Reese is featured on the cover of Women's Health magazine's 10th anniversary issue, and inside, she discusses how she's using her position as one of Hollywood's most successful actors-slash-producers to help other gals get better work.
While Reese herself is no stranger to cinematic sludge -- let's just pretend "This Means War" never happened, shall we? -- she's also brought to life a few of the more fun, interesting and quotable characters in modern cinema. Think Tracy Flick, June Carter Cash, Cheryl Strayed and, yes, even Elle Woods.
But where she's really got the power right now is with her production company, Pacific Standard Films, which is responsible for the adaptations of "Gone Girl" and "Wild," both of which earned their lead actresses Oscar nominations. And she's not stopping there. PSF is also bringing Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies" to the small screen and adapting Jessica Knoll's "Luckiest Girl Alive" -- both of which showcase complicated female characters, which is not just happenstance.
"I really feel like if I can help one other woman tell her story or help one other woman get a show on a network or make a movie about something that she’s passionate about, then I've done my job," Reese said. "It's hard to get to the place where I'm at, but it feels really good to be able to use the opportunities that I've had and the relationships that I have in order to create new opportunities for other creative women."
The projects she's been putting together under her production house are handpicked, she explained, because she wants to give her fellow ladies a chance to do more than be someone's damsel in distress on-screen.
"We have a lot of different projects — women who are astronauts, women who are working on Wall Street. We are just trying to diversify the idea of how you see women on screen and portraying real women, all ethnicities, all ages. It’s a really exciting time."