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Reese Witherspoon Tells HollyBaby: “My Kids Are The Greatest Gift”

Thu, December 16, 2010 9:00am EDT by Add first Comment

The star gushes about her adorable kids – as well as what it’s like kissing her How Do You Know? costars!

Reese Witherspoon plays an aging athlete in How Do You Know? but in real life her career is still going strong. Yet the mother of two would give it all up in a split second to be with her daughter, Ava, 11, and 7-year-old son, Deacon (whose dad is her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, 36). When caught up with the 34-year-old we got her to dish on everything from dating horror stories to what it was like to work with Hollywood cuties Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd.

Reese says her daughter gets embarrassed by her

Christmas is less than two weeks away. What would you say has been your most amazing gift ever?
That’s so easy. My kids are the greatest gift, the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

That’s so sweet, but we’re not surprised. You seem like a very hands-on mom. What advice would you give all the HollyMoms?
Just spend the time with your kids and give yourself a break.

In your new film How Do You Know? you play a woman here who is not that interested in settling down and getting married. Can you relate?
I think it was interesting to play a woman who can articulate that she’s not ready to have a family and settle down. She’s not sure she wants it. I have a lot of friends like that. This role was written so beautifully. I love that she’s not afraid to be honest about not wanting what other women want. Obviously, it’s not like me.

So you prefer a family life?
I love it. I have two kids and a very settled-down life.

Reese wants more babies

This movie features the blind date from hell. Ever had one of those?
Yes. I went on a blind date and he corrected my grammar. I knew in the first 10 minutes that the date was over.

OMG, how horrible! What was it like to play a more non-sentimental ex-athlete who is confused about love?
It was interesting. I’ve done a lot of comedies where the woman talks about the men. She runs around going, “What should I do?” She cries to her girlfriends about love. The woman I play in this movie has a hard time conveying her own emotions. She doesn’t even really want to talk about things. She says to her boyfriend, played by Owen Wilson, “If I wake up in the middle of the night crying just ignore me.” No woman would say that in real-life to her boyfriend! I usually play more verbal characters. This woman is more interior.

She puts inspirational Post-Its around the house. Do you ever do that?
I do put inspirational Post-Its around my house. I’m definitely one of those people with Posts-Its that read: There are six evils in the world… Desire, greed, envy, etc. I try to remind myself all those things to avoid. I do believe in positive affirmations, too. My favorite is: “Judge not, lest you be judged.” Now that’s a pretty good one that has guided me through life.

Who was more appealing to you in the film – a shy type of guy like Paul Rudd or the sexy athlete played by Owen Wilson who is funny, buys great jewelry, etc.
This movie was a tough job, ladies, but someone had to do it. I felt like I was in a test kitchen here. I have to choose between Paul and Owen in this love triangle. How lucky am I to get to work with two of the most talented and handsome men in this business? Every time I’d do a scene with Owen, I’d get really attached to him. I’d want to cry when it was over. Then I’d so scenes with Paul and feel like I was cheating on Owen.

Your character is a professional softball player who must leave the biz because she’s getting older. Ever worry about aging in Hollywood?
It’s a parallel to being an actor. As a woman, we have a time. It’s our time to work, we work a lot and then hopefully you shift and become the Meryl Streeps or Diane Keatons of this business. I do know actresses have a shelf life and an expiration date.

Deacon hurt his leg. Oh no!

What advice do you wish you could have given your younger self?
I had a girlfriend who said something really smart to me the other day. She told me that she went to the same coffee shop every single night because she was in love with this guy who played in a band who went there. She never noticed the guy behind the counter who was in love with her. The best advice I wish I would have known is what my friend said when she told me, “Don’t look at the guy you’re chasing. Look at the guy chasing you.” But boy, it’s fun to chase boys when you’re young!

You’ve got that right, Reese!

–Cindy Pearlman

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