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Reese Witherspoon Covers Parade Magazine

Reese Witherspoon Covers Parade Magazine

Reese Witherspoon speaks candidly in this Sunday’s issue of Parade about her divorce with Ryan Phillippe, feeling unsure about marriage with Jake Gyllenhaal and the biggest detriment in her life — tabloid fame. Here’s a sampling:

On her divorce with actor Ryan Phillippe: “There are things in my life that are hard to reconcile, like divorce. Sometimes it is very difficult to make sense of how it could possibly happen. Laying blame is so easy. I don’t have time for hate or negativity in my life. There’s no room for it. When you make wrong choices, you have to take responsibility for them: ‘What part of this do I own?’ I struggle to figure out what made me make those choices. All I can hope for is that I’ve learned something from it and won’t make the same choices again.”

On the biggest problem in her life: “The biggest detriment of my life is tabloid fame. It removes me from people. When I first meet someone, it is so hard for me to overcome everything they’ve read about me. It’s not fair. It’s difficult, because I’m the kind of person who just wants to hug people.”

On giving her kids a good value system: “”I’m teaching the children what we were taught growing upā€”a real set of rules, discipline, and love. Children thrive with a sense of structure, and they’re frightened without it. The ways you behave, how you speak to other peopleā€”those things don’t leave you… The other day my son said to me, ‘Mama, why do I have to take off my hat in the house?’ I was like, ‘Because it’s respectful. That’s why you take off your hat.’ And he goes, ‘And I always have to take off my hat in church, too!’ It really bothered him. But those values sustain a life. Respect. Faith. Empathy. Compassion.”

On what life would be if she wasn’t an actress: “I loved Stanford, and I wish I had gone back and finished. Today, if I were not an actor, I’d probably be a social anthropologist or a psychologist. I have an endless curiosity about people. But then I think, ‘I’ve been very lucky. I don’t regret the path I went on in life’.

For the full cover story, visit Reese photo gallery here and bonus quotes here.

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  • ew

    realitychecksofu is definitely Reese herself.

  • ny1

    hahhaha…whomever photoshopped that pic needs to be fired! that does not look like reese!

  • Ivana

    Kristen you comments are so logical and down to earth…. Love you :-)

  • Kristen

    Thank you Ivana

    I have read many of your posts and find you very interesting and thoughtful.

    Love you and all the logical people posting here. It is a refreshing change from all the negativity.

  • Ivana

    Sorry i mean YOUR comments… :)))
    I must stop with this writing…. i start begin obsessive :)))

  • reggie

    I just want to strangle….er…I mean hug…..people. Yeah, write that down. And like I almost became a nuclear physicist……I mean social anthopologist…… Yeah write that down. And I do believe in LOVE. I do I do I do.. Believe me I just love everybody. That’s how I got to be the highest paid actress in Hollyweird. I did NOT sleep with anybody to get ahead. “Gave head”???? No, I said “get ahead.” Now repeat after me: love love love love.

  • reggie

    Jakey better read the writing on the wall. She seems to have made it clear she has no intention of marrying him. Maybe he doesn’t want marriage or kids. Wonder why? If he does, he’s probably wasting his time on her. Wake up Jakey and smell the coffee. She ain’t goin’ to marry you.

  • reggie

    Jakey these women are just no damn good. You need to get back to your male pals. Like Newton, or whatever his name was. You and he were pretty tight there for a while. Or maybe Chris will marry you. Is a gay marriage legal in Massachusetts. Then you and yours could cook up a storm together. What bliss.


    Interview – Reese Witherspoon is beyond stupid! What a phony!


    please find another beard, this ugly b*tch is making you look bad!

  • Ivana

    So guys, what you think…. who is right WOMAN for Jake ???

  • reggie

    “right woman”???? Maybe we should find the “right man.” LOL. Then nobody would expect him to get married.

  • anon

    I bet Jake and Reese will get marry soon!

    This kind of people – like Reese – says one thing but does another thing completely different.

    I Ā“d prefer Reese was saying the truth cause Jake is too young for a wedding with woman mother of two.

  • Kristen


    what is wrong with a woman with two kids?

  • se


    Ryan Phillippe is responsable for his 2 kids and the laws by justice say that .
    Jake Gyllenhaal will always be a babysitter of 2 children not his father.
    In the future when these child will get married Jake Gyllenhaal can be by formal cerimony with the children because he isn’t the father and he don’t represent their parents!

  • se

    Look at these men. How is an ignorant and stupidy! He can’t the real world and he will more stupidy in a house for a little sex with a celullite women and to work as babby sitter!
    He will go soon to the home for old people!

  • Kristen

    FYI se

    IF Reese and Jake get married he WILL BE their step-father and a step-father does represent his step chidlren. YOU idiot.

    sorry but I didn’t get the memo that you were perfect. Must be in my pile of bullsh*t mail.

    You know when I first started reading your posts I thought you were a little off. Now I know you just plain fuckin CRAZY!