And his leading lady echoes that observation. American men don't want to do comedy that makes them look silly or less masculine, ... But he has no fear. He throws himself into things. In fact, he threw himself out of a second-story window one day. He had the stunt me put down mats so everyone would laugh hysterically.
June Carter used to say, 'I'm just trying to matter'. And I know what she means. I'm just trying to matter and make work that means something.
Confidence is everything in this business.
Oh my goodness, I never thought I'd ever be here in my whole life. I'm just trying to matter and live a good life, and doing work that means something.
I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything.
I also believe in really strong women, and I think she's the ultimate strong female character. And I just really related to her as a mother and as a wife and also as an entertainer.
June Carter had a long heritage of just being the spokesperson for country music and the face of country music.
I talked to several of her children and they were so encouraging and supportive. I just hope I've done her memory justice.
I got a role in this movie called Freeway playing this really angry, aggressive, violent young woman who believed wholeheartedly in the truth. I had such satisfaction afterward, and I thought, That's what I want to do.
I think it's an interesting time. There's a lot of interesting women's roles, and there can be more, and there will be more. The success of each woman in this business creates more success for more women. I just try to do my best and try to create more opportunities for women.
So thank you so much for this honor.
I never thought I'd be here my whole life.
He enjoys that style of music and understands how culturally and historically relevant it is,
Sometimes I just really can't shake the feeling that I am really just a little girl from Tennessee.
Even today, after a bit of mild prodding, Witherspoon can accurately demonstrate Carter Cash's signature ways of keeping time to the music - foot-stomping hillbilly clogging moves or an exaggerated, stiff-armed style of clapping. She analyzed Carter Cash's penchant for accentuating her tiny waist by wearing tight corsets and big, puffy skirts. One thing Witherspoon learned from studying the tapes is when her appearance softened. Once she started performing with John, ... her hair came down, was longer, and she was wearing more flowing dresses. It was like he sparked the acknowledgment of her sexuality. She began using her femininity to express the songs.
We each own one car, and we have a reasonable house. It's a lovely place to be, but it's not extravagant.
I have to turn down roles I really want to do because I can't travel. But that's okay, because you make peace with things in your mind.
Well I had my kids so young that I kind of feel that I'm a kid too and am growing up with them. The things they're interested in tend to really influence me.
I take the kids to church and Sunday school. They love it. I really think it's important for a child to feel that there are things that are bigger than your life out there.
So then I said, 'I don't think I'm very good. I would really prefer if we just had somebody else do it or we used the original music.'
I love to cook comfort food. I'll make fish and vegetables or meat and vegetables and potatoes or rice. The ritual of it is fun for me, and the creativity of it.
They had authentic country roots. But I think they believe they were put on this earth to be together.
Creating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, 'I'm stupid, isn't it cute' makes me want to throw daggers. I want to say to them, 'My grandma did not fight for what she fought for just so you can start telling women it's fun to be stupid. Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter It's not OK'.
This film is really important to me. It's about where I grew up, it's about the music I grew up listening to, so it's very meaningful.
Oh, my goodness I never thought I'd be here in my whole life growing up in Tennessee.
I do like the fact that fans think I'm a sweet girl. They'll run up to me and want to talk, but not about me. It's about them. They want to tell me their life stories or what they had for dinner last night ...
You know, I'm just trying to matter and live a good life and make work that means something to somebody, and you have all made me feel that I have accomplished that tonight. So thank you so much for this honor.
It's fun to do a comedy and hook people in and then hoodwink them into watching a serious movie. I like to lead in with the comedy and then hit them over the head with a drama.
It really bothers me when people don't use coasters. Particularly on my table.
There seems to be no repercussions for the behavior. It's starting to feel chaotic and lawless.
To play June, I had an immediate connect with her background and culture. We grew up with the same religion and shared a lot of the same values of family and spirituality. But I was really so inspired by what a modern woman she was.
He put his heart and soul into this performance.
That said, my kids are at home right now with my husband and I'm missing something important at my daughter's school which makes me feel sick inside. It's a lot of balance and a lot of really hard decision making.
For our first date, I made Ryan Hamburger Helper, which is basically what I grew up on. I make my own version of it now, with macaroni and cheese and hamburger meat. And the kids - it's their favorite dinner.
It was sort of an unknown if we were going to be able to accomplish it. Up until the very last minute, it was hard to decipher whether or not we were going to be able to really pull it off.
Unlike Carter Cash, who was drafted into the family business at a young age, Ms. Witherspoon was a child model and actress by choice. Still, she knows how Carter Cash must have felt as a kid expected to comport herself like a pint-sized grown-up. That becomes a big, weird part of a person's personality, ... You have to be very adult, businesslike, professional and then have a colorful and childlike personality when you're performing. It's definitely a formative experience.
When he had a scene, we would stand like a set away and watch, and we were just cracking up. He would just sit funny. And stand funny. He was just so funny in everything he did.
The joy we get as actors is out of transforming ourselves into something that's not necessarily anything true to ourselves. And it's a power - not being yourself, and being in the role; it's just like another prop.
The thing is, we're not extravagant people. It's just unbelievable the amounts of money we make. But we don't spend it. It's too scary to spend it.
Oh, my God, y'all. Sometimes, I can't just shake the feeling that I'm just a little girl from Tennessee. I want to say my biggest inspiration for this movie obviously was June Carter. She was an incredible woman.
Well I always wanted to be Dolly Parton when I was a little girl. I was obsessed with her.
I'm just chatty. But I do express my opinion.
You don't realize this when you're giving birth but you instantly know it when you assess your life,
It's funny that it all becomes about clothes. It's bizarre. You work your butt off and then you win an award and it's all about your dress. You can't get away from it.
Being a Southern person and a blonde, it's not a good combination. Immediately, when people meet you, they think of you as not being smart.
My family has been thankfully fine, ... We live in Tennessee. But we have many extended family members, friends, that are dealing with some pretty difficult things. So, I've been in touch with a lot of different people like Save the Children and Children's Defense Fund, who are doing wonderful things to help out down there and providing refuge for a lot of people. All you can do is pray, you know
I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real.
I just think they have a unique love story, in that they were working side-by-side for 12 years and completely enamored of each other and couldn't be together. It was a really good story.
But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear.
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