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Reese Witherspoon, James Brooks: What More Could You Ask For?
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Ariel Carpenter
August 2010
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Written by
Ariel Carpenter
August 2010
Emma apparently resembles many big stars at a young age. First, Kristen Wiig, now Reese Witherspoon. Reese stars in James Brooks‘ new project tentatively titled, “How Do You Know?” Emma was called in to audition for the role of Reese at 10 years old. OK. James Brooks? Really? Taxi, Mary Tyler Moore, Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News… Brooks wrote and/or produced all of those iconic titles to name a FEW. Woah. Growing up, my father took away our black and white TV to encourage me and my brother to read more books–only to liberate it a year later from the attic to watch the series finale of the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Thus, I have a special reverence for anyone who was a creative force behind that show in particular. My husband Jeff brought her to the audition which was on the Sony lot. Valet parking! In his usual Operation: ECD mode (Explosive Competition Disposal), he found out from another parent that they added this scene Emma would potentially be in after filming had already begun. She was in for a good 10 minutes. Believe it or not, this is far longer than the typical 31 seconds they usually spend with talent in the auditioning room. Then, Emma came meandering out with the casting director in tow. She pointed to Jeff and said, “That’s him!” The CD approached Jeff (in front of the other five or six hopefuls waiting for their shot at being a mini version of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars), and asked if we would be OK dyeing Emma’s hair more blonde. I believe his response was: ”We would dye her hair pink if you needed us to.” He said the look on the other girls’ faces was, well, deflated. Look, we’ve been through this enough at this point to know, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything. But, Emma informed Jeff she was able to make herself cry on demand. She thought that made her stand out. See previous post for how she manages this feat de la tait. So here we are again. Just waitin’–and wonderin’ whether the Hollywood muse will be watching over Emma. This time. Cue impending frustration. As a distraction, I am excited about the photo shoot Emma did last week for her “ZED” card for Coast to Coast, the print agency she signed with a few weeks back. We hired Robin Ganter to do the shoot. Robin is a former Elite model and basically knows what striking a pose is all about. She told me that once, at the height of her modeling career, she was dropped from a helicopter onto a glacier in Alaska to model a pair of sunglasses. Kewl. Here are a few pics from Emma’s photo shoot. And also a quote from one of the greatest “You’re Gonna Make it After All” female television personalities of all time: “Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail to practice being brave.” Oh, Mare. More at: http://stagemomma.wordpress.com

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