Reese Witherspoon Reveals Real Name, Stuns Nicole Kidman

Reese Witherspoon shares a surprising detail about her identity.

by Nouman Rasool
Reese Witherspoon Reveals Real Name, Stuns Nicole Kidman
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The 48-year-old Hollywood actress recently confessed to Vanity Fair that "Reese Witherspoon" is an entirely fictional name during an interview. The confession came in a chat with close friend and co-star Nicole Kidman, 56, about working together on the hit series "Big Little Lies." The candid moment comes as their co-star, Laura Dern, is brought up.

Reese, the A-list actress who has been in demand since the early 1990s, leads the castmates in a biography reading with its running gag of Reese referring to Laura Dern as "Dern," which Reese thinks is funny and Nicole can't seem to get right.

"My other favorite thing is that I called Dern when we were shooting 'Big Little Lies, '" Reese explained. Nicole interrupted, but of course, she was already like her usual self and turned up her nose at the nickname. "But I hate that you call her Dern, though.

It sounds weird. I'm always like, 'Laura, and you're like, 'no, Dern, Dern, Dern.' "

Real Name Revelation

Reese then explained why she calls Laura Dern by such a weird name. "Do you know why? Because my name is Laura, and her name is Laura, and it's confusing to me," Reese explained.

At this moment, Nicole realized that Reese's full name was Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon. Reese continued, "So I get confused, and call her Dern because we can't both be Laura." No wonder that even some of her good friends were perplexed by the kind of decision Reese made to use her mother's last name as a professional moniker, Reese, in her career.

She adopted this stage name early in her career to distinguish herself and to avoid the commonality of the name Laura. This intriguing tidbit about Reese Witherspoon's real name adds a new dimension to the public's understanding of the beloved actress.

Known for her down-to-earth personality and stellar performances, this revelation highlights a personal aspect of her life that fans might find endearing. It's the interview in Vanity Fair in which she goes into great detail about her name and her experiences on Big Little Lies that gives an exciting peek into some of the personal quirks and professional choices of one of Hollywood's brightest lights.

These are not only news items humanizing the lifestyle of the actress but also giving more insight into her way through the industry of entertainment.

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