Ok, because I'm a masochist I'm going to try to reply again and hope it doesn't get eaten.
One pet peeve does not make a J though. All P's have pet peeves. I certainly do, and I'm a strong P. Lots of pet peeves would indicate a J though. Could someone spell out a list of traits that clearly show she is a J? So far what I have seen is traits that are neither P or J, and sometimes things that even indicate a P preference.It really bothers me when people don't use coasters. Particularly on my table.
Here are some reasons why I see her as an ENFP rather than EFJ. (Note that no one of these things says, "She must be a P", but these are traits that are associated more with P's than with J's.)
-She is extremely perceptive. This is evidenced because she won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash.
-She is not hesitant to assert herself to authority figures.
-She gives her children quite a bit of independence, and has a "hands off" approach to child rearing.
-She started her own production company. P's are more prone to risk taking behavior such as starting a new business compared to J's.
-She describes herself as not at all like Tracy Flick from "Election" who is a clear J.
-She swears during interviews.
-She has good reactions and chemistry in response to other actors which is easier for a P than for a J.
Also when it comes to interviews I do not see her as strongly favoring P or J. She is poised without being anal retentive. Although when I think of the people I know who would come off as charming and poised during an interview without being overtly particular about things, they are all ENFP's. Her interview behavior is by no means outside of ENFP behavior range.
If you want footage of her looking like P, then here is some.
YouTube - reese witherspoon at MTVMovie
Pleasantville - ENTP, she doesn't like the perfect 50's town so she does some things to shake the town up and get them to change.I haven't seen enough of her movies to get a good idea of her range outside the SJ spectrum. As Blackwater asks, has she ever played any N characters? In Cruel Intentions I believe her character is supposed to be an INFJ* but IMO she comes off as an ISFJ.
* The movie is based on the novel Dangerous Liaisons in which her character is an INFJ.
Legally Blonde - an ENFP caricature. She's a flighty genious. She likes to party with the sorority girls, but also has 4.0 GPA, passes the bar exam without much trouble, and comes up with a unique way to win her court case in the end.
Sweet Home Alabama - ENFP, A successful fashion designer has trouble deciding which man she wants to be with.
Election - ESTJ, Overachiever Tracy Flick works hard by the "tried and true" methods in order to get elected class president.
She can portray both N and S characters, which means she is an N. S's do not portray a wide range of personality types. They focus on more concrete and specific elements, rather than more general and abstract elements like personality type.
"Norma Rae" and "Forest Gump" are both good ones. If you are a movie buff like me then both are considered "must see".Thanks for the tip. I don't recall having seen any of her movies though, so I'm holding out for someone more (currently) famous.
Well you can't type a character on one quote, but you can't disregard it either. Really what a person says about themself is going to be the best information you can get about them though. No one knows a person as well as they know themself.I've researched a lot of actors by now and it's a common claim that they're not at all like their characters. I don't take their word for it, instead I go by my own impression and I do in fact think RW has the 'annoyingly perfect' thing going on. Just watch the longer interview I link to in the OP.
Regarding ENFJ/ESFJ, I'd really like people's comments on the following:Both ENFJ and ESFJ are going to get in touch with and respond to their interviewers, because both are Fe dominant. A situation where you might see a difference is when the interviewer has a significantly different background than the ESFJ/ENFJ. The ESFJ would still try to connect, but would have difficulty and become frustrated. The ENFJ, being more open, would have an easier time connecting with someone quite different from themselves. Both would make the attempt though since both are Fe dominant.When watching interviews with her, I don't actually see her 'see through' people the way I normally find that ENFJs do; she doesn't seem to be as naturally in touch with and playing to the responses of the interviewer as definite ENFJ Kate Winslet.
The reason Reese Witherspoon does not try to connect as much with interviewers is that she is Ne dominant. She can "see through" other people just fine, but she is often content to simply observe and not act. Ne is more passive so it can connect with people if the person wants, or it can remain passive, but an Ne dominant will not feel so compelled to connect with the other person. Fe, being a judging function, will make the EFJ want to connect with the other person to a greater extent than say an ENFP.