She’s an Oscar-winning actress with one of the hottest careers in Hollywood. But off-duty, Reese Witherspoon is a down-to-earth southern belle who adores her kids, cooking and clothes-swapping with friends… Below is a glimpse of the interview by Nicole Vecchiarelli in the February 2010 issue of InStyle UK:
In a corner of Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market (an indoor farmers’ market housed in a converted train station), Reese Witherspoon waits patiently in line for a table at the Down Home Diner. It’s a busy Saturday morning and golf buddies are gathering for their weekly brunch at one table, while a mother peels her son off the jukebox at another.
Reese might be one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, with a best actress Oscar (for 2005’s Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, with Joaquin Phoenix) and a slew of popular films to her name, but here, amid the perfume of the diner’s famed hickory-smoked bacon and waitresses juggling their plates, she blends in just fine.
Wearing a blue shirt and a casual linen miniskirt, the 33-year-old goes mostly unnoticed in the crowded joint. She slides into a booth, orders an egg-white scramble with a side of biscuits (which are like savoury breakfast scones) and catches up with InStyle about what’s been going on in her world.
You’re about to get a few weeks off after you finish filming your latest project. How would you describe your life when you’re not working?
“I try to exercise every day. I like to run for about an hour and I’m big into working out with girlfriends. It’s an acquired skill, being able to discuss your love life, children and friends – all while you’re running! But we have mastered it.”
What else do you do when you’re just hanging out with your girlfriends?
“There are three of us who wear pretty much the same size, so we’ll get together on a Friday night and I’ll bring clothes I want to trade and they’ll bring theirs. We swap shoes and handbags a lot. I wore my girlfriend’s dress to a wedding recently. It’s fun.”
Does your daughter Ava go through your closet?
“Sometimes. She’s almost as tall as me – it’s getting scary. But when she and Deacon get home from school, it’s more about gymnastics, horse riding, karate, or whatever.”
Do you like to cook?
“I do. And Jake is a great cook – he does it a lot. We spend the weekends outside LA in Ojai [in southern California], where I have a farmhouse. We have chickens and we grow cucumbers and tomatoes. I love it. It reminds me of where I grew up in [Nashville] Tennessee.”
Do you find it’s hard to raise your children so far from where you spent your childhood?
“Sometimes it’s really difficult for me, being far away from home. LA is where my job is and I have to be close, but I never imagined that my children wouldn’t grow up next door to my brother’s children. Or that my mum and dad wouldn’t constantly be around. “You know, I had dinner every night with my grandparents as a kid, so I think missing out on that is a hard compromise. At least I have a lot of southern friends in LA – I gravitate toward them. I think of those people as a part of my family: they take care of me and I take care of them.”
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