In this drama, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a woman who decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, as a way to heal herself, following her divorce, the death of her mother, and years of reckless, destructive behavior. Co-starring Gaby Hoffmann and Laura Dern.
The grief, the divorce; the sex scenes were the hardest thing for me to do, honestly so hard. I’ve never had to do anything like that in my entire life. I had to do all the parts of the movie, the parts that made me feel uncomfortable too, because it is about emotional honesty.