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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