Reese Witherspoon admits she 'didn't understand what homosexuality was' until LA audition

Reese Witherspoon tells of her childhood - and how she affected the script of her Hulu series "Little Fires Everywhere".
In an interview with actress Regina King for Variety's "Actors on Actors" series, Witherspoon stated that she was not educated on certain issues such as growing up homosexuality and how this got on the show.
In "Little Fires Everywhere" In the 90s, Witherspoon played as Elena Richardson, a Type A mother who runs a dense ship in her pristine Ohio suburban home. Witherspoon starred and Executive produced the show with Kerry Washington.
"This great experience of looking back 30 years ago and thinking, 'I was a teenager back then,'" said Witherspoon in the video released on Tuesday. "What did my mother say about sexuality, race, class? What was I told that maybe it was true or not? How was I insensitive?"
The actress then revealed that no one spoke to her about sexuality when she was a teenager.
"I didn't understand what homosexuality was," she added. "My grandparents didn't explain it. My parents didn't explain it. I had to learn from someone I met at an audition in Los Angeles."
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According to Witherspoon, this aspect of her upbringing inspired a line in "Little Fires Everywhere".
"We recorded some of the conversations I later had with my grandmother, in which she said," Homosexuality is very rare, Reese. It doesn't happen very often, "said Witherspoon." And we wrote it in the script. "
She added, "Elena says it because I was told it in Nashville, Tennessee in 1994.
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This article originally appeared in the U.S. TODAY: Reese Witherspoon says nobody spoke to her about teenage sexuality

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