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Reese Witherspoon Revealed That She 'Didn't Understand What Homosexuality Was' Until She Moved to LA

Reese Witherspoon Revealed That She 'Didn't Understand What Homosexuality Was' Until She Moved to LA

Reese Witherspoon opened up in a candid conversation with Regina King about how she was educated on homosexuality only when she moved to Los Angeles.

During the chat for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” the 44-year-old actress and producer shared how when she moved to Hollywood she didn’t understand what being gay meant.

“That great experience of being able to look at a time that was actually 30 years ago and think: ‘I was a teenager then. What did my mom say about sexuality, race, class? What were the things that I was told that maybe were true or not true? How was I insensitive?’” Reese recalled.

She continued, “No one spoke to me about sexuality when I was a teenager. I didn’t understand what homosexuality was. My grandparents didn’t explain it. My parents didn’t explain it. I had to learn from somebody I met on an audition in Los Angeles.”

Reese went on, explaining that a conversation she had with her grandmother as a child inspired a scene in her Little Fires Everywhere series, as her character, Elena, struggles to accept that her daughter, Izzy, is gay.

“We incorporated some of the conversation I had with my grandmother afterward. She said: ‘Homosexuality is very rare, Reese. That’s not a thing that happens very often,’” she said. “And we put it in the script. (My character) Elena says it because that’s what was said to me in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1994.”

If you didn’t see, Regina also opened up about current issues in their chat. See what she shared here…

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