Founder, Draper James, Pacific Standard; Actor. Los Angeles
If you think that leading up to meeting Reese Witherspoon, your inner monologue would be anything other than, "Don't quote Legally Blonde. Don't quote Legally Blonde. Don't quote Legally Blonde," you're frankly, well, lying. We know—we've been there. Literally. No secondhand embarrassment necessary, though—we somehow managed to avoid that faux pas when we found ourselves at Witherspoon's pal's place. Phew.
As it turns out, we actually couldn't have chosen a more fitting morning to drop in (along with the team from O Magazine), as she was busy buzzing around getting ready for an incoming crew of her nearest and dearest due immediately after our shoot. Prep was in full swing, and we got to see Witherspoon at work (which gave us a little insight into why her first foray into a lifestyle brand was very much overdue). With plates of Southern staples like fried chicken, warm, butter-y biscuits, and Mint Juleps being marched out of the kitchen and a gorgeous blue and white spread dotted with Draper James Southern-isms ("Spruce the Goose", anyone?) front and center in the backyard, it became crystal clear that all of this was hardly Witherspoon's first rodeo (sorry, had to).
So while Witherspoon prepared for her guests, we got busy with the racks on racks of her spring-y Draper James edit (just in time for the brand's one-year anniversary, because we have a knack for timing like that). As you might guess, we had ample space to do our thing (girl knows how to throw down a serious tablescape). And after seeing it all in action, we mean it when we say Witherspoon's first jump into the entrepreneurial-slash-lifestyle space couldn't have come at a better time. Just add it to her never-not-growing resume, which ranges from her gender equity-minded production company, Pacific Standard, plus that whole, uh, acting thing. What, like it's hard or something? (Again: had to).
For more, including Reese's family recipes (!), pick up the May issue of O Magazine, on newsstands nationwide April 12.