Actor Taylor John Smith‘s career has come full circle.
The Where the Crawdads Sing star has a surprising connection to the film’s executive producer, Reese Witherspoon. Back in 2016, the actor starred in the pilot of a Cruel Intentions sequel seriesplaying the end of Witherspoon’s character Annette Hargrove. While the pilot wasn’t picked up, years later Smith finally got the chance to work with his (almost) on-screen mom.
“It’s wild,” he exclusively told E! News’ Daily Pop. “The world is smaller and smaller and smaller. And, obviously, growing up watching her films, getting a chance to work with her is like a dream come true. So, I couldn’t be more happy. She’s exactly how you think she is. She’s amazing.”
Although Smith and co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones felt pressure bringing the beloved novel to the big screen, Jones said Daily Pop‘s Francesca Amiker that it was also “really fun to be a part of something that people already love so much,” with Witherspoon being one of those people.