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Web Desk
June 16, 2021

Reese Witherspoon says she underwent hypnosis over her ‘Wild’ role

Web Desk
Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Reese Witherspoon much like the character she was playing, had little hiking experience 

Hollywood's leading lady Reese Witherspoon is detailing how she underwent hypnosis for her panic attacks which she suffered for weeks before the filming of Wild.

While in conversation with Tracee Ellis Ross for Interview, the Legally Blonde star opened up about the 2014-released film based on Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir.

The Friends actor, much like the character she was playing, had little hiking experience and had to set off on a grueling journey for self-discovery of her character in the film.

Opening up about the role, the actor said: "I had hypnosis, I was so scared. I was having panic attacks for three weeks before I started."

Witherspoon went on to reveal that during the filming process, she would be alone in the camera with no other actors which aggravated her panic attacks.

"I hadn't ever been alone in scenes for days and days. There were probably 25 days of the shoot where I had no other actor opposite me. It was just me and a camera and a backpack. I was like, 'Is this going to be so boring?'" she said.

To authentically portray her character, Witherspoon carried her own 75-pound backpack and went barefaced for the filming. "I don't know if I'll ever work that hard again, but it changed me on a cellular level," she said of the film that earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2015.