Reese Witherspoon Talks Hollywood’s ‘Smurfette Syndrome’ and the Isolation of Being a Woman in Film – Vulture


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Reese Witherspoon is set to star in HBO’s Big Little Lies, and while the project is packed with top-tier women, Witherspoon remembers a time when being a woman in the entertainment industry meant incredibly isolating on-set experiences. Appearing at the TCAs, Witherspoon got candid about Hollywood’s so-called “Smurfette Syndrome,” wherein she was frequently the sole woman in the room. “For 25 years, I’ve been the only woman on set, so I had no other women to talk to … They call it ‘Smurfette Syndrome.’ Because she’s got a hundred Smurfs around her and…



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