Happy Birthday, Reese Witherspoon! The Oscar-Winning Actress Shares What She's Learned
"This idea that we are our own saviors, our own heroes. That's hard, but also incredibly uplifting."
– On saving yourself, to Harper's Bazaar UK
"I was 23. I didn't know what I was doing. I was young. It was shocking. When people ask, 'When's the best time to get pregnant?' I say, 'Pick the best day for when your entire life is gonna change.' There's no good time to have your world turned upside down."
– On the right time to have kids, to Glamour
"I think for a few years I was a little bit lost as an artist, not being able to find what I wanted to do and making choices that I wasn't ultimately very happy with and what started this whole string of things that I was doing personally was just getting back to wanting to play interesting, dynamic female characters."
– On finding herself again post-Oscar win, to The Independent
"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."
– On being "perfect"
"I get crazy in a bookstore. It makes my heart beat hard because I want to buy everything."
– On her love of the written word
"I encourage women to step up. Don't wait for somebody to ask you."
– On standing up for yourself, to InStyle
"It's a great thing, getting older. You are who you are; you say what you mean."
– On growing up, to Harper's Bazaar
"I do believe that if you want to change the world, you have to be responsible for it."
– On being a catalyst for change, to InStyle
"All those things that you're worried about are not important. You're going to be OK. Better than OK. You're going to be great. Spend less time tearing yourself apart, worrying if you're good enough. You are good enough. And you're going to meet amazing people in your life who will help you and love you."
– On the advice she'd give her younger self, to Glamour
"Confidence is everything in this business."
– On her key to success
"I've realized that life is too short to spend my time with anybody who doesn't appreciate me, treat me with respect or bring value to the relationship. I'm much more confident now, and I feel like I have the ability to say, 'Nope, I don't want to work with that person.' "
— On knowing what she wants, to InStyle