Reese Witherspoon Covers Elle

On her divorce from Ryan Phillippe: “Very humiliating and very isolating… But, by the way, if it’s not painful, maybe it wasn’t the right decision to marry to begin with. Those are the appropriate emotions. When people get in your face and say, ‘This will pass,’ you think, Are they crazy? I’m never gonna feel any better than I feel right this minute and nothing’s ever gonna make sense again. And I still have moments where I’m like, Nothing’s ever gonna make sense again.”

On her new love, Jake Gyllenhaal: “He’s fabulous. He really is a fantastic guy. Unfortunately, he’s not in the movie, so we can’t really talk about him.”

On being a young mom: “When I first had Ava, I couldn’t afford [help]. And it was so hard. I was out in Los Angeles, living [away from my family]. I really didn’t have any friends. And I had a baby. No one else who was 22 had a baby. I couldn’t go out.”

On her rumored “Type A” personality: “I don’t think I’m a control freak. I think I’m just fearful. I operate from a lot of fear, like, of things being lost or forgotten or neglected. Losing the spiritual rather than the physical. It’s so funny to me that somehow I’ve been portrayed as a very, like, closed-off or uptight person. I’m very open.”

On the paparazzi: “Fascination is gonna die off. I honestly know it. But it’s just like I keep waiting and waiting, and then it’s just more tabloid magazines, and it keeps going. I don’t take a shower everyday. I don’t put on makeup everyday. I wear a lot of sunglasses, in case you noticed.”

On not being diet-obsessed: “I’m made of cookies after the holidays. Everything inside me is made of sugar and flour and a little red wine –a lot of red wine.”

Filed under: Ava Phillippe,Jake Gyllenhaal,Reese Witherspoon


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  1. Rinoa

    I love the colour of her hair in this shot – so pretty!

  2. cassidy

    my sissy had a little boy at 19 it is ok seya

  3. melanie

    i really really loove reese..and jake!! they make just an adorable little family, and reese seems so down to earth and real!

  4. anne

    Naw . . . that can’t possibly be Reese on the cover ~ (Why oh why do they insist on Photoshopping these things to death?! And why does every single magazine of this kind do this? What a strange–and hilarious–phenomenon.) In other matters … I think the world of her and of Jake and of the two of them together!

  5. Daze

    That looks like maybe an Olson or a Gossip Girl or maybe that Lauren girl from the Hills. Reece Witherspoon? Doesn’t look a thing like Reece Witherspoon? Where is her cute, heart-shaped face? The features that make Reece REECE!!!! Photoshop MUCH! They erased Reece into some unrecognizably bland Barbie-neutral mannequin.

  6. reeeeeese

    How many times does it have to say “Reese” for you to figure out how to spell it correctly? Even spells it on the cover of the magazine that you were criticizing… and yet you spelled it incorrectly 5 times! Maybe you’re writing about someone else, and that’s why you don’t recognize her?

  7. Kate

    Witherspoon’s fauxmance with gay Jake Gyllenhaal is beyond pathetic.

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