Reese Witherspoon Talks Parenting, Producing Gone Girl and More

Will the Oscar winner's children follow in her show business footsteps?

By Marc Malkin Oct 23, 2013 12:04 AMTags
Reese Witherspoon, TennesseeAKM-GSI

Reese Witherspoon can't tell if her kids want to get into show business yet.

"You know, it's been a great opportunity for me," Witherspoon said last night at Elle's Women in Hollywood gala, where she was honored for work in the biz. "I've seen the world. I've met the most amazing people…It's afforded me many wonderful opportunities. So whatever they want to do with their lives, whatever dreams they have, I support them."


Witherspoon has two children, Ava, 14, and Deacon, who turns 10 tomorrow, with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe. She and her agent hubby, Jim Toth, have a 13-month-old son, Tennessee.


The young ones certainly have a mom to look up to.

"It's incredible," Witherspoon said of being honored by Elle. "I love this magazine. It's wonderful and I love this event because you get all these wonderful women, different ages, different countries and they're all just doing extraordinary things and extraordinary work in this business.

"And we all know as women, it's not easy," she said. "So it's really exciting to be here with these people who have really worked hard and gotten to this place in their lives."


You won't be seeing Witherspoon in one of her next projects. She's producing, but not acting in, director David Fincher's movie adaptation of Gone Girl. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star with Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry rounding out the cast.

Witherspoon said it "feels good" to be the boss woman (our job description, not hers).

"I like it," she said. "It's great to collaborate when people are so talented. I'm just thrilled that the movie is getting made so quickly…and this author Gillian Flynn, who is so talented, is having so much of her work produced now."

Check out more of our interview with Reese in the video below.

Watch: Reese Witherspoon Honored By "Elle"