Sunday, August 28, 2011

Words to live by: Reese Witherspoon

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What Reese Witherspoon has to say...

...on her celebrity life:

"You know, it can be a crazy life. Sometimes you feel like you are on a speeding train and you just don´t know where it´s going. You can start to lose your identity and what it is that you are really working for. I don´t wake up to make movies. I wake up to have a wonderful family and to cultivate the best life for all of us, and it´s great to now have a partner in that.
We have a lot of family meetings. ´Mom´s going to be away and coming home on the weekends. How does everybody feel about that?´ It´s always military operations around here. Lots of different moving parts. I have my moments when I feel like I´m just going to collapse and I can´t do it anymore and I´m failing at everything. Like, you´re kind of good at a bunch of stuff but not really good at anything."

...on turning 35:

"I am really going through that right now. I´ve had some really kind of sad moments lately. You don´t go backward! And I think 35 for a woman is a big thing. I remember when I was a little girl looking up at my mother at 35 doing her hair in the mirror, and I thought, my mother has never been more beautiful. She had years of wisdom you can´t erase. And now I feel the same way when I look in the mirror. You can´t pretend you are an ingenue. You can´t pretend you are wide-eyed and innocent. It´s on your face! It´s in your body. It´s in your voice. It´s in your reactions to things when people say ´I just did the most morally corrupt thing I´ve done in my life´ and you literally don´t blink. You´ve either done it yourself or you know someone who has."

...on her children:

"I know it´s corny, but being a parent to me is such a great privilege; that I get to chaperone these beautiful little souls through life. They astound me with their knowledge and their humor. Parenthood is not at all what I expected it to be. I thought you make little people in your image. But they are just nothing like me or their father. They are their own individuals."

...on the worst thing about being Reese Witherspoon:

"I mean, I feel like an ingrate for even thinking anything isn´t good. I´m very very very lucky. But... umm ... probably that I parted with my privacy a long time ago. We went different ways. And sometimes I mourn it. Sometimes I will sit in the car and cry. Because I can´t get out. That´s the only thing: I mourn the loss of my privacy."

"Usually, I´m a little bit of a squirrel. I have a squirrelly energy. Like, you don´t know where your next nut is gonna come from."


  1. I really like what she has to say about being 35! It is so refreshing to read about women who embrace their age and don't try to act younger.

    And it's a bit heartbreaking to read about her loss of privacy. I always think about that with celebrities. I don't understand how reality stars like the Kardashians are comfortable with giving up almost all of their personal moments.

  2. I just love her. I always thought she was really cool and down the earth and interviews like that make me feel like she'd be cool to meet out in public. of course that's why she has no privacy. B/c we all think she's so cool!

  3. SO GREAT! I love Reese and loved Water For Elephants! Such a great thing to start the week off reading!


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