In real life, Hollywood leading lady Reese Witherspoon is a down-to-earth country girl married to movie star Ryan Phillippe and mom to two adorable children. In the 2005 film Walk the Line, Reese earned Oscar® gold for her role as June Carter Cash.
Reese says it was no easy feat to transform herself into June...and she was scared! She says she was "gobsmacked" by the demanding role and begged to get out when she learned she'd need to sing and play the autoharp.
"I called my attorney, my agent, my manager," she says. "Can't they call LeAnn Rimes? She's good! There are plenty of people that do this for a living. I'm just an actress!'"
After voice and instrument lessons, panic gave way to gradual acceptance. "It's good to have that kind of challenge in your life," Reese says, "It's important to do things that scare you to death!"