Legally 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!