Reese Witherspoon Offers Up A Beautiful Response On Why Creating Art Matters

"I think it is a way to change and shift ideas in culture."

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has been having a moment for what feels like her entire career, but right now we really can't get enough of her. Between her efforts to create more roles for women through both her production company, Pacific Standard, and her new multimedia company, Hello Sunshine; her performance on her Emmy-nominated HBO series Big Little Lies; and the way she uses her platform to praise other women who helped her become who she is today, what's not to love? 

Witherspoon is currently doing press for her new film Home Again, a charming comedy about what it's like when a 40-year-old mom's life unexpectedly changes and she allows three younger men to move in with her. During her press tour, Witherspoon stopped by Vanity Fair to participate in a video where she responds to questions New Yorkers had for her. 

The Vanity Fair team asked strangers on the streets of NYC to record what they wanted to know about the star. Some had entertaining questions, such as what it was like to kiss Chris Pine, whether she carries hot sauce in her bag, and whether the infamous "bend and snap" move from Legally Blonde still works. 



But others wanted to pick her brain about topics that matter most to her. One man asked Witherspoon about why she creates art. "What is it about art that you love and why are you an ambassador of the arts?" he asked. 

"I create art because I think it is a way to change and shift ideas in culture," Witherspoon said. "I think when we see things in movies that we've never seen before, it changes the way that we see other people and I think that encourages compassion and kindness and humanity which is very important right now." 

Her beautiful response to this question serves as a reminder of the powerful effects of the films, TV shows, music, illustrations, and writing we consume and create can have. When people go into something with the expectation of being entertained, they may be more open to new ideas or perspectives that are very different from their own. Art can help to change people's minds or teach them something new. And, perhaps most importantly, it can help to bring people together. Given the current political climate, we could all use a little more of that. 

Another New Yorker asked Witherspoon to share what she's truly passionate about that has nothing to do with work or family. 

"I'm very passionate about women's issues, women's health care," Witherspoon said. "I'm also really passionate about creating more female storytellers in this world. Whether you're a director or photographer, I just want to see more women telling their stories."

Ditto.

You can check out more of Witherspoon's responses to strangers' questions in the video below: 

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