Reese Witherspoon on Motherhood: No One’s Really Doing it Perfectly

Southern Living Reese WItherspoonReese Witherspoon covers the September issue of Souther Living, while opening up about being a mom to her three children, Ava, 15, Deacon, 12, and Tennessee,  2½. 

The Wild actress admits she’ll never be able to juggle motherhood and a career perfectly. 

“No one’s really doing it perfectly,” Witherspoon tells. “I think you love your kids with your whole heart, and you do the best you possibly can.”


“But, you know, right now I’m feeling sad missing my little 2-year-old, and my daughter’s about to finish her freshman year of high school, and my son has a golf tournament this weekend that I hope I don’t miss,” the actress continues.

Witherspoon insists the support from her children make difficult decisions easier.

“There are some sacrifices you make, and it hurts your heart sometimes, but my kids tell me they’re proud of what I’ve accomplished, and that just means everything,” she says in the interview. “I grew up with a working mom, and I have so much respect for the things she did as a nurse and a teacher. I would never begrudge her that.”

 The actress who is married to Jim Toth recently bought a house in Nashville

“Everything is a little bit slower here, and I think I’m ready for that in my life again. When I’m here my brain relaxes,” she told.

One thing that happens when she is back south is her natural drawl comes out. 

“Early on, someone said, ‘Well, you’re never gonna get a job with an accent like that.’ I learned to change it up, but it’s like a pair of slippers that I put on when I’m at home. I start to talk more and more Southern. My kids know when I’m serious. I get really Southern,” Witherspoon jokes.

Read the full interview by picking up Southern Living on newsstands Aug. 21.