While both women were attending the January 2020 Golden Globes awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, actress Reese Witherspoon and music icon Beyoncé Knowles crossed paths. They shared an amusing moment that has blossomed into a friendship of sorts. And fans of both women have been kept informed of developments through Reese’s charming Instagram video reactions.
Early on in the evening, any sort of meeting between Beyoncé and Witherspoon would have seemed extremely unlikely. That’s because Queen B, as her fan army calls her, and her husband Jay-Z didn’t attend the red-carpet portion of the Golden Globes! This caused people to wonder if they’d decided not to attend the event at all.
However, the couple wound up making a fashionably late entrance. In fact, they arrived at the party in the middle of comedian Kate McKinnon’s introduction of Ellen DeGeneres, who was being given the Carol Burnett award. They were flanked by their bodyguard, who was carrying two bottles of what appeared to be Ace Of Spades champagne.
Witherspoon was also in attendance with Jennifer Aniston, her co-star from Apple TV+’s The Morning Show. Indeed, she’d experienced a heart-warming red-carpet reunion with Joaquin Phoenix, alongside whom she’d starred in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line. Witherspoon and Phoenix seemed happy to reconnect, and she even stopped by his table for a second chat later as the evening drew on.
Moreover, both Aniston and Witherspoon were active on social media the day after the Globes. And their Instagram posts on that Monday morning were what alerted fans to the funny encounter between Witherspoon and Beyoncé. Aniston wrote, “Reese!? This is one of the many reasons I love you,” about the incident in question.
But what brought both women to the Golden Globes in the first place? Well, both were nominated for prestigious awards on the night, of course! The Morning Show was up for Best Television Drama Series, and Witherspoon was also in the running for Best Actress in a Television Drama along with her co-star Aniston.
Beyoncé, who was making her first appearance at the Globes in a decade, was nominated for Best Original Song. “Spirit,” which was featured in Disney’s live-action remake of their animated classic The Lion King, lost out in the end to Elton John’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me again.” Witherspoon also failed to pick up an award, with Olivia Colman winning in their category for her performance in The Crown.
Witherspoon’s journey to her current status as one of the biggest stars of the prestige TV era is an interesting one. As previously mentioned, she’d starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix in 2005’s Walk The Line. In that biopic, she played June Carter Cash, country music star Johnny Cash’s wife – and won the Best Actress Academy Award for her efforts.
The acclaimed biopic was the pinnacle of her movie career at that point, although she’d already experienced other major successes on the big screen. These included her much-loved performance as Elle Woods in the Legally Blonde franchise, as well as supporting turns in critically acclaimed indie films such as Election and American Psycho.
After her Oscar win, Witherspoon began making some of her most high-profile projects to date. She first starred as the spouse of a suspected terrorist in the thriller Rendition and then followed that up with the festive-themed rom-com Four Christmases, which also featured Vince Vaughn. However, both films received mixed reviews.
In the couple of years following this, though, Witherspoon didn’t feature in any live-action movies at all. She did provide the voice of Susan Murphy/Ginormica in the hit Dreamworks animated movie Monsters vs. Aliens, but aside from that, she went missing from cinema screens. Witherspoon later revealed to Entertainment Weekly that she simply hadn’t warmed to the scripts she was sent at the time.
“I just didn’t read anything I liked,” she said. “There are a lot of really, really, really big movies about robots and things – and there’s not a part for a 34-year-old woman in a robot movie.” Witherspoon was, of course, referring to Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise with this quote, but her comments could be read as a critique of blockbuster film-making in general.
In a later 2014 interview with Charlie Rose of CBS News, Witherspoon referred to this period of her life as “tough.” She revealed how she went through a divorce the year after she won her Academy Award and then spent “a few years just trying to feel better.” Witherspoon also felt that she was “kind of floundering career-wise, ’cause I wasn’t making things I was passionate about.”
Witherspoon intimated that, during this time, she was working for the sake of it rather than because she was particularly moved or inspired by the material. She subsequently felt that “it was really clear that audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.” Indeed, the actress then saw that New Yorker magazine had included her on a list of actors whose box-office power had waned.
“I remember just being like, ‘OK.’ I, that just, I mean, it really hurt my feelings,” Witherspoon admitted. “Really hurt my feelings.” She also revealed that the notion of an actor only being “as good as your last movie” or only being seen as worthy if their films are successes at the box-office hurt her self-esteem. In fact, it made her “feel like I contributed nothing.”
Witherspoon responded by expanding her roles within the movie industry and also changing her approach to the films she chose to act in. In 2011, for example, she started a production company named Pacific Standard alongside veteran mogul Bruna Papandrea. And their focus would be films with nuanced, intriguing females in the leading parts.
Her on-screen performances from this period were extremely diverse and interesting, with the actress sometimes taking on challenging parts in lower-budget movies. She appeared in the small but pivotal part of Juniper in the Matthew McConaughey indie drama Mud, for instance. Next came a lead role in Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s dark exploration of the West Memphis Three murder case.
The year in which Witherspoon really returned to prominence was 2014. She co-produced David Fincher’s hit thriller Gone Girl through Pacific Standard and also took a small role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed Inherent Vice. In addition, Witherspoon both starred in and produced Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed acclaimed book. The film received stellar reviews and earned Witherspoon another Oscar nomination.
After this, Witherspoon moved into high-end television roles. She first produced and starred in HBO’s Big Little Lies alongside a who’s who of Hollywood leading ladies, including Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern. The first season was such a success that, despite it being commissioned as a miniseries, the show was brought back for a second season with the addition of Hollywood legend Meryl Streep.
Witherspoon then began starring alongside Aniston and Steve Carell in The Morning Show, which received an immediate two-season order from Apple TV+. This new streaming network features an ambitious slate of original shows, with Apple seeking to challenge the industry leader Netflix. Witherspoon will also have a lead role in the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere, which debuts in March 2020.
Over a similarly lengthy career to Witherspoon, Beyoncé has established herself as one of the most famous and successful musicians of all time. She has sold more than 100 million records across the globe and no female has received as many Grammy Award nominations. Moreover, Forbes has twice declared her to be the most important woman in showbiz.
After her group Destiny’s Child went their separate ways during 2006, Beyoncé forged a career as a solo artist. She eventually became the only musician since the Billboard 200 began to have six solo albums debut at the top of the chart. And her last solo longplayer, 2016’s Lemonade, was the highest-selling on the planet that year.
In 2008 she wed hip-hop icon Jay-Z, and they went on to become one of the industry’s most prominent power couples. Ten years after their wedding, as “The Carters” they released their first full album as collaborators, Everything Is Love. The couple now have three children: Blue Ivy and the twins Rumi and Sir.
While they’re still together today and seem stronger than ever, their relationship hasn’t been without its high-profile low points. Following repeated rumors of infidelity on Jay’s part, in a 2017 interview with The New York Times’ T magazine he publicly confessed to cheating on his wife. And in an appearance on David Letterman’s show the following year, the rapper spoke candidly about the matter.
“I want to have the emotional tools that it takes to keep my family together,” Jay told Letterman. “And much like you, I have a beautiful wife who’s understanding and knew I’m not the worst of what I’ve done.” He then explained that the couple went to therapy and “really put in the work” on their relationship.
Jay also claimed that he and Beyoncé are “in a better place today. But we’re still working and communicating and growing.” He added that he was “proud of the husband and father that I am today because of all the work that was done.”
Outside of music, Beyoncé has pursued an acting career as well. She’s taken starring roles in Austin Powers in Goldmember, Dreamgirls and Obsessed, for example. And in 2018 she provided the voice of Nala in the The Lion King live-action remake. She also recorded “Spirit” for its soundtrack, which won her the aforementioned Golden Globe nomination, and appeared on a cover of Elton John’s “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.”
One the night of the Golden Globes, the power couple took up position at their table with two bottles of Ace Of Spades champagne, which is made by Armand de Brignac. In 2014 Jay bought a stake in that firm for the hefty sum of $200 million. Interestingly, Jay and Beyoncé’s decision to bring their own champagne was slightly controversial, as champagne makers Moët & Chandon were one of the event’s commercial partners!
At some point in the evening, however, the water ran out at Witherspoon and Aniston’s table. Given that sitting through an awards ceremony can be thirsty work, Witherspoon took matters into her own hands and turned to Beyoncé and Jay, politely requesting a glass of their champagne. Aniston subsequently posted pictures of them drinking it to her Instagram account – and tagged Beyoncé in the process.
Aniston included a short message in her first post, which sent fans wild. “Reese?! This is one of the many reasons I love you,” she wrote. “We ran out of water at our table so naturally, she asked Jay and Beyoncé for a glass of their champagne.” It was accompanied by a selfie taken by Witherspoon, with a shocked Aniston holding the champagne glass up to camera.
The real fun was yet to begin, however. Less than a week after the Globes, Witherspoon returned to her L.A. residence and was greeted with a gift. A large black package, adorned with gold ribbon, was waiting for her. It was accompanied by a note that read, “More water from Jay and B.”
That’s right! The Carters had gifted Witherspoon an entire case of the Ace Of Spades champagne, which usually sells for several hundred dollars per bottle! Witherspoon subsequently posted her excited reaction to the lavish gift on her Instagram story. And she even roped in her mother Betty to taste-test the expensive champagne.
“I just got home from New York, and the most beautiful flowers are here and a case of Ace Of Spades champagne,” Witherspoon says in the resulting video. She then chuckles at the thought that “it’s 11:30 and we’re drinking champagne.” This prompts Betty to ask if it’s too early in the day for drinking alcohol.
Her daughter’s response of “Who cares? It’s from Jay-Z and Beyoncé” makes it clear they’re going to sample the champagne on camera no matter what time of day it is! Once the ladies have taken a drink, they both say it’s “delicious.” A visibly giddy Betty then throws in a joke that she wants Beyoncé and Jay to “put her in a commercial!”
What’s more, a mere six days after the champagne gift arrived, Witherspoon received a second intriguing delivery at her house. And in another Instagram video, she informs her followers, “You guys, somebody told me that a big package is arriving, and I don’t know what it is. Let’s go see.” She then walks out to her driveway to reveal a huge orange package.
Once again, mom Betty accompanies Witherspoon as she tries to ascertain just what’s contained within the box. She guesses that it might be art or balloons. When Betty’s asked for her two cents, she suggests a small car or a motorcycle! Witherspoon finishes with a more rational guess of movie posters.
Witherspoon then pulls back the orange curtain, revealing a portable wardrobe packed with a full capsule collection of Adidas clothes designed by Beyoncé. The “Adidas x Ivy Park collection” would subsequently be released to the public on January 18, 2020, but Witherspoon has been gifted it early. She later asked on Instagram, “Does this officially make me the newest member of the #Beyhive?”
Next, Witherspoon puts on a quick modeling show for her fans, trying on four of the outfits and dancing while Beyoncé’s hit song “Formation” plays. She certainly shows no hint of dislike for the collection, which has been widely criticized on social media. In fact, certain U.K. fans have said that the colors chosen are very similar to the clothes worn by workers at Sainsbury’s, a British supermarket chain!
Moreover, others besides Witherspoon would also be gifted with an Ivy Park gift box by Beyoncé. Hip-hop star Cardi B got one, as did Spider-Man: Homecoming and Euphoria actress Zendaya and model Hailey Bieber, who’s married to pop singer Justin Bieber. Clearly, Beyoncé and Adidas want some famous endorsements for their new collection.
The gifts caused a stir on social media, with members of the “Beyhive” wondering how they could put themselves in line for a gift package of their own. “Me emailing Beyoncé to see if she sent my Ivy Park box to the wrong address,” tweeted one fan. Another wrote wryly, “Brb thinking about how I could get Beyoncé to send me one of the Ivy Park PR packages.”