Gorgeous film star Reese Witherspoon wants to challenge people's preconceptions of her as a purely comedic actress.

The stunning LEGALLY BLONDE star has made numerous light-hearted films, but believes her grounding in comedy means she is able to tackle the more heavyweight roles.

Reese says, "I had an interesting meeting the other day with a prominent director. He said, 'To be honest, I didn't see you as right for this part. I see you as a comedic actress.'

"So I told him that in my experience, I have found that the smartest people are comedians. To understand character and the subtle nuances of what make things funny, you have to be emotionally intelligent about people. You have to be highly perceptive and attuned to what makes people tick."

22/05/2003 21:15