Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, 37, says that her two eldest children — daughter Ava and and son Deacon — inspired her to become a movie producer because she is concerned about what types of roles women have in movies. Witherspoon is on the cover of the November 2013 issue of Elle magazine, which released quotes from the interview on Oct. 11, 2013. The issue goes on sale on Oct. 22, 2013.
Witherspoon and actor Ryan Phillippe were married from 1999 to 2007. Their two children are Ava (born in 1999) and Deacon (born in 2004). After her breakup with Phillippe, Witherspoon dated her "Rendition" co-star Jake Gyllenhaal off and on for a few years. In 2011, Witherspoon married agent Jim Toth; their, son Tennessee, was born in 2012.
Witherspoon said in the Elle interview: “I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way. Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids- probably really competitive, to be honest,” she said. ”It really made me let go of that.
"I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn’t seeing women as the stars of movies. I’m seeing them as the guys’ girlfriends, or so-and-so’s wife. I just thought: 'God, if I don’t start buckling down and start producing some movies, what’s my daughter going to see in the movies?'”
Reese Witherspoon formed Type A Films in 2000, shortly after the success of her 1999 movie "Legally Blonde."
Type A Films produced 2003's "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde," 2008's "Penelope," 2008's "Four Christmases," 2009's "Legally Blondes" (a TV-movie) and 2011's "This Means War." Witherspoon starred in all of these movies, except for "Legally Blondes."
In 2012, Witherspoon merged Type A Films with producer Bruna Panadrea's production company Make Movies to create a new production company called Pacific Standard.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pacific Standard announced in a press release that is developing a movie based on the novel "Wild," which is described as “a powerful and honest memoir that tells the story of an 1,100-mile solo hike that breaks down a young woman reeling from catastrophe — and brings her back to life."
In the press release, Witherspoon commented: "I've always been impressed by Bruna's taste and her skills as a producer. I'm very excited to be working with her. It's a pleasure to collaborate with someone so smart, fun and formidable."
Witherspoon won an Oscar for Best Actress, for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in the 2005 drama "Walk the Line." She and "Walk the Line" co-star Joaquin Phoenix (who starred as Johnny Cash) won Grammy Awards for singing on the "Walk the Line" soundtrack.
Witherspoon tarnished her wholesome image in April 2013, when she and Toth were arrested in Atlanta. He was arrested for driving under the influence, while she was arrested for disorderly conduct. A surveillance video of the arrest was released to the public, and the video showed Witherspoon arguing with the police officer and asking him if he knew who he was. In the video, Toth apologized to the police officer for Witherspoon's attitude.
After the video was released, Witherspoon made a public apology through a statement through her publicist: "Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
Witherspoon also did a "Good Morning America" interview to make another apology. During the interview, she admitted that she lied to the police officer during the incident when she told him that she was pregnant in order to try to avoid being arrested.
In May 2013, Witherspoon pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct, and she was fined $213. Toth pleaded guilty and was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, an alcohol education program, and one year of probation.
Witherspoon had a supporting role in the 2013 drama "Mud," an independent movie starring Matthew McConuaghey. "Mud" was an indie hit, but Witherspoon has not had a big hit studio movie since she had a voice role in 2009 animated film "Monsters vs. Aliens." After "Monsters vs. Aliens," she starred in the critically panned flops "How Do You Know" (released in 2010) and "This Means War" (released in 2011).
After "Mud," Witherspoon's next movie is "The Devil's Knot," an independent drama based the book of the same name that chronicled the West Memphis Three child murder cases. In "The Devil's Knot," Witherspoon plays Pamela Hobbs, the mother of murder victim Stevie Branch. "The Devil's Knot" premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released in the U.S. by Image Entertainment in 2014 on a date to be announced.