Reese Witherspoon Says Career Suffered After Ryan Phillippe Divorce: My Brain Was Like “Scrambled Eggs” (VIDEO)
Reese Witherspoon says her career suffered in the wake of her divorce from Ryan Phillippe, which came right on the heels of her Oscar win for Walk the Line. On Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” the actress talked about the “tough year that followed” her professional peak in 2005.
“I got divorced the next year and I spent, you know, a few years just trying to feel better,” she told Charlie Rose. “You know, you can’t really be very creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs.”
Asked whether she felt like she “failed” in her personal life, Witherspoon responded, “Yeah, and then I was just kind of floundering career-wise, because I wasn’t making things I was passionate about. I was just kind of working, you know. And it was really clear that audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.”
Witherspoon also talked about a New Yorker article that “really hurt her feelings” when it casually named her as a has-been Hollywood star who was no longer magic at the box office. She said it hurt her self-esteem, and “made me feel like I contributed nothing. And that you’re only as good as your last movie. Which is a pretty crummy feeling for an actor. But it’s also a great motivator.” A few years later, she’s the producer behind Gone Girl and the star-producer of Wild, both of which have generated Oscar buzz. Check out the video of Reese Witherspoon on “60 Minutes” below, and tell us what you think. Note: Video no longer available.