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Reese Witherspoon opens up about her divorce from Ryan Phillippe; ‘I spent years trying to feel better’


In a recent interview Reese Witherspoon has opened up about her divorce from fellow actor Ryan Phillippe. 

The 38-year-old revealed her feelings on the aftermath of her divorce in her chat on American TV show, 60 Minutes. 

When asked about the year that followed after winning her Oscar for Walk The Line in 2005, the actress replied that it had been tough and her divorce had a negative impact on her career. 

“I got divorced the next year. I spent a few years, just trying to feel better. You can’t really be creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs. Then I wasn’t making things I was proud of. I was just working. And it was really clear that audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.”

Not long after, the actress ended up on New Yorker magazine's list of washed-up people. 

“It really hurt my feelings, really hurt my feelings,” said the actress, when asked about how she felt when she accidentally stumbled across the article. 

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe

Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe at the Oscars in 2002

Reese met Ryan when she was just 21 and married him in 1999 when she was 23 and divorced in 2007. The couple have two children together Ava Gardiner, 15, and Deacon, 11. At the age of 29 she won her Oscar for her role as June Carter opposite Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal of Johnny Cash.

In the same interview, Reese also discusses Gone Girl, which her film company produced, and why the director David Fincher didn’t think she could play the lead, Amy Dunn, which ended up being played by Rosamund Pike.

However, Reese replies that the director didn't think she was right for the part and how happy she was that Rosamund got the role as she got the “opportunity to show that side of herself”.

Watch Reese reveal all below



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