Reese Witherspoon Gives Us her Life Lessons

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of Reese Witherspoon? For us it’s a winning smile, that perfect blonde hair and, of course, bend and snap. But recently we’ve been seeing a new serious side to Reese. And d’ you know what? This new side of her is even better than rom-com Reese (and that’s something we never thought we’d say!)

After a critically acclaimed turn in Wild, the actress’ next gritty role is that of Carrie Davis – a counsellor who helps a group of orphaned Sudanese children who are given the chance to resettle in Kansas after their village is massacred. Like Wild, it is also based on a true story and touches on some pretty heart-wrenching stuff. Here, the 38-year-old talks through her career transformation and the life lessons she’s learned along the way…

‘People’s doubts push me further’

“I thrive on feeling underestimated. It’s a comfortable feeling for me. As I’ve grown older my audience has, too, and these aren’t the little girls I grew up making movies for.”

‘I almost didn’t do Wild… as I was too scared’

“Wild could have been a disaster for me – people could have thought I was ridiculous – but I’ve been so lucky that people have been so open-minded. I didn’t know if I was capable of this. I was terrified of the movie before I started it. I tried everything I could to get out of it! But they wouldn’t let me.”
‘Stop judging women’

“It’s cruel and rude and disrespectful. I can go on and on and on… It bothers me immensly. Why do they have to tear women – and it’s particularly women – down? Why do we have to tear one woman down to build another up? It drives me crazy. Like, this one looks great without make-up but that one doesn’t, it’s all judgement and assault – men are prey to it as well. I just don’t think it’s with the same ferocity.”

‘Everyone is strong’

“We all feel weak, sad, distraught and lost at times. Some part of you has to just not care. We have so many reserves of love and support inside us. Anybody is capable of saving themselves.”

‘Be your own hero’

“I have had my own set of problems in life, some of which people know about and some they don’t. No mother, father, relationship or baby is going to fix your issues. You have to find the inner strength to look after yourself.”

The Good Lie is out in cinemas on the 24th April.