Reese Witherspoon Finds Creative Compass With ‘The Good Lie’

Opening October 3, The Good Lie centers on four Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, Emmanuel Jal) who are trying to adapt to life in America. Aiding them in the process is a tough talking, no nonsense employment agency counselor (Reese Witherspoon).

The picture is directed by Philippe Falardeau, a filmmaker who crafted the resonant 2011 drama Monsieur Lazhar. Starring in The Good Lie proved to be a blessing for Witherspoon, who admitted at a recent press conference that the film came at the right time in her career:

“For a few years, I was a little bit lost as an artist – not being able to find what I wanted to do. Making choices that I ultimately wasn’t very happy with. What kind of started this whole string of things that I was doing personally was just getting back to wanting to play interesting, dynamic female characters and when I read Margaret Nagle’s script (for The Good Lie) I was just so moved.”

(L-r) EMMANUEL JAL as Paul, GER DUANY as Jeremiah, ARNOLD OCENG as Mamere and REESE WITHERSPOON as Carrie in the drama “The Good Lie,” a presentation of Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Bob Mahoney
(L-r) EMMANUEL JAL as Paul, GER DUANY as Jeremiah, ARNOLD OCENG as Mamere and REESE WITHERSPOON as Carrie in the drama “The Good Lie,” a presentation of Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Bob Mahoney

To hear Reese Witherspoon elaborate on her answer and talk about The Good Lie, please click on the audio clip below: