Reese Witherspoon has taken a step back from acting to make her family her number one priority.
The Oscar winner admits she has scaled back her acting work in order to spend more time with her children Ava, 16, and 11-year-old Deacon – her kids with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe – and two-year-old Tennessee with current spouse Jim Toth.
Reese – whose last film Hot Pursuit with Sofia Vergara came out in May – said: ”My family comes first. I haven’t made a movie probably in a year and a half. I’m focused on my business, but also I want to spend time with my teenage daughter. It’s terrifying that my oldest child is about to leave [home to go to university]. I can’t imagine not sitting at the foot of her bed, saying, ‘So what happened at school today?’ ”
The 39-year-old actress accepts ”it’s hard” to raise well-rounded children in Hollywood and she is particularly strict about what they watch on TV.
Speaking to Glamour magazine, she said: ”You hope you’re saying the right things – but also, as a kid becomes a teenager, you feel like there’s a ticking clock to tell them everything they need to know. My kids make me laugh every day. And they’re so supportive. As I get older, they understand things I worried about – the guilt of being gone – in a way that’s so healing for me, when they say, ‘Mom, we know you love what you do. We love to watch you do what you do.’ ”
Reese and Jim have been happily married for four-and-a-half years and she insists nothing has ”wildly changed” between them since they first began their romance.
She said: ”I just love him more and more. I want so much for him to be happy, and he wants me to be happy.”