'Hot Pursuit' star Reese Witherspoon: 'It's an easier kind of communication working with just women'

Witherspoon stars in and is a producer for the movie 'Hot Pursuit,' which co-stars Sofia Vergara. 'It's not just that it's better, you know?' Vergara said of working with women. 'It's just that it's comfortable.'

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    'Hot Pursuit' stars Sofia Vergara (l.) and Reese Witherspoon (r.).
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Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon teams up with "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara in "Hot Pursuit," a female-driven comedy directed, produced, and led by a strong presence of women on set.

Academy Award winner Witherspoon, also one of the film's producers, plays an uptight police officer who has to protect the more outgoing widow of a drug boss, played by Colombian-born Vergara.

"It's not just that it's better, you know? It's just that it's comfortable," Vergara said at the film's premiere when asked about having more women involved in a production.

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"We all were taking care of each other, like, 'Oh, you need to sit straight because your dress is not looking good.' You know, [with] things like that that [as] girls, we're always, like, watching [out] for each other."

Witherspoon has been vocal about the empowerment of women in Hollywood. She has been quoted as saying she began her production company after she saw "six of my favorite actresses fighting over a really [bad] role."

"It's an easier kind of communication working with just women," Witherspoon said at the premiere. "We have just a kind of a shorthand. We think the same things are funny. It's also [that] we just enjoy the process, it's fun."

Witherspoon was recently nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her movie “Wild,” in which she portrayed real-life author Cheryl Strayed. She won a Best Actress Oscar for her work in the film “Walk the Line,” in which she played singer June Carter Cash.

Vergara is currently starring in the sixth season of the ABC hit sitcom “Modern Family,” which co-stars such actors as Ed O’Neill, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen, and Ty Burrell. Vergara has been nominated multiple times for Emmy Awards and Golden Globes for her work on the show.

"Hot Pursuit" is scheduled for U.S. release on May 8.


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