Reese Witherspoon hit Stephen Colbert’s couch Wednesday night (March 7) to talk about a lot of things, but most importantly about how she totally sob-cried to Bruce Springsteen after seeing his Broadway show and the harsh way she learned not to break Oprah’s rules.
The Oscar-winner opened with the emotional tale of seeing Springsteen on Broadway — the legendary singer’s residency in New York — which is part-concert part-historical spoken word, and was clearly an emotional roller coaster for the actress/producer. Witherspoon said her Wrinkle in Time costar Oprah called the show “transformational,” leading Witherspoon to point out the insane “level it has to be on” to get the high honors from the inspirational queen herself.
She went on to give the show an equally rave review, saying she was sobbing within minutes of Springsteen’s confessionals. The actress described trying to explain her deep emotional connection after the show to Springsteen and his wife, but admitted that she couldn’t articulate through her own sobbing, so she cut herself off saying “I’ll put it in a letter,” before making an abrupt exit.
Late Show host Colbert then casually mentioned that the previous night’s guest, Oprah — who he referred to as “Lady O.” — had done a bit of trash-talking about her new bestie Witherspoon in regards to the star’s on-set gum chewing, one of Lady O’s biggest pet peeves and well-known no-no’s.
“I didn’t know I’m not allowed to chew gum,” Witherspoon said, before Colbert explained, “Obama doesn’t even do it around Oprah.”
Of course, Colbert asked about the actress’ involvement in Time’s Up, the group fighting for gender equality in Hollywood,. Though Witherspoon made a point to say this was not the movie industry’s issue alone, she shared that the group had raised $20 million to date to support women in all fields.
“It’s important for people to know that this is industry-wide. It’s every industry,” she said.
Check out the interview below.