Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara: The gay interview

UTC_6-2-14_03309.CR2Legally Lesbian? Well, not exactly. To the delight of their queer-lady fans, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara may kiss up on each other, but it’s all just part of their Hot Pursuit. In the film — set in Texas and out in theaters Friday — Witherspoon portrays Officer Cooper, a by-the-books cop assigned to protect the ultra-fashionable widow of a drug dealer (Vergara) … at one point faking lesbian to escape a potentially sketchy situation.

This isn’t Witherspoon’s first on-screen smooch with another woman, of course. And even though the Oscar-winning actress couldn’t recall her pre-fame woman-on-woman debut during an interview with our own Chris Azzopardi (1996’s Freeway, when she and Brittany Murphy made out … how could we forget?). “I don’t think I’ve kissed another girl on screen,” Reese says, as we’re asked to move onto the next question. With our Summer Movie Issue currently in the racks, we thought it would be a good time to hear what else the budding BFFs had to say about lesbians, Legally Blonde and female liberation during this gay press exclusive.

Dallas Voice: Dealing with homosexuality in comedy can be delicate, and some people take offense to pseudo lesbianism. As actors, how do you know when not to go too far? Is there a “too far”?  Reese Witherspoon: I think gay people are able to play straight roles; straight people are able to play gay roles. The whole point of being an actor is to transform. If people don’t understand that we need to be malleable in our sexuality, then I think they need to lighten up.

Sofia, you’re on a gay-loved TV show. Reese, you famously taught us the “bend-and-snap.” Looking back, when were you both first aware that you had a gay and lesbian following?  Witherspoon: For me, probably Legally Blonde or Cruel Intentions.

Sofia Vergara: I’ve never really thought about it. I’ve always had a lot of gay friends as very close friends. I don’t know! My [Modern Family] character, Gloria … they like her!

Witherspoon: Her attitude. And the way she dresses!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The gay interview: ‘PitchPerfect’s’ Rebel Wilson and Jason Moore

Everyone’s talking about Rebel Wilson lately. A scene-stealer in last year’s Bridesmaids — she played Kristen Wiig’s trashy roommate and mistook her live-in’s diary for a “very sad, handwritten book” — the Australian actress became a breakout star in two other roles earlier this year: What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Bachelorette; her pilot for the ABC series Super Fun Night also just got the green light.

It’s now, though, that’s she’s becoming a household name as Fat Amy, the I-am-who-I-am collegiate mermaid dancer who gets all the boys and belts her butt off as part of an all-girl a cappella group in the his new film in Pitch Perfect.

Our Chris Azzopardi sat down with this Rebel (prawled on a couch all cozy-looking in a track jacket and hand bling that spells out her name, Wilson)  and out director Jason Moore, directing his first film. They chatted in her dry-wit way about stealing the role from Adele, why the gay community will find Fat Amy empowering and her tips for killing an a cappella audition (hint: Lady Gaga).

Moore Rebel

Pitch Perfect star and director on what’s so gay about the movie, outsiders and spotting lesbians

 Dallas Voice: This is a gay press interview, so all of these questions will be very gay.  Rebel Wilson: Oh, cool. It’s a pretty gay movie. You’ve got a lesbian character, and I think most of the Treblemakers, the boy band, are gay. What about that scene where there’s, like, nine dudes in a hot tub … naked? That’s totally gay.

The gay community can be fickle about gay characters. Did you worry about portraying the lesbian character a certain way so it wouldn’t come off as stereotypical?  Jason Moore: I don’t know what you’re talking about. [Laughs] In a way, we were looking at all stereotypes. So yes, she’s a lesbian and they mistake her for a man at the beginning — but also, she’s got this beautiful shock of hair, she is quite fun and feminine in the way she moves; she’s got an amazing voice and she’s not afraid to be herself in the world. Are lesbians going to take offense to that character? I don’t think so, but we’ll ask them.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones