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Reese Witherspoon Talks About the Romantic Comedy, "Just Like Heaven"

Reese Witherspoon on "Just Like Heaven" Co-Starring Mark Ruffalo

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Reese Witherspoon Talks About the Romantic Comedy,

Reese Witherspoon stars in "Just Like Heaven"

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Reese Witherspoon is part of a very select group of younger generation actresses who’ve stepped up to take over starring roles in romantic comedies now that Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, and Julia Roberts have – shall we say – matured and moved on.

The romantic comedy genre has been good to Witherspoon, who scored box office success with both “Legally Blonde” movies as well as “Sweet Home Alabama.” Witherspoon’s hoping to extend her winning streak with “Just Like Heaven,” a cute comedy co-starring Mark Ruffalo.

Ruffalo plays David, a lonely guy who sublets an apartment only to discover he has an unwanted roommate. Witherspoon stars as Elizabeth, a workaholic doctor who suddenly appears in David's new digs claiming he's invaded her space.

Convinced he’s sharing the place with a ghost, David tries to get Elizabeth to leave, to cross-over to the other side before she drives him absolutely crazy. As they argue over who actually belongs in the apartment, the two opposites find themselves becoming attracted to each other.

Reese Witherspoon on Her Attraction to “Just Like Heaven:” “…Obviously I read a lot of romantic comedy scripts. But for me, this one just had a really nice spiritual message about how important it is to nurture yourself. I think women are natural caretakers. They take care of everybody. They take care of their husbands and their kids and their dogs, and don’t spend a lot of time just getting back and taking time out. So I like that quality and I like that sort of ‘Wonderful Life’ quality where she gets to see her life for what it was.”

On Relating to Getting a Second Chance: “I think the second chance element was what really interested me about it and the idea of what happens when you don’t nurture your spirit. Could it leave you? Could it move on to something else? I thought that was a really interesting idea and I thought it was great to put those [elements in a movie]. 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."

On “Just Like Heaven” Veering Off the Typical Romantic Comedy Path: “I loved the beginning where we got to fight like cats and dogs. That to me was great. We had so much fun doing that. At least I did. I don’t know if [Mark Ruffalo] enjoyed it as much as I did. I love having that antagonistic relationship in the beginning and being equally as strong as each other and bull-headed. That kind of reminded me of a Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn type movie. The dialogue was fun."

Reese Witherspoon on Ghosts and Spirits: “...I feel like I read a lot of books at the start of this movie about ghosts and people being haunted. I was really close to my grandparents and one time I was in New York doing a play reading and it was an empty audience. It was in the middle of the play and I looked up and there was my grandfather sitting in the audience and he’d just passed. I looked back and he was gone, but I really felt like from then on he was with me. I’ve sensed him and I’ve sensed my grandmother, so I think it’s a sort of comforting thing to think that people are with you. They don’t really pass on. They just guide you through life. That’s my perspective anyway.”

Relating to Her Character’s Drive to Succeed: “I definitely could relate to Elizabeth’s work ethic. I think she spends a lot of time at the hospital and I certainly had moments in my life where it felt like I was working all the live long day and what on earth was I doing? But that’s why it’s important to take breaks and get some perspective. Sit on the rug with the dog and the kids and just not do anything, which is what I’ve been doing for the past three months and finally getting used to it a little bit. It took me three months to calm down.”

Reese Witherspoon on the Rules for Playing a Ghost: “Well we had a lot of rules in the movie: I’m not allowed to touch anything. You can’t even just like bump into people. It was funny when all the actors would come in and just – who were on the set everyday – they would do all their lines looking right at me. And then Mark Waters would come over and tap them on the shoulder and say, ‘You can’t see her.’ ‘I know, but she’s so loud!’ (Laughing) I said, ‘I know. You’re just going to have to ignore me.’ But yeah, we had like all these different little rules I had to follow.”

Page 2: Reese Witherspoon on Working with Mark Ruffalo, Balancing Career and Family, and Destiny

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