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A collection of quotes by Reese Witherspoon on love, life, child, marriage, influence, acting, work, family, women, business, fear, confidence and determination.

61 Great Quotes By Reese Witherspoon That Will Make You Fall In Love With Her

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Famous As
Actress

Born On
22 March 1976 AD

Born In
New Orleans

Age
41

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an acclaimed American actress, businesswoman and producer. She is regarded as one of the most well-known actresses of the modern era and has won several awards and million hearts. Witherspoon’s career as an actress started off quite early when she debuted in the film ‘The Man in the Moon’ while she was still in her teens. However, her biggest break as a leading lady came with the film ‘Legally Blonde’, released in 2001 and Witherspoon never looked back since. Some of her noted films include ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘Legally Blonde 2’, ‘Monsters vs Aliens’, ‘Sing and Water for Elephants’ among others. She bagged in the ‘Academy Award’, ‘BAFTA Award’ and the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for best actress for her performance in the film ‘Walk the Line’. She is without doubt one of the most gifted actresses of her generation. Over the years, she has also championed many causes and one of her longest associations has been with ‘Save the Children’. Witherspoon has spoken about the causes she promotes as often as she can. She has become one of the most responsible Hollywood stars of the modern era. Here is a collection of some of her quotes and thoughts excerpted from her movies, interviews, tweets and other public utterances. 

I love to sing around the house and in the car, but my daughter hates it.

- Reese Witherspoon

My ex-husband is very involved in raising our beautiful children. We're very lucky because we both grew up in working families in middle America. We're on the same page that way.

- Reese Witherspoon

I spent a lot of my 20s just trying to make other people happy, rather than trying to figure out if doing that made me happy.

- Reese Witherspoon

Do I need men? I don't think it's about needing men. It's about love.

- Reese Witherspoon

I really wanted to be a Broadway kid.

- Reese Witherspoon

I think it's really interesting to play a woman who can articulate that she isn't ready to have a family and isn't even sure if she wants a family. I have a lot of friends like that. But obviously, that's not me.

- Reese Witherspoon

It's hard having kids. It's hard having a job. It's hard having a relationship - for anybody.

- Reese Witherspoon

I'm losing friendships over forgetting to get back to people. But you can't keep up with everything. I've got a 13-year-old, a nine-year-old and a baby.

- Reese Witherspoon

It's fun chasing boys, especially when you're young, but I think it takes time and life experience to notice the other boys.

- Reese Witherspoon

It's fun to do a comedy and hook people in and then hoodwink them into watching a serious movie. I like to lead in with the comedy and then hit them over the head with a drama.

- Reese Witherspoon

Well I always wanted to be Dolly Parton when I was a little girl. I was obsessed with her.

- Reese Witherspoon

We each own one car, and we have a reasonable house. It's a lovely place to be, but it's not extravagant.

- Reese Witherspoon

That said, my kids are at home right now with my husband and I'm missing something important at my daughter's school which makes me feel sick inside. It's a lot of balance and a lot of really hard decision making.

- Reese Witherspoon

That said, I'd love to do a musical, either in film or on stage.

- Reese Witherspoon

Ryan and I didn't grow up like this at all, with this much attention. We'll just try to keep their feet on the ground and raise them with the values we were raised with.

- Reese Witherspoon

I'm just chatty. But I do express my opinion.

- Reese Witherspoon

I think movies are great and I have a great time making them but they're not what keeps you warm at night, or what's ultimately the most important thing in anyone's life journey.

- Reese Witherspoon

I read while the kids play. I can see them from the kitchen window. And I'm a fast reader.

- Reese Witherspoon

I got a role in this movie called Freeway playing this really angry, aggressive, violent young woman who believed wholeheartedly in the truth. I had such satisfaction afterward, and I thought, That's what I want to do.

- Reese Witherspoon

But listen, I'm 29-years-old, I'm really lucky to be there and whatever happens I've been really blessed already. I have plenty of awards for this movie and if this was it for me I'd be really content.

- Reese Witherspoon

The joy we get as actors is out of transforming ourselves into something that's not necessarily anything true to ourselves. And it's a power - not being yourself, and being in the role; it's just like another prop.

- Reese Witherspoon

For our first date, I made Ryan Hamburger Helper, which is basically what I grew up on. I make my own version of it now, with macaroni and cheese and hamburger meat. And the kids - it's their favorite dinner.

- Reese Witherspoon

There's no bad consequence to loving fully, with all your heart. You always gain by giving love.

- Reese Witherspoon

Realizing you're not anything special to the kids is always a great sort of reminder that you're just a regular person. A regular, embarrassing old mom.

- Reese Witherspoon

I literally think I look bad in every picture.

- Reese Witherspoon

Lord knows, every day is not a success, every year is not a success. You have to celebrate the good.

- Reese Witherspoon

I don't think I realised how stressed I was, being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It's not easy on anybody.

- Reese Witherspoon

I worry about my kids growing up and how the world might hurt them. But at the same time, I absolutely do not worry about them growing up - because they have great values and a great sense of self.

- Reese Witherspoon

My whole drive to be an actor was finding roles that I really believed represent modern women, the struggles that we deal with. Women who are strong and capable and in control of their own lives.

- Reese Witherspoon

I don't know what I would have done so many times in my life if I hadn't had my girlfriends.

- Reese Witherspoon

It's funny that it all becomes about clothes. It's bizarre. You work your butt off and then you win an award and it's all about your dress. You can't get away from it.

- Reese Witherspoon

It really bothers me when people don't use coasters. Particularly on my table.

- Reese Witherspoon

I started working on trying to sound like June from the very beginning.

- Reese Witherspoon

I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real.

- Reese Witherspoon

Confidence is everything in this business.

- Reese Witherspoon

But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear.

- Reese Witherspoon

I take the kids to church and Sunday school. They love it. I really think it's important for a child to feel that there are things that are bigger than your life out there.

- Reese Witherspoon

I have to admit I was dismayed when I found out 'type A' refers to a category of risk for heart disease - I thought it was just a nickname my mom gave me!

- Reese Witherspoon

When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car.

- Reese Witherspoon

I played a lawyer in a movie, so, many times I think I am a lawyer. And clearly I'm not a lawyer, because I got arrested.

- Reese Witherspoon

I would love to have more kids. Kids are the best part of my day. I don't wake up to make movies. I wake up to hang out with my family.

- Reese Witherspoon

Well I had my kids so young that I kind of feel that I'm a kid too and am growing up with them. The things they're interested in tend to really influence me.

- Reese Witherspoon

Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out.

- Reese Witherspoon

Everybody needs love. Everyone deserves it.

- Reese Witherspoon

I love to cook comfort food. I'll make fish and vegetables or meat and vegetables and potatoes or rice. The ritual of it is fun for me, and the creativity of it.

- Reese Witherspoon

I think women are natural caretakers. They take care of everybody. They take care of their husbands and their kids and their dogs, and don't spend a lot of time just getting back and taking time out.

- Reese Witherspoon

I don't believe in perfection. I don't think there is such a thing. But the energy of wanting things to be great is a perfectionist energy

- Reese Witherspoon

Robert Pattinson loves to read and watch old movies and he’s very smart.

- Reese Witherspoon

I don't believe in perfection. I don't think there is such a thing.

- Reese Witherspoon

If something seems frightening or horrible, I should probably do it.

- Reese Witherspoon

If you are not yelling at your kids,you are not spending enough time with them.

- Reese Witherspoon

Being a Southern person and a blonde, it's not a good combination. Immediately, when people meet you, they think of you as not being smart.

- Reese Witherspoon

When you finally accept that you're a complete dork, your life gets easier. No sense in trying to be cool.

- Reese Witherspoon

I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything.

- Reese Witherspoon

I had someone correct my grammar once on a blind date, and within the first 10 minutes the date was over. You just don't correct somebody's grammar. That's just not okay. I'm from Tennessee, so I probably say everything wrong. I might have said 'ain't,' or something like that.

- Reese Witherspoon

To play June, I had an immediate connect with her background and culture. We grew up with the same religion and shared a lot of the same values of family and spirituality. But I was really so inspired by what a modern woman she was.

- Reese Witherspoon

Even people that know Johnny Cash's music really well and know that he was married don't really know that much about June Carter. So finding out about her really helped to inform my performance and to bring her to the front in a way that she has never been before.

- Reese Witherspoon

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.

- Reese Witherspoon

I think, like every working parent, I sometimes feel that there are not enough hours in the day. But overall, I'm very fortunate that my job has a lot of flexibility. I spend a lot of time with the kids, just around the house.

- Reese Witherspoon

I had parents who believed I could do anything - and I know how that made me feel. I think both my parents, having careers in the medical profession, feel they are helping people on a daily basis, and that was inculcated in me as a value. I had to struggle with giving up the idea of becoming a doctor myself.

- Reese Witherspoon

Somebody close to me once said, 'Oh, no man will ever accept your children.' And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life. I was determined to find somebody who would make that not true.

- Reese Witherspoon