Reese & Jen: Two Sweethearts, Two Nominations, Too Many Things in Common
1. THEY'RE BOTH BAITING OSCAR
A win for Best Dramatic Actress at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards would just fuel the Oscar fire for and , who are both enjoying buzz for their respective roles this red carpet season. Witherspoon is earning acclaim for her raw performance taking on the Pacific Crest Trail in Wild, while Aniston made her striking turn on the big screen playing a mourner suffering chronic pain in Cake.
2. REESE GUEST-STARRED ON FRIENDS
Friends? More like sisters. In 2000, Witherspoon headed to Central Perk to play Jill, the younger sibling of Aniston’s Rachel Green who tries to make it in New York.
3. THEY'RE BOTH BEST FRIENDS WITH CHELSEA HANDLER
4. THEY BOTH DUG MUSICIANS
Roses and candlelit dinners sure are nice, but you know what’s really romantic? A private serenade from a chart-topping musician, duh. Witherspoon, clearly a Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch groupie, was briefly linked to her 1996 Fear costar, , while Aniston dated on and off from 2008 to 2009.
5. THEY BOTH HAVE FAMOUS HAIR
Dig through any ’90s girl’s #TBT photos and chances are you’ll find at least one glamour shot featuring “The Rachel,” the flippy, layered hairdo popularized by her Friends character. Meanwhile, Witherspoon’s golden girl persona (and golden locks) led a movie franchise, Legally Blonde.
6. THEY ALWAYS TURN HEADS ON THE RED CARPET
It’s going to be a tough competition this year to top our best-dressed list (what else did you think we were talking about?). Witherspoon is already following up her Wild performance with equally uninhibited ensembles, while Aniston often breaks out of her LBD mold when walking the red carpet at A-list events.
7. BOTH HAVE PLAYED STRIPPERS
Aniston took off her clothes (but piled on the kale) in the 2013 comedy We’re the Millers. Witherspoon, meanwhile, stripped down to play bouncy Ivy in 1998 rom-com Overnight Delivery.
8. THEY BOTH TAKE TIME FOR CHARITY
While the actresses are being recognized for their efforts on-screen, we’re also tipping our hats to Witherspoon and Aniston for their inspiring and unstoppable charitable work, from Witherspoon’s collaboration with the Avon Foundation for Women to Aniston’s support for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.