Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern pay tribute to Big Little Lies director

Big Little Lies’ Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern have said their hearts are ‘broken’ following the death of Emmy-winning director and producer Jean-Marc Vallée.

Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross confirmed on December 27 that the star had died aged 58.

Reese and Laura worked with the director in 2017 for the first season of Big Little Lies, which won him a Directors Guild of America (DGA) award.

Paying her respects on Twitter, Reese wrote: ‘My heart is broken. My friend. I love you.’

The 45-year-old actress also shared an image of the pair to her Instagram story with the same caption and a broken heart emoji.

On Instagram, Laura, 54, shared an image of the pair laughing, captioning it: ‘Beautiful Jean-Marc Vallee.

My heart is broken. My friend. I love you.

‘The world has lost one of our great and purest artists and dreamers. And we lost our beloved friend. Our hearts are broken.’

Vallee was acclaimed for his naturalistic approach to filmmaking, directing stars including Nicole Kidman, Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal over the past decade.

Paying tribute to the filmmaker on Twitter, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig said: ‘My god, this is so unbelievably sad. What a huge loss. He was an incredibly talented filmmaker.’

Vallée directed Emily Blunt in 2009’s The Young Victoria and became a sought-after name in Hollywood after Dallas Buyers Club, featuring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, earned six Academy Award nominations, including best picture.

Matthew and Jared took home Oscars for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively, for their roles in the movie.

Vallée often shot with natural light and hand-held cameras and gave actors freedom to improvise the script and move around within a scene’s location.

His crew roamed up and down the Pacific Coast Trail to shoot Reese in 2014’s Wild.

Actor Josh Gad, who voiced Olaf in the Frozen franchise, said on Twitter: ‘Oh my God. This is so horrible. Absolutely loved his work.’

Vallée is understood to have died suddenly at his cabin outside Quebec City and his cause of death is currently unknown. 

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