Reese Witherspoon: “I Don’t Think I’m Sweet” (VIDEO)
Reese Witherspoon wants to clear up some misconceptions about her supposed status as America’s Sweetheart. “I certainly didn’t self-identify as anyone’s sweetheart. I’m friendly, but I don’t think I’m sweet. I’m honest,” she tells Glamour in a new cover interview.
The actress does have quite the support system. “Well, I have to say a very healing part of my life is my wonderful husband, Jim [Toth],” she explains to the magazine. “It’s really wonderful being with somebody who supports me, who loves me, who is my number-one fan. That is such an incredible experience. You have to be ready for those things. I had to be in a place where I felt all those things about myself.”
Witherspoon also enjoys the friendship of close pals who have gotten her through tough times. She says, “I am so, so lucky to have girlfriends who, when I was on the floor crying, upset about things that happened in my life, came over, stood me up, put me in the shower, put my clothes on, took my kids to school, brought me dinner. You know? I love my girlfriends, and I protect those relationships fiercely.”
Speaking with Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the book behind Witherspoon’s upcoming Wild, the actress talks about her success as a parent, and how she learned from her own mom. “I’ll always remember these platitudes my mother said to me, like ‘Your job is your life insurance. Don’t ever let anybody take it away from you.’ This is so dumb, but the other day Ava said, ‘Well, Mom, you said that drinking water with lemon is good for my body.’ I burst into tears, going, ‘Oh my God, you listen to me!’ Parenting triumph.”
What does she teach her daughter? “To not be ashamed about any of her experiences,” says Witherspoon. “To live life fully, with curiosity and love, and to be brave.” The Oscar winner’s entire life revolves around making sure her three kids are in good shape. She explains, “I don’t think there’s been an hour of my life since Ava was born that I don’t think of my kids. I call it my CNN ticker tape: Is Ava OK? Yes. Is Deacon OK? Yes. Is Tennessee OK? Yes. Back to Ava.”
Witherspoon says that if she could go back and advise her 23-year-old new mom self, she’d tell her, “All those things that you’re worried about are not important. You’re going to be OK. Better than OK. You’re going to be great. Spend less time tearing yourself apart, worrying if you’re good enough. You are good enough. And you’re going to meet amazing people in your life who will help you and love you.” Witherspoon also spoke with Glamour about feminism in the video below. Check it out, and tell us what you think.