Reese Witherspoon praises Jacinda Ardern for 'changing the course of history'

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08:  Reese Witherspoon speaks onstage during MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
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Reese Witherspoon has praised Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for her "swift action" following the Christchurch terror attacks, dubbing her a "true leader".

"Thinking about @jacindaardern today," the Big Little Lies star wrote on Twitter.

"This is a leader that truly deserves our attention. Her compassion, her respect for multiculturalism, her clear leadership, her swift action to create new legislation in #NewZealand.

"Changing the course of history. This is TRUE LEADERSHIP."

Witherspoon shared her condolences earlier this month following the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques that left 50 dead and 50 more injured.

"My heart goes out to the people of New Zealand," she tweeted the next day.

"There are not enough prayers for such a senseless act of violence. Please know that I am here for you all while you grieve."

The Hollywood A-lister has often spoken about her fondess for Aotearoa, having spent time here in 2017 while filming the movie A Wrinkle In Time.

She spoke to The Edge radio station at the time, dubbing New Zealand  the "most beautiful country in the world".

"The food is wonderful, the landscapes are gorgeous, but most importantly, the people have been so kind and so friendly and opened up their homes," she told the breakfast show.

"We've all been so touched about what a beautiful experience it's been."

Some members of the Muslim community are now calling for Ardern to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for providing solace to many at a time of great grief.

Witherspoon is just one of several international celebrities to celebrate Ardern's response to the terror attack.