"We garden a lot," Reese Witherspoon tells Ellen DeGeneres of the story behind 4-year-old son Tennessee's wish for a plant to grow for Christmas

By Jen Juneau
December 13, 2016 11:40 AM
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Southern hospitality maven Reese Witherspoon (a.k.a. Wreath Witherspoon) is gearing up for the Christmas season at home with her family: husband Jim Toth and kids Tennessee James, 4, Deacon, 13, and Ava, 17.

“I have two teenagers and a 4-year-old,” the Sing voice actress, 40, says on Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, adding jokingly, “Happy holidays to me.”

What is her younger son into this year as far as Christmas wishes go? The answer probably isn’t surprising for anyone with young boys at home. “He likes Legos, Pokémon — stuff like that,” she says.

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Ellen DeGeneres then tells the Oscar winner what many parents are probably thinking: “If you give him Legos, in the middle of the night, he will step on a Lego.”

“I know,” she replies. “Somebody should invent soft Legos, without hard, pointy edges.”

Witherspoon adds that the family likes to garden, which has inspired a couple of items on Tennessee’s Christmas list.

“He wants carrots, and he wants a plant to grow,” the working mama shares. “He wants to have a little pot with a seed, and he wants to grow plants. It’s really cute.”

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The Wild star explains that Sing is the first movie Tennessee will “see” her in. In the film, she voices a pig named Rosita who dreams of being a singer, but abandons her dream to raise her 25 kids.

“All my kids saw it a couple weeks ago and then my 4-year-old saw it, but he’s super confused,” Witherspoon says. “Every morning, he wakes up, and he’s like, ‘Hold on … it’s your voice, but you’re not a pig, but your voice is coming out of the pig.”

She continues, “I kept trying to explain it, [saying] it’s animated, and finally I was just like, ‘You know what? It’s just magic.’ And I realized anytime a 4-year-old just says, ‘Why is the sky blue?’ ‘Magic. It’s magic.’ ”

Sing is in theaters everywhere Wednesday, Dec. 21.