too far? Is there a “too far”?
Reese: I think gay people are able to play straight roles; straight people are able to play gay roles. The whole point of being an actor
is to transform. If people don’t understand
that we need to be malleable in our sexuality,
then I think they need to lighten up.
Sofia, you’re on a gay-loved TV show.
Reese, you famously taught us the“bend-and-snap.” Looking back, when
were you both first aware that you
had a gay and lesbian following?
Reese: For me, probably Legally Blonde or Cruel Intentions.
Sofia: I’ve never really thought about it. I’ve
always had a lot of gay friends as very close
friends. I don’t know! My (Modern Family) character, Gloria—they like her!
Reese: Her attitude. And the way she dresses —yeah!
Reese, what did the bend-and-snap do
for your gay cred?
Reese: Um, well, hopefully legitimized my
dance moves! I have a strong dance game.
Sofia: She does, she does!
Reese: And now I’m working on a Latino audience
with my dance game.
Sofia: Oh, the Latino audience adores her!
Reese: (Laughs) Sofia’s taught me how to
Sofia: You didn’t need me to teach you anything—
you knew already.
Reese: I had a beat in my heart.
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