- Reese Witherspoon doesn’t want to slow ageing—in fact, she says age has helped her prioritise what’s most important in life.
- “I’m 45. I know who I want to spend time with and who I don’t,” The Morning Show star said in a recent interview. “And that is one of the great things about getting older.”
- After a near-billion-dollar deal, Witherspoon is also stepping into her power behind the camera: “I do think I’m very good at what I do. I’ve been doing it for 30 years.”
Although she might look exactly the same as she did in Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon is getting older, just like the rest of us—and she loves it. At 45, The Morning Show star is all over Hollywood, both onscreen and behind the camera, and she credits a big part of her success to the confidence that comes with age.
In a new interview with InStyle USA, Witherspoon got candid about the unexpected benefits of growing older. “I’m 45. I know who I want to spend time with and who I don’t,” she explained. “And that is one of the great things about getting older—it just clears out so much space.”
“I want to be with my mum, my kids, and the people who fill my tank,” Witherspoon continued. “And everybody else, I wish them well.”
And being around family has another unexpected benefit: Because she looks so much like her kids, people often think Witherspoon is her daughter, Ava. “Well, I love being mistaken for her because it makes me feel so young,” she revealed. “I’m so proud of her. She really rolls with it. I’m sure it’s not easy looking exactly like your mother.”
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It’s not just Witherspoon’s personal life that’s benefiting from a change in perspective, though; the Little Fires Everywhere actress just entered an exciting new phase of her career, too. In August, her Hello Sunshine production company sold for over $900 million, and it’s poised to release plenty of exciting projects (like turning Where the Crawdads Sing into a movie!) in 2022.
“LeBron James doesn’t go, ‘I’m kinda, sorta good at basketball.’ He’s like, “I’m the best there ever was,’” she said. “So, yes, I do think I’m very good at what I do. I’ve been doing it for 30 years. I know what I’m doing. Give me the ball.”
For Witherspoon, age brings confidence and know-how that younger people often just don’t have. “I have a point of view because I’ve been on this planet for 43 years, and I didn’t feel that same way when I was 25. I didn’t have the same things to say,” she told Allure USA in 2019.
“I’ve had a whole bunch of experiences, and I can speak with a thoughtfulness about the changes I’d like to see in the world,” Witherspoon continued. “I just feel like I earned that grey hair and my fine lines. I like ‘em. I so prefer 43 to 25.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.