In 1995, Cheryl Strayed hiked 1,000 miles up the Pacific Crest Trail in a purifying, last-gasp effort to become the woman her late mother died thinking she could be. Her self-destructive grief following her mother’s death from cancer had cost her her marriage, and it wasn’t until she was alone out in the wild for 94 days that she rediscovered herself.
But it took years for her to truly understand the meaning of that trek, says Strayed, who didn’t publish her best-seller, Wild, until 2012. “I turned to the trail at a time in my life when I felt lost, at a place that I didn’t know how to come to terms with the death of my mother,” Strayed says in an exclusive featurette about the film, which opened Dec. 3 and expands on Friday. “It became about what it means to bear the unbearable.”
Check the exclusive EW video.
Reese Witherspoon stars as Strayed in the film, and the actress was recently honored with a Golden Globe nomination, her fourth career Globe nod and first since Walk the Line, the movie that won her her Oscar.
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
The gallery was updated with over 600 HQ images of Reese during the Inherent Vice LA Premiere that took place two days ago. Enjoy them!
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Dec 10: “Inherent Vice” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Dec 10: “Inherent Vice” Los Angeles Premiere – After Party
Reese got nominated for Wild for the 2015 SAG and the 2015 Golden Globes.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
JENNIFER ANISTON / Claire Bennett – “CAKE” (Cinelou Films)
FELICITY JONES / Jane Hawking – “THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING” (Focus Features)
JULIANNE MOORE / Alice Howland-Jones – “STILL ALICE” (Sony Pictures Classics)
ROSAMUND PIKE / Amy Dunne – “GONE GIRL” (20th Century Fox)
REESE WITHERSPOON / Cheryl Strayed – “WILD” (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best actress, drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
The gallery was updated with few images of Reese from the last night Portland premiere of Wild.
Public Appearances > Events from 2014 > Dec 08: “Wild” Portland Film Premiere