Reese Witherspoon got candid about being taught about homosexuality after she had an audition in Los Angeles early in her career.
“That great experience of being able to look at a time that was actually 30 years ago and think: ‘I was a teenager then. What did my mom say about sexuality, race, class? What were the things that I was told that maybe were true or not true? How was I insensitive?’” the actress reflected in a conversation with Regina King for Variety.
She continued: “No one spoke to me about sexuality when I was a teenager. I didn’t understand what homosexuality was. My grandparents didn’t explain it; my parents didn’t explain it.”
The “Big Little Lies” star was born in Louisiana and grew up in Tennesse.
“I had to learn [about homosexuality] from somebody I met on an audition in Los Angeles,” the actress said.
Currently, Witherspoon, 44, stars in “Little Fires Everywhere," which is set in the 90s.
In the show, Witherspoon’s character has a lack of knowledge about homosexuality.
“We incorporated some of the conversation I had with my grandmother afterward,” Witherspoon said. “She said: ‘Homosexuality is very rare, Reese. That’s not a thing that happens very often.’ And we put it in the script.”