Reese at work in “amaz­ing” New Zealand

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - COVER STORY -

We’ve all been so touched about what a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence it’s been.

It seems only fit­ting given Reese Wither­spoon’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to cre­ate strong act­ing roles for women, that the fe­male di­rec­tor of her lat­est film, A Wrin­kle in Time, is mak­ing Hol­ly­wood his­tory of her own. Ava DuVer­nay (44), a Golden Globe nom­i­nee, be­comes the first black woman to di­rect a big bud­get live-ac­tion film with her work on A Wrin­kle in Time –a Dis­ney ad­ven­ture film, which will be re­leased next year. New Zealand is one of the lo­ca­tions for the film and Reese – along with Ava and co-stars Oprah Win­frey and Mindy Kal­ing – spent two weeks in Wanaka, the South­ern Alps and Hunter Val­ley Sta­tion near Lake Hawea in Fe­bru­ary shoot­ing scenes. For Reese – who did a horse trek through the alps, sam­pled local wine and vis­ited art gal­leries when she wasn’t film­ing – it was an emo­tional trip. She took to so­cial media to share her love for New Zealand, declar­ing it “the most beau­ti­ful coun­try in the world” and say­ing she was “touched” by the hos­pi­tal­ity of Ki­wis. Of all the coun­tries she has worked in dur­ing her 26 years of act­ing, New Zealand is her favourite, she says. “The food is won­der­ful, the land­scapes are gor­geous, but most im­por­tantly the peo­ple have been so kind and so friendly and opened up their homes, and we’ve all been so touched about what a beau­ti­ful ex­pe­ri­ence it’s been,” she told a local ra­dio sta­tion. The film’s cast and crew were treated to a powhiri when they ar­rived in New Zealand and Reese made the most of the South­ern Lakes scenery, post­ing many pictures to so­cial media. “The land is so gor­geous; you can’t cap­ture it in pictures. I keep telling peo­ple if you go to New Zealand don’t just bring your iPhone, you need a ma­jor cam­era be­cause it’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. That’s why my In­sta­gram is so full; I can’t stop tak­ing pictures.”

A Wrin­kle in Time. Reese vis­ited the South Is­land with co-stars Oprah Win­frey and Mindy Kal­ing to film

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