Pizza Hut steps up to the plate after Reese reveals her 4-year-old's dream job

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated November 12, 2007 11:45 AM
Carolyn Kaster/AP

Having famous parents sure can be helpful to one’s career. Just ask Deacon Phillippe.

Though only 4, the son of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe (his folks are divorced) has a job all lined up for himself now that his mom reportedly told Britain’s Daily Express that she and Phillippe aren’t anxious for the boy, or even his older sister, to go into showbiz.

“He wants to be a pizza delivery boy,” the Walk the Line Oscar winner, 31, is quoted as telling the paper. “Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it’s hard to see how it could be a career as such.”

Have no fear, Reese, the Pizza Hut people are assuring the concerned mom. They have a job waiting for Deacon. And not just a job, they say in an open letter to the child made public by Extra. But an entire career.

Several Years to Go Yet

“Dear Deacon,” writes Sandi Karrmann, identified as the “Chief People Officer” for the pizza chain, “We recently heard that you want to be a pizza delivery driver when you grow up. How wonderful! You’ve got several years to go before you can join our team, but in the meantime we’re sending you a few things, so that you can practice.”

The company’s gifts to the boy include a Pizza Hut uniform “that’s just your size,” writes Karrmann, who also sent a mini-delivery car “for you to polish your driving skills,” as well as gift cards for Pizza Hut pizzas.

Also included: encouragement. “We have delivery drivers who have worked for us for 10, 15, even 20 years!” says the letter. “And the same Pizza Hut drivers who deliver hot, fresh pizzas right to your door have gone on to become successful business, doctors, lawyers and, yes, actors.”

In closing, Karrmann advises, “Deacon, keep on dreaming big and know that we’re saving a spot for you on our team.”

As for Witherspoon and Phillippe’s other child, 8-year-old Ava, her mother is quoted in the Express as saying, “My daughter wants to be a scientist, but they are both at the stage where it changes from one week to the next. Neither has said they want to be actors, but you never know.”