Reese Witherspoon has had, on the whole, an amazing career.
That being said, there have been some slumps for the Mud star. In a new interview with Charlie Rose, Witherspoon reflected on how far she’s come, looking back on her Academy Award win for 2005’s Walk the Line and how in the subsequent months, everything seem to come undone (the most notable thing being her split from husband of eight years, Ryan Phillippe). Us Weekly reports:
“Phew, that was a tough year that followed,” she told Rose. “I got divorced the next year and I spent a few years just trying to feel better.” The two actors — who share daughter Ava, now 15, and son Deacon, now 11 — split amidst rumors that Phillippe cheated with Australian star Abbie Cornish.
“You know, you can’t really be very creative when you feel like your brain is scrambled eggs,” continued Witherspoon, whose divorce from Phillippe was finalized in October 2007. “I was just kind of floundering career-wise cause I wasn’t making things I was passionate about, I was just kinda working. It was really clear the audiences weren’t responding to anything I was putting out there.”
After her incredible performance in Walk the Line opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Witherspoon went on to headline some TERRIBLE romantic comedies including How Do You Know and This Means War. Her “wake up call” was a 2012 New Yorker piece that named her amongst actors who were no longer box office gold. OUCH.
“I thought I was reading a profile on another actor, and somewhere at the end it said, you know, the people who are washed up, and at the end it included me, Tom Hanks, Mel Gibson,” she explained to Rose. “It really hurt my feelings, really hurt my feelings.”
It would hurt ANYONE’S feelings, girl. The fact is, Reese Witherspoon is back with Wild, and the film is getting rave reviews. What do you think of Reese’s trajectory? Will you see Wild?