Laura Dern Gave Reese Witherspoon the Birthday Present of Her Dreams

It involves shoulder pads — sort of.

Reese Witherspoon's birthday was back on March 22. And while creative quarantiners have opted to forego their festivities and host drive-by celebrations and virtual parties, the actor got exactly what she wanted from her Big Little Lies co-star, Laura Dern. In an Instagram Live session today, Witherspoon explained that all she wanted this year was to reenact a scene from the '80s soap opera Dynasty — and Dern was more than happy to deliver.

"It was the very beginning of quarantine and I only had one thing that I wanted," Witherspoon told viewers. "And you can tell them what it is."

"She wanted us to reenact, yes it's true, a scene from Dynasty," Dern finished.

Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon Instagram Live Dynasty
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Witherspoon went on to explain the casting, with herself as Linda Evans's Krystle Carrington and Dern as Alexis Carrington, originally played by Joan Collins. Dern seemed to have forgotten exactly who she portrayed, but Witherspoon was more than happy to remind her.

"The most fun thing was we just started watching clips of the two of them like crazy to figure out what we could reenact in our quarantine social distanced world," Dern added. "And our teenagers were our crew, they were amazing."

"Our teenagers filmed it, did the music, and edited it," Witherspoon said. "Maybe one day, we'll let people see it."

"Maybe one day," Dern agreed.

"We did our own hair and makeup!" Witherspoon exclaimed.

"It was so fun," they both said, telling each other that they constantly make each other laugh. Fans will no doubt need to see the footage, but for now, there are only two people with access to it.

In an interview with PureWow, Dern said that she and Witherspoon talk to each other just about every day and that acting out their favorite scenes is one of their favorite things to do. The only difference for Witherspoon's birthday, it seems, was the production value.

“One co-star that I have in my daily ritual is Reese,” Dern said. "We have been doing scenes from our favorite TV shows from when we were little, and we have our kids film it."

All we need to do is get the kids to share — it's the kind of quarantine content everyone can get behind.

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