Reese Witherspoon on Renee Zellweger's Critics: "Why Do They Have to Tear Women Down?"

Once again, Reese Witherspoon is standing up for women in an incredible way. This time, it was a passionate rant about the "judgment and assault" that everyone faces — particularly celebrities like Renee Zellweger. When asked about the criticism of the actress' "changing face," Witherspoon said, "It's horrible. It's cruel and rude and disrespectful, and I can go on and on and on. It bothers me immensely." Although she paused for a moment afterward in the The Hollywood Reporter 's annual actress roundtable, she quickly added her full stance on the issues at hand:

Witherspoon also revealed why she started her own production company, Pacific Standard. Although she initially wanted to play strong female roles herself — and it did lead her to portray Cheryl Stayed in Wild — it isn't just about her. Even though she didn't play Amy in Gone Girl, she was glad to see the character on the big screen with her in the producer's chair. And all in all, she just wants to see great role models for her daughter, Ava.

Among the many other topics at THR's roundtable was the recent celebrity nude photo hack. None of the participants — Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Felicity Jones, and Hilary Swank — were directly affected, but it incited a strong reaction from one actress. Arquette gave her two cents on Lawrence's situation, directly referencing the "victim-blaming" that happened.

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