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A Look Back at Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern’s Beautiful Instagram Friendship


Photo courtesy @lauradern.

On HBO’s new hit mini series Big Little Lies, actors Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern play mortal mom enemies, Madeline Mackenzie and Renata Klein. But in real life, the two are longtime friends. They first met back in 2014 while filming Wild, the film adaptation of author Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir in which Dern plays Witherspoon’s mother. (Strayed is also a close friend now.) They recently told the New York Times that it was the press tour that really solidified their friendship, and they palled around Portland drinking wine, eating doughnuts, and shopping for books for their burgeoning book club. Their mothers have also become close, and even watched the Wild premiere together, holding hands. This weekend, while the rest of us are watching the Big Little Lies finale, Dern and Witherspoon are on a mother-daughter island retreat with their own children, and there’s been lots of wine and selfies. Here, their best BFF moments on Instagram.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern enjoy a beach sunset while on vacation during the weekend of the Big Little Lies finale.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern enjoy a beach sunset (and wine) while on vacation during the weekend of the Big Little Lies finale.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern take selfies and drink wine while on vacation during the weekend of the Big Little Lies finale.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern know how to have a good time while doing press tours for both Wild and Big Little Lies.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern celebrate Mother’s Day together. Their mothers watched the movie premiere of Wild while holding hands.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern know how to have a good time while doing press tours for both Wild and Big Little Lies.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern know how to have a good time while on set for both Wild and Big Little Lies.

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Actors Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern became close with Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of Wild. (And her dog, clearly.)

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Back in 2014, actors Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern became very close with Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of Wild.

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Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern while on the press tour for their 2014 film Wild, in which Dern plays Witherspoon’s mother.