The take charge star says Drew Barrymore is a role model any actress would be smart to follow

By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Updated November 12, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
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Credit: Reese Witherspoon: Sara de Boer/American Foto Features/Retna

Could we be more impressed by Reese Witherspoon? Not content to rest on her ”Legally Blonde” laurels, this most unditzy towhead is moving projects through her production company, the aptly named Type A Films, with an attention that assures us it’s not just about scoring a nameplate and a corner office (we comfort ourselves that these things are worth scoring, even if you are a movie star). The 25-year-old Witherspoon, who currently runs the company herself, is overseeing three projects intended as starring vehicles: an adaptation of Melissa Bank’s 1999 book ”The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing,” written by Marc Klein (”Serendipity”), an adaptation of the ’60s TV show ”Honey West”; about a private investigator; and a movie that centers on professional women’s tennis.

Witherspoon, who is currently filming the romantic comedy ”Sweet Home Alabama,” says she’s likely to do ”Girls’ Guide” or the tennis movie next. ”The tennis project is similar for me to the things that actresses deal with as professional women,” she says. ”Is it about vanity or talent? Is it about working hard or looking good?” For Witherspoon, who cites producer-actress Drew Barrymore as a role model, it’s clearly about working hard: Her company, which will eventually develop projects for other actresses, ”is all about young women. There’s a female attitude that isn’t necessarily represented in a lot of movies, that young women want to see.” Now that’s blond ambition.

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