gallery Women with Elephants
As Reese Witherspoon's Water for Elephants stampedes into theaters, see photos of other leading ladies—from Lady Gaga to Katy Perry, Madonna to Julia Roberts—getting cozy with their enormous gray friends.
Shooting the film
Water for Elephants
, a movie about life in the circus, Reese Witherspoon had to interact with many different animals. But it was an 8,800-pound elephant named Tai that ultimately stole her heart. “The day I had to say goodbye to her, I wept all day,” Witherspoon
. “You work with actors and directors, but to have this nonverbal complete relationship with an animal that we were all very connected to was very magical.”
Katy Perry is no stranger to elephants. She worked with elephants in her 2009
for “Waking Up in Vegas.” Even her
to comedian Russell Brand featured a parade of camels and elephants. But her most memorable use of an elephant came in 2010, when she entered Perez Hilton’s birthday party, riding an elephant while singing “
Movie star Julia Roberts took a break from filming
Eat Pray Love
in Indonesia's Bali so that she could take her children to
Taro’s Elephant Safari Park.
Actress Cheryl Hines was snapped
the Flying Elephant with her daughter at Disneyland in 2007.
Emily From The Bachelor
Before popping the question,
hunk Brad Womack took Emily Maynard on an
through the African jungle. But it was
not meant to be
—they broke up this week.
In 2010, R&B singer Brandy tweeted
of herself getting a tattoo. The image she chose was the Hindu deity Ganesh, who is in the form of an elephant, and who Brandy explained is the “remover of all obstacles.”
with a purple elephant Beanie Baby to support The Elephant Project’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Getty Images,Bradley Kanaris Bindi Irwin
Bindi Irwin has followed in her late father’s footsteps and become a passionate animal lover. By 2007, the 8 year old was the host of
Bindi the Jungle Girl
. She visited with elephants on the set of her show in Australia. Of her love for animals, she said, “I’ve always wanted to teach people about animal conservation… I want to follow in my father’s footsteps.
I loved him very, very much
Before the elephant Tai appeared with Reese in
Water for Elephants
posed with Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain
for the cover of her 2010 book
Dirty Sexy Politics
. “It was like riding a big horse,” McCain says. “And the elephant was really sweet.”