Reese Witherspoon Says Daughter Prompted Production Company

    October 11, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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Reese Witherspoon sat down for an interview with Elle Magazine recently–and is also a covergirl for the most recent issue–and talked about how becoming a mom changed her for the better.

The Oscar-winning actress said she felt “confused” before her children–14-year old Ava, 9-year old Deacon, and 12-month old Tennesee–came along.

“Somebody was saying to me the other day, ‘Oh, people get less interesting when they have kids.’ I just don’t think that’s true,” she said. “I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way. Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids — probably really competitive, to be honest. It really made me let go of that.”

Witherspoon founded her own production company, Type A Films, in 2000 and says it wasn’t just her love of film that led to the idea.

“I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn’t seeing women as the stars of movies,” she recalls. “I’m seeing them as the guys’ girlfriends, or so-and-so’s wife. I just thought: God, if I don’t start buckling down and start producing some movies, what’s my daughter going to see in the movies?”

The actress got herself into some uncharacteristic trouble earlier this year when she was arrested after insulting some Atlanta police officers who had pulled her husband, Jim Toth, over on suspicion of DUI. She was caught on tape pulling the “don’t you know who I am” routine, but later issued a public apology.

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  • Really?

    Women are not in leading roles? Really? Everything is about women nowadays. You can’t turn the channel without there being some politically correct show where a woman is always cast as the strong and tough person. You have women in roles that are completely ridiculous just because they are women. I will strongly argue that it is all about women in today’s world. We have become an estrogen based country.

    We have gone women crazy in this country. Women can do anything and everything. Just this past week I read an article about how women could play in the NFL. One of the women they listed weighed 109 pounds. She was a professional gymnast so the feminist writer said she could do it. Nevermind the fact that most NFL players can curl 109 pounds worth of weight with one arm and then throw the weight at least two feet.

    I don’t mind women doing whatever they want. I just can’t stand being told that women are being held back. The reality is that women are taking over everything.

    I also wish their was a little more realism too. Women cannot play professional football. I don’t care what anyone says. That doesn’t make me sexist — it makes me realistic. I am a guy and I know I can’t do what a female gymnast does. I have no illusions I can. Furthermore, it is okay that I can’t. I know my limitations in life.