Laura Dern 46, cast as ‘mum’ to 37 year old Reece Witherspoon

Laura Dern

Well, it’s Hollywood, innit? What’s particularly galling is that not only is Laura one of the few Hollywood actresses to eschew Botox and plastic surgery but she is also a long time advocate of ageing naturally.

In 2004

“In my mom’s generation, they didn’t even think about plastic surgery until they were 70 and now, every actress you meet has gotten Botox at 30. It’s just shocking to me.”

In 2011

“I don’t want to mess with my face…I remember my grandma saying: ‘Check that milk date. It’s turned. That could be botulism.’ No. My grandma would not approve. We’re filled with toxicity.”

But hold on a second…The film ‘Wild’ is based on the true story of Cheryl Strayed who on impulse, decided to hike over a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail after a series of personal traumas.

One of those life changing traumas was that her mother, portrayed by Laura in the film, had sadly passed away at only 45. This makes Laura ‘age appropriate‘ for the role.

Reece Witherspoon

But what about the mere 9 year age gap between Reece and Laura? The answer is that Cheryl completed her 1,100 mile solo hike two days shy of her 27th birthday. The real ‘news story’ here about the age difference, is not that Botox free and ‘naturally ageing’ Laura, is playing too old, but that Reece is playing 10 years younger.

Indignation on hold (for now).

Wild by Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed website